I’m having one of those days that we all get, where everything feels a struggle and the world seems blue. So instead of staying in MoneySaving Towers, I nipped across to the Westfield shopping centre opposite to treat myself to a tasty, healthy salad for lunch in the foodcourt. When paying for it the chap serving asked...
Over Christmas we launched a quick quiz to test and train people’s MoneySaving knowledge. Now the full MoneySaving IQ test has replaced it, I thought it’d be interesting to review what people got right and wrong. When I wrote the questions, I wanted them to be difficult as I don’t believe people would see a benefit if...
The Madoff scam in the USA is thought to have cost people up to £50 billion, and there’s talk of similar schemes having been operated in the UK. Yet I’ve read a lot of confusion about what’s happened. Sometimes it’s called a pyramid scheme; other times a Ponzi. So I thought I’d do a quick blog to...
I’ve just been contacted by a newspaper running a story based on Hitwise’s (the web monitoring specialists) press release, which says in Q4 2008, I was the most searched personality in the UK, unbelievably beating Barack Obama by 11%! The story is here – Hitwise blogs. It’s a bit of a challenge to know how to comment...
Thanks to eagle-eyed and eared forumite ‘Nile’ for this. Apparently, Coronation Street’s Kirk is a MoneySaver. According to Nile (who kindly watched the repeat so it could be transcribed) this was in the dialogue, and it’s referring to MoneySavingExpert.com Rovers Return scene Kirk: It’s great this website. All these tips about how to save money. I was...
I wonder if Consumer Focus read my blog a few weeks ago when British Gas cut prices (Is Consumer Focus in British Gas’ pocket?). Essentially they applauded British Gas’ palty 10% gas price cut; quite ridiculous for a Consumer organisation. Yet, I’ve just received the following from it. “Responding to news that EON is to cut electricity...
I’ve just arrived back at MSE Towers from the Buckingham Palace relaunch of www.royal.gov.uk. While not much of a Royalist generally, I couldn’t resist the chance to glimpse inside and see what it was all about. Though it did involve having to put a suit on, not something I do often, or with relish. It’s a little...
Ok, a little bit of an exaggeration, but when reading this story in the News of the World about how Wayne & Colleen had been to a restaurant and paid with a voucher I thought “HOORAH”. Over the last year or so it’s wonderful to see the stigma of using voucher has faded into nothingness. The daily...
As you’ll have read in the weekly e-mail, last Friday was Samaritans Stress Down day, and we were giving away 50 pairs of Samaritans green monster stress-free slippers to celebrate. As such, and because I was one of the campaign’s supporters, I thought I’d better support the cause, so on Friday afternoon, I put and kept them...
It may sound strange to say that about a programme I’m presenting, but the truth is I haven’t seen it yet. It’s been done on a tight deadline, and the producer Bob and his team have done well to get so much material out in time. As part of the speedy process, quite a few chunks are...
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26 September 2023
11 September 2023Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
4 September 2023The 2023 academic year is about to start, and it'll see the biggest shake-up to student finance in England for a decade. The changes are both subtle and massive. On the surface they look like a tweak, in practice they will increase the eventual cost of going to university by over 50% for many typical graduates.