Many forecourts across the UK have queues, and shortages are starting. I’ve already scootered past one "sold out of diesel" sign. While the potential truckers’ strike was the catalyst, that’s no longer the problem. The issue is the resultant panic. It’s a classic prisoner’s dilemma. The concern is if you don’t act and everyone else does, it’s...
Stamp prices will be hiked on 30 April, so bulk buy "1sts" and "2nds" now and they stay valid so you can beat this. I’ve been yelling this to anyone who’ll listen, but some have questioned whether this will always be the case. So I thought I’d explain. What’s happening? From 30 April, 1st class letter-sized stamps...
I hate stamp duty. It’s not that I object to a tax on purchasing property. It’s this distortive tax that has absurd cliff hangers meaning an extra penny on a house’s price can cost thousands. So on the back of last week’s Budget, which fiddled with the rates but did nowt to change the problem, I’ve a...
First there was the price error – Tesco Direct offering the new iPad online for £49.99. Cue lots of people asking "I’ve bought it, does it have to honour it?", only to be disappointed that the answer was no. While other companies like M&S, and famously Zappos, have previously honoured such breaches regardless of the law, Tesco...
Update 22 March: Hoorah! Since writing the blog, Experian contacted us to say it’d read it and seen your responses and has now changed its mind about the ‘financial linking’ element. See Experian u-turn for the full details. It is also going to think more about how to protect the ‘joint and severally liable’ if their flatmate...
PIP breast implant refunds via credit card companies – will it work for everyone? There’s big news today that a woman got a refund off Lloyds TSB for her PIP breast implants which had burst. This happened as she’d paid on a credit card and the purchase cost over £100, meaning under Section 75 law the card...
Mortgage costs for most are hugely expensive –- a ticking time bomb ready to blight the finances of millions and put the economy at risk. Whether it’s a lack of political will, clout, or ideas, nowt’s being done to stop it. If you feel a sense of déjà vu over that sentence, don’t worry. It’s not you,...
No one has ever quite said to me, "you run that one man, bank-hating website charity, to help those in debt stop spending". But in combination, that’s some of the assumptions people make about the site. So I thought it time for a bit of myth busting. MoneySavingExpert.com hates banks. Not true. We hate bad bank behaviour,...
A few weeks ago, I launched a user consultation into the future of the forum’s Gambling Introductory Offer Loopholes board. The board was originally set up to discuss taking advantage of risk-free intro loopholes, but over recent years their growing complexity has made it difficult for the forum team to manage. You can read the full explanation...
The Ultimate News Quiz is an annual event, where teams/tables from across broadcast news organisations compete in aid of Action for Children. The room was jammed with many big names from TV and radio news – Andrew Marr, Adam Boulton, Emily Maitlis and others like Martha Lane Fox, Rory Bremner and more. My agent had put a...
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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.