Ok, mini blog, but tomorrow I’m giving evidence at the Treasury Select Committee on the Credit Application Trap, using a lot of the credit application trap feedback from the forum. Now the other day for an informal meeting with the PM’s special advisors at number 10 (see my No. 10 blog for a pic) I wore my...
While this may sound trivial, and indeed is, I need to admit horror at something my friend Richard did at our house over the weekend. He had a Kit Kat two finger packet, and instead of breaking it into fingers, simply bit across both fingers as if it was a single bar, entirely ignoring the Kit Kat’s...
Walking through the gates of Downing Street is a bizarre experience. Before you get there it’s all hustle and bustle, but then once through it’s an old-fashioned London street that seems bizarre as there’s no traffic or people. Yesterday afternoon, MSE Wendy and I went to meet two of the PM’s special advisors to chat about the...
I’m a loser. I’ve a history of losing mobile phones. This isn’t the first time I’ve admitted it though, in fact there’s a whole chapter dedicated to it in the Money Diet. Last Thursday night was another classic example. I’d been kindly invited by GMTV to the London Press Ball, which is in aid of the journalists’...
The Post Office has decided to pump serious money into advertising its savings products – using former James Bond Roger Moore – he of the effervescent eyebrows. And international espionage is exactly the right theme, for unlike the vast majority of savings accounts, Post Office savings are NOT protected with the usual £50,000 per person UK guarantee...
Whenever I look at the premiership or any other football table mid-season it occurs to me that the display is mismatched according to the amount of games teams have played. This is more prevalent later in the season when there’s a bigger discrepancy between games Now of course you can simply look at the “games played” and...
I’m quite excited about the programme on tonight. I’ve always wanted to do a Thrifty Ways programme, and it’s on ITV1 at 8pm. Often when doing a Tonight I do the voice-over without seeing the programme, as it’s done by the team in Manchester. This however was a London production, so I’ve seen it. I think it’s...
Forgive me slipping straight into a football analogy for the economy, yet as a Man City fan we’re quite used to tragedy so it lends itself nicely. This season, even though City has new owners and a strong new team, I’m still focused on us hitting 40 points. Once that’s done it means we’re safe from relegation,...
Q. How many TV experts does it take to make a coffee? A. Two. GMTV green room this morning. There’s a new tap which gives either boiling water for coffee or cold water. Dr. Hilary and I went to grab a coffee. Sadly the tap defeated us. It had two tabbed flaps and a button. It took...
Unlike many, I’m sympathetic towards MPs this morning. Many are in the following awful position: They made an expenses claim. They told the official body what they were doing and had it approved Now retrospectively they are being told they got too much money and need to find the cash to pay it back. To me there’s...
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12 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.