Money Mensch

Money mensch: How to cash in on an old mobile phone

By Martin Lewis, December 17, 2009

Sitting somewhere in the back of a drawer is buried treasure. It is a by-product of our near annual “mobile phone upgrades”. We instantly jump to the newer sexier model, leaving our old mobiles dumped in drawers.

If you have got an ex-mobile lying around unwanted and unused, then you can ditch it for quick cash. Now this may come as no surprise, because there are plenty of adverts from firms offering cash for your mobile, but don’t just jump to the first you see.


Money mensch: Protect yourself from cyber criminals

By Martin Lewis, December 9, 2009

Computer hackers are everywhere. It is more important than ever to protect yourself. If you don’t, and your bank account is defrauded, it can mean you are liable to pay for it. Luckily, you can get professional anti-virus software for free. This time of the year is one of the worst for viruses, as many of us are shopping and checking bank accounts online. Viruses are not easy to spot; they can be passed on in emails or even by visiting otherwise reputable websites.


Money Mensch: Disney: No mickey mouse offer

By Martin Lewis, December 3, 2009

An adult ticket to Disneyland Paris is normally £45, so the latest promotion that Disney is offering, where you get up to two adults and two children’s tickets plus a return ferry place for a car and passengers from Folkestone to Calais for £70, is a serious bonanza. It would usually cost around £200.

You can go during most dates between 5 January and 31 March, including weekends.


Money mensch: How to shoot down a car-park cowboy

By Martin Lewis, November 26, 2009

It’s time to declare war on private parking operators that slap unfair tickets on our windscreens in supermarkets, housing estates and hospital car parks. Often these are completely invalid, and the best advice is “don’t pay ‘em”.

There are two types of parking tickets. The first are those from public bodies, like local councils and the police. These are totally legit, so if you get one and think it’s unfair, your only option is to appeal it (full guide and template letters at


Money mensch: Dial up for free X-Factor votes

By Martin Lewis, November 19, 2009

Whether you are an X-Factor or Strictly Come Dancing fan, there is a way that you can vote for free. Normally, the X-Factor vote alone costs 35 pence, but new company has set up a system whereby you dial its number (a normal 03 access number), you listen to an advert from one of its providers and then it puts you through to the reality show’s official voting lines. So, if you have free minutes on your landline or mobile package, you can vote at no cost, as many times as you like.


Money mensch: How to get credit in a monster crunch

By Martin Lewis, November 12, 2009

How’s your credit score? Probably not as good as you imagine.

Since the credit crunch started, everyone has been knocked down a level. And with credit scores playing an ever bigger role in getting a mortgage, credit card, loan or even contract mobile phone, it has never been more important to manage yours.

You need to credit-build


Money mensch: Return to Israel for £100

By Martin Lewis, November 5, 2009

As of Monday, easyJet is now offering a return service from Luton to Tel Aviv.

However, there are no fixed prices — it operates a demand-based system, so the higher the demand, the pricier the tickets.

However, the airline has expanded its date-range, meaning you can book further ahead. In fact, you can currently book for flights up to the end of September 2010 and of course, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flight will be.


Stop shopping and set yourselves free

By Martin Lewis, October 28, 2009

Thousands of people are giving away pricey items to folks they don’t know through giveaway websites such as

Whether it’s bedside cabinets, books or concert tickets, giveaway community websites offer first-class, second-hand goods for free. Every hour, people post hundreds of freebies on these sites. All you do is email a request, then pop round to pick it up.


Freecycle isn’t a website in its own right.


Money mensch: Send text messages abroad for free

By Martin Lewis, October 22, 2009

If you send texts to friends or relatives abroad, it can cost a monstrous 50p per text. However, there is a way to do it to 30 countries for nothing.

Go to the site and it lets you send texts to a range of countries including the USA and Canada (though sadly not Israel as yet) for no cost. Simply put in the details of the number you are texting, who it is from, add your message and press ‘send sms’ — and that is it.

You can also get unlimited texts to the UK by using the website, so if you are near a computer, ditch your mobile.


Money mensch: Have yourselves a prudent Chanucah

By Martin Lewis, October 15, 2009

Like many, my hackles rise when I spot Christmas merchandise buffeted up against Halloween fayre. Thankfully, we are not subjected to quite the same push for Chanucah, yet often we make similar mistakes. This year the lights will be kindled from 11-19 December. While that is an age away, if you like a winter blowout, it is important to prepare your pocket now.

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