Slightly annoyed with myself. As my slot ended today, Emma complimented me on air about my shirt (a bright purple one – stripy of course) So I told the tale of how I’d bought them: there were three similar ones of different colours, and I’d got 25% off after asking for a discount. It’s all about haggling....
If I had a penny for every time that thought had popped into my head in response to a question I’ve been sent, I reckon I could easily have £17.28. Whilst not much money, it’s a lot of people. Whether it’s emails to the site, suggestions for Question of the week in the email, or emails for...
It’s now become an almost annual tradition that Mrs MSE and I, rather bizarrely, get invited to the Cartier polo at Windsor – one of the big events of the summer ‘social’ calendar (see past blogs how the other 1% live & Michael Buerk, what’s the manly way to hold a fan?) This all comes about as...
In last night’s Big Brother, two of the housemates, Kenny and Siavash, were put through a “wealth” test. It involved correctly naming the prices of various objects from a pint of milk to a top end Ferrari. Yet for me the entire premise was fundamentally flawed (I know it’s Big Brother so I’m not taking it too...
For those who don’t know, stoozing (18) is the name for making free money from credit cards (see the stoozers guide). You may therefore be surprised at the title of this blog (7), as it’s something I’ve long been associated with: I was the first person to broadcast a system on how to do it way back...
Recently had the sweetest email come through… “PLEASE Martin can I have your ashes hat.My oldest son is 46 and cricket mad,a welsh england supporter,he would wear it with pride………..” (name withheld) The hat she’s talking about is this one in the logo at the top of the site: Sorry to break the news, it’s only a...
I’ve had a rather strange, name-calling email from someone due to the site’s Cheap Flights Guide and FlightChecker, which successfully show people how to get the cheapest flights. While I believe environmental concerns are important, so is protecting the pounds in peoples’ pockets. And the clue to this site’s priorties lies at the top of every page:...
I was listening to Radio 5 Live in my headphones on the way into GMTV this morning (on the back of a taxi motorbike at 6:40ish – the best way for live telly as it means traffic problems are diminished). The money presenter Andy Verity was in a Northampton sausage shop to test the nation’s recession temperature....
We’re starting to get reports in from both Alicante and Malaga airport, that a few people have cropped up saying they’re working for me, and doing surveys about PPI misselling. This is a lie and a fraud, and with one exception (see below) everyone should walk away from them. How their scam works… The following is one...
This week was a momentous one for the site, due to a subtle change. It marks a new stage in its development and it all revolves around the Travel Money Maximiser. While it’s been on the site for eighteen months, we’ve just supercharged it with more providers and facilities, like a buy back comparison. Yet more revolutionary...
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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.