Saving Tips

I’m leaving the MSE Charity trustees (hurrah)

2 months ago admin 0
Three years ago I set The MSE Charity up, and to my delight it’s become organisationally self-sufficient, so I can step down from being a trustee and have been asked to become the patron. For those who don’t know, the MSE charity gives grants to other charities and individuals to help promote financial education and Read More

Will new student loans stop you getting a mortgage?

2 months ago admin 0
Universities will soon be able to charge up to £9,000 a year tuition, and on the back of this I keep being asked is: “Does this mean a whole generation who’ll never be able to get a house?” The answer’s far from clear cut – for some yes, others no. Let me quickly bash out Read More

Wine critic sees glass half empty

2 months ago admin 0
Must admit I’ve never heard of the Independent’s wine columnist Anthony Rose, not really my thing, but someone sent me a cutting of him discussing my downshift challenge and bizarrely he seemed to see it as a reason to spend more – perhaps he’s been sampling too much product? Here’s a quick cut from his Read More

Oops I inadvertently married MSE Alana…

2 months ago admin 0
It’s not often you marry another woman in a meeting with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, but these things do happen… Alana was in a meeting with me to discuss changes to the savings safety rules due on 31 December, mainly the max. compensation rising to £85,000, as they want me to help with communicating Read More

Money Saving SEXpert

2 months ago admin 0
In this week’s Viz magazine, there’s a new column called ‘Look After the Purple Pennies with Money Saving Sexpert Ingledew Botterill’, and it only gets ruder after that… I got it after a tip off from a fellow personal finance journalist who sent me this email: “Hi Martin, 1) Go to your nearest newsagent. 2) Read More

It’s time to explain tax codes in plain English

2 months ago admin 0
Sharing a cab yesterday with my Uncle ‘tax’ Tony, we got onto the rather sexy topic of ‘tax codes’. While the phrase itself is normally enough to bore drying paint, these codes are the knife behind the mammoth errors in tax affecting millions (see the Tax Code Checker for whether you can reclaim), and for Read More

Council Tax 6 month rule: proposing a halfway house to the Minister

2 months ago admin 0
Popped over to No.1 Parliament Street yesterday with MSE Guy for a meeting with Council Tax Minister Bob Neill MP, and was delighted to get a warm welcome from him and his advisors, who seemed genuinely interested in the idea. This all started on Radio 2 back in September. He was on explaining why the Read More