Martin Lewis: Debt desperation to happy homeowner in 8 years

No matter how dire your money situation seems, there is always hope. Things may never be perfect, but they can improve and taking action is the best way to make that happen. The team recently forwarded me an email from Jay, which exemplifies that in beautiful technicolour detail. And Jay has now kindly given me permission to reproduce it.

The devastating impact a stroke can have on your finances and your life...

Nick Cann used to be the boss of the Institute of Financial Planning, a great communicator who'd also dabbled in stand-up. I too am in the financial world, a communicator by trade, and once dabbled in stand-up. I met Nick to give him an award for fundraising after he'd had his serious 'brain attack' and lost most of his ability to talk.

Martin Lewis: 11m will see energy bills cut on 1 Oct – but check if you’re being RIPPED OFF

I can reveal that on 1 October, it is almost certain the energy price cap rate, for all but those on prepay meters, will drop by roughly £80/year. This means 11 million households on these tariffs will get cheaper deals. Yet that worries me. It risks giving people a false sense of security that they're getting a good price – when nothing could be further from the truth. 

Do I need to show my boarding pass at airport shops? (video & guide)

It’s one of those niggling frustrations. You want to buy something at the airport and you’re badgered for your boarding pass in order to purchase. Many people ask me if they need to bother, so here’s my quick video answer…

Martin Lewis: How to URGENTLY reclaim PPI for a deceased relative

It's enough to make even the Great Train Robbers blush. A staggering £30 BILLION of payment protection insurance (PPI) has had to be repaid, typically £3,000 each, due to systemic mis-selling. Yet still no one has been prosecuted for fraud.

Martin Lewis: Are you an overdraft prisoner? How to escape it

The old adage – that banks will lend you an umbrella when the sun shines, and ask for it back when it rains – feels like a modern reality for many with overdrafts. 

Martin Lewis: A warning for all wannabe first-time buyers or even those years away from buying

Never owned a home? Open a Help to Buy ISA – even if you've no savings, just put £1 in. This special ISA – that gives first-time buyers up to £3,000 free towards their first mortgage – closes to new applicants on 30 November 2019, so there's now less than six months left. Yet open one before then and you bag the facility in case you ever need it later.

Why the energy price cap is broken – it doesn't reflect the price people pay today (video)…

On 1 January 2019, a cap was introduced on the prices that energy firms could charge on their standard (ie, default) tariffs.

Martin Lewis: Eight urgent post-Brexit travel need-to-knows

We're heading towards the summer, millions turn their hopes to future sunny days both here and abroad. Yet, especially with Brexit round the corner, if you've booked a trip to Europe, there are some crucial checks you need to do.

Martin Lewis: A warning to every UK worker aged 22 or over – you’re likely about to get a pay rise, but it may cost you

On 6 April 2019, most UK workers aged 22 or over are due a hidden pay rise – but your employer needn't tell you. This is all about 'auto-enrolment', where your employer must contribute towards your pension. Now it'll have to give you even more, though then again, you'll have to shell out much more too. So I'm bashing out this blog to take you through it.