Money Mensch

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.

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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 Freecycle.org.

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.

WHAT IS FREECYCLE?

Freecycle isn’t a website in its own right.

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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 sendsmsnow.com 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 www.cbfsms.com, so if you are near a computer, ditch your mobile.

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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.

Get five per cent off everything

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Money Mensch: How to get free votes for X Factor

By Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com, October 9, 2009

The much-hyped start of X Factor's phone voting begins this Saturday. Voting for a reality TV show usually means dialing an expensive premium rate number, but there's a new system that could beat this. Free2call.tv says you can vote for free if you have inclusive mobile or home phone minutes, or at the same cost as landline numbers, as its advertisers pay for your call.

How does it work?

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Money mensch: A guide to the cheapest landline deals

By Martin Lewis, October 1, 2009

People everywhere are infuriated by telephone line rental — or at least it is the first thing on their mind to ask when they spot me. Perhaps it is the idea that after paying hundreds of pounds a year for a facility you are then charged for calls, which makes people’s teeth gnash. Thankfully though, for the first time ever, I have an answer for how you can cut the cost of the line rental and calls.

Why has it taken so long?

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Money Mensch: Banks might be 'stealing' from you

By Martin Lewis, September 24, 2009

When your bank takes money from your account without permission, you would call it ‘stealing’. Yet the banks call it ‘setting off’.

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Money Mensch: Make the most of your ISA

By Martin Lewis, September 17, 2009

Currently you are allowed to save up to £7,200 in a tax-free ISA and £3,600 in a cash ISA, which is effectively a savings account where you do not pay income tax on the interest earned.

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Money mensch: Third-party car insurance is not always cheapest

By Martin Lewis, September 9, 2009

September is car insurance renewal month as, historically, it has been the date of new car registrations.

But one of the important things to note is that while third-party cover would seem to be cheaper — as it only covers somebody else’s costs if you have an accident — recent studies show that many people find comprehensive insurance undercuts the cost of third-party insurance, even though this type of policy covers you too.

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Money mensch: Making the most of your tax credits

By Martin Lewis, September 2, 2009

Now the tax credit renewal system is over, millions will be receiving the dreaded letter from the government telling them they have been overpaid tax credits, and will have to pay hundreds or even thousands of pounds back. I want to tackle some of the key questions, so as to let you know what to do.

What are tax credits?

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