I’m often told it’s important that I help ‘real people’. I’m sure many reading that will nod their head in agreement. Yet stop for a second, what exactly counts as a real person? This is a genuine conundrum, as it’s often a phrase used against me covering a particular subject. The comments on the MSE forum and...
“You don’t need to pay to reclaim” – that’s the message we’ve been pushing this week, in a major joint campaign with Which? Yet many have asked if this means it’s never right to use a claims company. Like most things it’s never completely binary, so I wanted to jot down some thoughts.
I’m sure there are some out there (perhaps with today’s PPI summit – a few of the less reputable claims handlers) who’d say I should be put behind bars. Yet it was still a surprise to get back to to MSE Towers and find these two giant images sitting on my desk… They were sent by Card...
Having just had a coffee meeting, I experienced Starbucks’ new corporate policy of asking everyone their name. It didn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy – I actually found it rather intrusive. I don’t want my name shouted across the store. Why does the coffee purchase need personalising? So I’ve a cunning plan…. Of course this isn’t...
It’s easy to assume that in the current poor economic times, no-one has savings. Yet many, including those feeling the pinch, are savers, who are suffering cripplingly low interest rates and want information. Trying to discuss savers’ issues in mainstream broadcast media can, on occasion, be a tough sell. I’ve been told a few times, "none...
I am about to do something cruel, but it is not without cause. In an email on Monday, our Arsenal-supporting news editor MSE Guy sent me this while we were both working on the content of the weekly email… If you’re looking for good deals, I reckon Mario Balotelli shirts will be cut-price at the Man City...
Stamp prices are going to rocket on 30 April. 1st class letter-sized stamps will rise from 46p to 60p, and 2nd class letter-sized stamps from 36p to 50p. Lots of people have been asking me if they should stock up now in order to sell them for huge profit later. Well… it’s possible, it’s legal, but it...
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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.