Models in high heels dressed as stewardesses & Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary
It may sound like a classic tabloid sting, but actually it’s an accurate description of my Monday. It started at Gatwick, I dressed up in a pilot’s uniform, and with four models in stewardess uniform we recreated the ‘Catch Me If You Can / Virgin 25 year advert’ scene. It ended by us zipping off to Dublin for...
You can and mostly MUST spend what you haven’t got
“You can’t spend what you haven’t got – simples!”. That was one response on Facebook to my reminder that www.financialeducationpetition.com ends on Wed. For me the statement, while well meant, is simply wrong, and this type of misinformation is one reason why we desperately need financial education in schools. Now before getting into it I should say...
Lessons in MoneyLosing at the Gap
Friday evening I popped into the Westfield Gap in London. I needed to replenish the bottom half of my on-air uniform (stripey shirts and boot cut jeans) as some pairs are starting to fray. As a good MSE I had been waiting for a decent voucher before I went in and bought a few needed pairs. So...
Why aren’t people called numbers…morning 62, how are you 71?
I’m not a number, I’m a free man! More’s the bloomin pity. I’m appalling at remembering people’s names, even worse at friends’ children’s names – yet give me a number to remember and it’s a doddle. It’s a particular problem when I’m filming programmes, as I’m often in someone’s house going through their intimate finances and then suddenly...
New MSE ring tone – created by Radio 1…
It could be all the rage, Radio 1 have created me a special ring tone to compete with the Crazy Frog. Not that I had anything to do with it though – I only found out after a raft of emails alerting me to the Scott Mills Radio 1, programme last Thursday… On its “Oh! What’s Occuring?”...
Are you allowed to vox pop your family on BBC1?
Yesterday evening, I was doing a vox pop for BBC1 Watchdog outside Euston station, on how changes in peak time train times are making some pay more. Then amongst the people walking past was a more than familiar face… Heading to get a train home to Manchester was my Uncle Tony (I’d seen him earlier in the...
Tesco Flash 50% off clothing sale Friday – looking a bit better.
My frustration with Tesco from yesterday abated somewhat, I suspect it wilted a little after some of the approbation and many people will be able to get the 50% off deal for a couple of hours tomorrow… The initial deal… In this week’s email my top deal was the following, Exclusive! Tesco.com Fri 2hr Flash Sale 50%...
You need less ID to vote than to park or bank
I walked to my polling station this morning – past the blue rosettes (David Cameron lives two streets away) and placed my vote. I had no polling card so walked in, told them my name and address, and placed my vote (see the how to vote without a polling card news story). Yet to get a resident’s...
From philanthropy to MPs’ expenses: kids say the cleverest things
It always amuses me when you see ‘vox-pops’ on US TV that everyone there seems a born communicator – perhaps because public speaking is often focused on in schools. Last night I had a fascinating evening – as a judge at the charity Speakers Banks’ Financially Speaking awards for London, where 13-14 years olds are challenged to...
Should we worry more about 10% interest than 2000% APR loans?
There’s been a spate of adds for payday or instant iPhone loan companies recently, and my mailbags started to be peppered with comments such as: “Martin you really should make a stance about these loan companies that charge interest at 2000% – surely they should be closed down.” Many incorrectly refer to these as loan sharks –...
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Martin Lewis: Is it time to ban unnecessary Christmas presents?5 December 2022Update 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...
Martin Lewis: The one thing everyone aged over 66 needs to know29 November 2022It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.