I spent yesterday sitting in Countdown‘s Dictionary Corner with the wonderful lexicographer Susie Dent. As always, I go armed with my lobbying of words that I think should be put in the dictionary – as Susie does a lot of work with the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). While much of it is fun banter, Susie is always...
The Government’s new proposals to simplify the 500 current tariffs could actually result in many more new tariffs, though this time not from suppliers. A cursory initial reading of the announcement seems to indicate it’s heavily biased towards collective switching, where a ‘trusted’ organisation negotiates with an energy supplier to get a bespoke deal. With energy companies...
Later today, Energy Secretary Ed Davey will finally tell us what the PM’s "we’ll force companies to switch you to the cheapest tariff" actually means. I wanted to write a blog on my thoughts on what it means for the energy maket, based on what seems to have come out so far. Yet truth be told it’s...
And I thought MoneySaving was tiring! I’m on paternity leave at the moment as last Thursday our beautiful first child (MSE Junior) was born. Her name is Sapphire Susan Lewis and while she weighs a wee 6lb 6oz, her weight in joy is immeasurable. Last night was her first one at home and it was quite exhausting...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 –...
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...
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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.