Using plastic overseas? Always PAY IN EUROS (even if it says 0% commission)

Update 2 July 2019: Martin wrote this blog back in 2013 but while the rates have changed, all the logic is still correct.

I couldn’t believe my ears. While filming in southern Spain for the new series of my show, the producer told me he’d found a cash machine offering 0% commission if you chose to withdraw in pounds. In theory, that’d mean PERFECT exchange rates.

The MSE Christmas pub quiz 2013 – Answers

Each year for the MSE team Christmas party we have a pub quiz. Last week I set you the questions (see the MSE Christmas pub quiz 2013 blog), but now it’s time for the answers. Below are the questions and answers. However, just in case you want to play along for the first time, the answers are...

The MSE Christmas pub quiz 2013

It’s now an annual tradition. Each year at the MSE Christmas party the team are subjected to love to play the Christmas quiz. So, ably aided by MSE Darren and MSE Yasin, I donned my sequinned jacket, slicked back my hair and turned into the Quiz Asking Expert. Now it’s your turn to have a go. (NO...

Apparently Google says I’m the most searched British man!

Well spank me lightly with a shammy leather and call me Arthur! Google’s just revealed its list of the most consistently searched ‘celebrities’ in the UK over 2013 and I managed to hit 7th place. Top of the tree is US celebrity Kim Kardashian. I suspect the difference is with me people want to see my tips,...

Student loan sell-off – should you be worried?

In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement last week, he made a passing mention of "increasing student numbers by 30,000 paid for by selling off the student loan book". So more student loan debt is to be sold off. All pre-1998 student debts already have been sold – and they’re eyeing up selling the remaining £40bn. I know this...

Breaking the mental health taboo: Better welfare support and advice will save the nation money

Navigating through the welfare system can be difficult and stressful even at the best of times. Yet for those who have a serious mental illness, the anxieties can be even greater and the risk to their health and wellbeing far more pressing. This has been a personal passion of mine for many years. I started my career...

Making MSE work better on mobiles

Many of you ask when we’ll launch an MSE app. Actually, we have a number already, for example the eBay Deals Mapper, the Amazon Discount Finder, and TicketySplit – though we don’t have a main site app.  However, we’re starting to plan the enormous process of making the main MSE site and forum more mobile-compatible. In other...

The frustrations of a non-distance runner

My teeth are gnashing, my legs tapping with inaction, and worst of all, my graph isn’t happy. All because I can’t run at the moment – neither on grass, mud, concrete nor treadmill. And all this when I was on clear course to beat my ‘most kilometres run in a year’ record. As regular readers of this...

10 things about work, life and money every graduate should know

"And now, to give the graduate address, Dr. Martin Lewis." How strange to hear that prefix to my name. Yesterday I was chuffed (and when I first heard, shocked) to receive an honorary doctorate, in Business Administration, from my hometown university of Chester. As part of it, I addressed the graduates to give them my take on...

Financial education on the national curriculum – the work starts here

Just a quick personal note. After years of campaigning, pushing an e-petition to get a debate in the Commons, working with Justin Tomlinson MP and the All Party Group to bully ministers (thanks to Liz Truss for listening) to get financial education on the national curriculum in England, today feels like a step change. I’m off to...