What are easy access savings? I need your help
Plain English and talking complex money concepts are never easy. We try very hard to do this, but recent moves within savings are making it tougher. I’d love your help to see if you can come up with a way to make things clearer. This is all about the use of the phrase "easy access", which is the...
MSE’s biggest day ever – over 1 million people using the site
This week the site smashed through its past records for our most visited ever day. As always the record was on a Wednesday, the day people receive the weekly email. Now, I know many of you are fellow nerds and love these types of stats, so according to our Google Analytics software, here goes… Visits in the...
What the end of recession means in the real world…
Again, the nation’s media and politicians are getting in a kerfuffle over the word ‘recession’. Last time, because we went into it. This time, because we’re out of it. Yet the news we’re "out of recession" does not mean the economy is buoyant, or we’re back to where we were in the good times – the only...
The PM’s energy plan’s exactly what people want – but will he do it?
David Cameron has promised that energy firms will need to move people to their lowest tariffs under new legislation (see the MSE News story). This is a rather surprising policy for a Conservative government, as it flies in the face of the notion of competitive energy markets. However that doesn’t make it a bad thing. Our past...
MoneySavingExpert.com’s biggest week ever
Last week we broke our all-time record for the most number of visits in a week. I know stat munchers out there like this type of thing, so here goes… These figures are according to our internal Google Analytics system. Visits/week: 5,640,791 – the number of different trips people made to the site. Unique visitors/week: 3,973,797 –...
X Factor prediction champagne contest
Update: 11.12.12: 256 of you responded with your X Factor predictions, but not one person guessed all six correctly (including Martin, though he did do pretty well). Most favoured Ella Henderson to win, with only 16 entrants putting their faith in James to take the title. Of this 16, most correctly guessed four out of the final...
Energy price hikes: Why there’s ‘still time to fix’ when it was ‘urgent, fix now’
British Gas today announced 6% price rises to hit on 16 November, while SSE will hike prices by 9% next Monday. There’s still time to beat these by locking in cheaper prices with no jumps guaranteed for two years (see the Cheap Gas & Electricity guide for how). The solution is all about switching to a cheap...
When will Eon raise prices?
Update 16 October: Since this blog was written British Gas, Scottish Power and Npower have all announced 6-9% price hikes due to hit in the next couple of months. Eon’s marketing currently touts it "won’t raise prices this year". Well, we’ve heard these type of pledges before. What usually happens, a very short time after the pledge...
Halifax official info disgracefully 18 months out of date
I’ve just received an official email response from the Halifax over a savings account. At the bottom, there was the following information… HBOS plc. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Registered in Scotland, number 218813. Telephone: 0870 600 5000." As I had a query and further information on the site was missing, I decided to call...
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