MoneySavingExpert.com celebrated its 10th birthday on Friday. We received many kind tributes to the work we’ve done, but I was especially delighted to read this open letter from StepChange (CCCS as it used to be known). Congratulations on MoneySavingExpert.com’s 10th birthday! It’s great to hear that the site, a British institution, has been running for a whole...
It’s our birthday. On 22 February 2003, the switch was turned on for MoneySavingExpert.com and its forum. There were 400 people on my Martin’s Money Tips email list back then, and I was just about to get my big break on ITV’s This Morning. A bit like the Queen, this is our official birthday. But the very...
For years, I’ve banged on about the Downshift Challenge – trying one brand level lower of everything you buy to see if you can tell the difference. If you can’t, then you stick with the cheaper version. One of the most powerful areas for this is in non-food items like cleaning products, shampoos, bath products, etc. After...
I met a lady while filming in Ripon on Friday who told me: "Martin, thank you for helping me make my baby girl." Having never seen her before, nor her 11-week-old daughter, and as it was on camera, I was somewhat taken aback and a little worried we might have been about to tread into an...
Yesterday, it was announced that financial education is to become part of the compulsory national curriculum within citizenship and maths. This is fantastic news, but it only binds maintained schools, which are 50% of secondary schools. Academy schools are free to opt out. While many academies do still follow the national curriculum, it is very important parents...
I still can’t quite believe it. Financial education is going to be part of the national curriculum (see the MSE News story). I found out sitting on a London to Manchester train at 9.58am yesterday – 90 minutes before it happened. I must admit I broke the quiet carriage rules with an involuntary "yessss", to receive a...
Writing our new Green Deal Mythbuster guide to explain this potentially powerful scheme, was a frustrating task. Enabling people who can’t afford it, to get double-glazing, underfloor heating, cavity wall insulation and more is great. The problem is explaining it is hellish, as the system is over-complex and couched in the language of debt. My worry is...
Every March and April, it’s cash ISA season. Banks and savings institutions fire out very hot rates – typically 0.5-1 percentage point higher than the best buys from before the cash ISA season started. The reason is simple. One ISA year ends on 5 April, the next starts on 6 April – so you have two...
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12 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.