Today www.tunechecker.com launches. Its aim is quite simple: it compares prices for over 9 million MP3 download tracks. It feels like a day to crack open the champagne (note to self stock up on the cheap champagne) as the tunechecker’s been a bit of a pet project of the team’sI for the past number of months. MSE’s...
Apparently I’ve come second in a poll for the most trusted business journalist, which is great. Except I’m a money journalist not a business journalist. My worry is this type of confusion is rife and is a nuisance to personal finance reporting. The story is on the press gazette website. “The BBC’s Robert Peston has been named...
My inbox is my crucial self-managment tool. It’s my ‘things to do list’ as I send myself emails all the time to remind me to do stuff. On top of that I get about 200-300 emails a day, excluding my public inbox, which gets 1,000s. So as you can imagine keeping on top of it isn’t easy,...
I woke up this morning to find out that my wife is apparently pregnant – or actually she’s not, but what a weird experience… started flicking through The Independent and found a profile had been written of me… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/martin-lewis-money-man-1829892.html (30 Nov – the ‘who is expecting her first child’ line has now kindly been taken out after...
I seem to be writing this all the time recently (see over 1m visits in a day and over 900k visits in a day), but the site’s beaten its record traffic for the third time. So to keep stats nuts happy here’s the latest stats and a shock ‘most popular page’ The Overall Stats: 1.13m visits We...
On my way back from GMTV this morning, I called my wonderful 87 year old Grandma, as I normally do when I’ve a spare minute in the day. Sadly she struggles a bit with some concepts these days – though her protective instincts are as strong as ever – I thought the conversation may make you smile....
Well, he’s the second celebrity to come out of the closet (bought with a voucher one hopes) as being an MSE user in the last week. First there was X-factor’s Jamie Archer – and now according to the Daily Mail so is… Michael McIntyre (see the Mail’s Michael McIntyre profile). This comes as no surprise and clears...
A. I’ve been asked this question a couple of times this weekend & many times in the past. Not specifically about MSE (for that see how this site’s financed guide) but far more generically about the internet. Being someone so immersed in web culture, I always find it slightly surprising that people think that way, so I...
I’m currently sitting in the midst of a giant shopping centre, laptop on knee writing my News of the World column (or I was until I interrupted it now to write this). The place is packed with shoppers, lunchers and browsers – babies are crying, multi-lingual conversation springs from every corner – yet bizarrely I find it...
I was doing a check of Google Trends today, which I do every once in a while. It’s a great free tool as you can plot search terms or web traffic and compare different terms and sites (see my past Kate Nash v Amy Winehouse blog for how to use it). Yet when I looked at the...
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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.