Now Private Eye’s doing MoneySaving Tips
Just been passed the latest copy of Private Eye, and following on from Viz’s MoneySavingSEXpert column a few weeks ago, it seems the satirical mag’s now competing… Must admit, this idea isn’t that far away from some in our Great Embarassing MoneySaving Tips Hunt the other week. Comment and Discuss
Wine critic sees glass half empty
Must admit I’ve never heard of the Independent’s wine columnist Anthony Rose, not really my thing, but someone sent me a cutting of him discussing my downshift challenge and bizarrely he seemed to see it as a reason to spend more – perhaps he’s been sampling too much product? Here’s a quick cut from his piece: I...
Should we order EVERYTHING online?
If your packages are snow-delayed this Christmas, you’ll be glad if you ordered online. The simple fact is you’ve more rights. Distance selling regulations mean if you no longer want them, you’ve a week to return goods bought online. With goods ordered instore for delivery, you only have a right of return if they’re faulty. That means...
The MSE Christmas Pub Quiz: ANSWERS!
Last week, I challenged you to the pub quiz I’d given the MSE team at our Christmas party. Now as promised it’s time for the answers…(and as in all good pub quiz tradition, I of course expect people to argue) Spoiler Alert! If you want to have a go at the quiz before seeing the answers, see...
Will new student loans stop you getting a mortgage?
Universities will soon be able to charge up to £9,000 a year tuition, and on the back of this I keep being asked is: “Does this mean a whole generation who’ll never be able to get a house?" The answer’s far from clear cut – for some yes, others no. Let me quickly bash out the pros...
I’m leaving the MSE Charity trustees (hurrah)
Three years ago I set The MSE Charity up, and to my delight it’s become organisationally self-sufficient, so I can step down from being a trustee and have been asked to become the patron. For those who don’t know, the MSE charity gives grants to other charities and individuals to help promote financial education and is really...
Should big banks have an ENFORCED public service remit?
I heard a fascinating idea last night. I was on a debate panel as part of the Government’s Independent Commission on Banking, organised through consumer focus, and a clever suggestion came from the floor… I believe the man who suggested it said he worked for the National Consumer Federation and was using an analogy with the telecoms...
The MSE Christmas pub quiz… can you beat the team?
How good’s your general knowledge? Can you beat the MSE Team? Last week was the MSE Towers Christmas party & quiz, so now I want to invite you to take part too and see how you do… I must admit MSE Darren and I had great fun writing these. There were six rounds in total but here...
The EU ‘goods must last a minimum two years’ rule is a myth
I keep reading people comment, saying a little-known EU law states there’s a minimum two years in which a faulty product can be returned and people asking why UK retailers don’t utilise it. Actually this is simply a misunderstanding as we’ve got STRONGER rights here… I was prompted to blog this after reading a suggestion in the...
Mental health and Debt: are you willing to go public?
Perhaps one of the most difficult requests I’ve ever made of users. I’m looking for people who are willing to go public on not one but two, sadly taboo, subjects: mental health and debt. As I informed you recently, in the New Year we hope to launch our new Mental Health and Debt guide (see the Mental...
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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.