There are some things you thought you’d never say. For me, “my wife’s getting jiggy with Michael Fish” is right up there, but it’s true… On Saturday night Mrs. MSE is taking part in the Sports Relief Let’s Dance programme as part of the weather girls’ team. Alongside GMTV’s Claire Nasir and ITV’s Becky Mantin, she’ll be...
On Friday night in the office, we were celebrating MSE Dan’s engagement to his girlfriend, now fiancée, Laura the week before (huge congratulations to them both)… I instantly thought of my own engagement. Within three minutes everyone started asking ‘when’s the date’ and the pressure came on to sort out the wedding. Then it occurred to me,...
The furore over Sir Nicholas Winterton MP’s uncouth comments about train travel seems to miss the point. Of course his remarks were ill-judged and out of order, saying on Radio 5 of people in standard class, who of course pay his salary… “They are a totally different type of people. There are lots of children, there is...
This site was founded 7 years ago today, 22 February, and the design cost me £100. I’d drawn exactly what I wanted on a piece of paper and sent it out to a designer in Uzbekistan (see MSE history). Prior to that, while I used the same URL, it was effectively just my home page and looked...
This is a message to pun-meister comedian Tim Vine…. we’ve got your number! Mrs MSE and I are going along with Jeremy Vine (Tim’s brother) and Mrs Vine to see a gig soon, and luckily someone has just sent me this denofgeek article. Here’s a quick cut and paste of the offending paragraph… On your last DVD,...
I love the Olympics, and I’m glued every evening to my TV set, watching bizarre sports on white backgrounds… One of my favourite discoveries has been Snowboard Cross – a motorcross race done on snowboards, with people gliding through the air as often as on the snow, and full of thrills and spills. If you don’t know...
Mid-lurgy (the noro-virus isn’t fun and takes a long time to go) over the weekend, I caught one of the BBC2 Virtual Revolution programmes. It was quite interesting, although far too Americo-centric for me – I was surprised to find it was a money programme production at the end as it felt like a US show which’d...
This week’s poll is all about which of the current crop of financial ads is the most annoying. The runaway winner so far with 54% of the vote is GoCompare (see annoying ads vote). In the linked forum discussion there are a number of people complaining that ad people must’ve been paid good money to come up...
We’ve recently created the new Amazon Hidden Discount Tool which finds large reductions on Amazon. It enables you to create your own bespoke pages of hot discounts. We generated a few example links yesterday, and I ended up looking at the engagement rings 90%+ off* search. I was blown away by the discounts – a number of...
Forgive me for blogging about a vernacular unrelated to MoneySaving, but while it may look like a light hearted blog, this is actually a genuine social issue and as I’m not sure it’s been covered elsewhere (and am worried what’ll happen when googling it), I thought I’d blog. The Background… In a break between meetings, the other...
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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.