Money Mensch

Secret hotels

By Martin Lewis, June 10, 2011

A woman approached me in the street the other day and said: "I've come to London and I'm staying in a £200 a night Hilton hotel for £70".

She got this discount by turning detective on sites that offer 'secret' hotel deals.

If you're staying in a big city, these secret hotels – where you aren't told the name till you've paid – can seriously undercut usual prices.


Beat the brands

By Martin Lewis, May 26, 2011

Hayfever and allergy sufferers can beat big brand prices by grabbing remedies online that contain the same 'active ingredient'. Though of course, if you are eligible for free prescriptions, that is a cheaper route. Online pharmacy has boxes of 28 Piriton-equivalent tablets for 80p, if you order a minimum of three.


Get the hottest summer holiday price summer

By Martin Lewis, May 19, 2011

Whether a Dan Brown or Danielle Steel devotee, we all know that some retailers flog beach reads at huge discounts.


Spender or miser?

By Martin Lewis, May 12, 2011

Do we fit the stereotype? Are Jews a load of money grabbers, savvy business people or the same as everyone else? Now is your chance to find out. I have been working with BBC Lab UK, the corporation's mass participation experiment organisation, on the BBC's Big Money Test (


There's a rumble in the energy jungle

By Martin Lewis, May 5, 2011

All the major energy companies have hiked their standard tariffs by up to 10 per cent this year and things could be about to get worse.


Money Mensch: Here's a Tesco tip

By Martin Lewis, April 28, 2011

Now is the perfect time for Tesco shoppers to boost the value of their clubcard vouchers. The latest batch of vouchers has just been sent out, but don't use them willy-nilly in store, as you can massively improve the amount you get elsewhere.


Don't be lax when it comes to tax

By Martin Lewis, April 21, 2011

This is an urgent call for every employee in the UK to check their tax code. Miss an error and it could cost you £1,000s.


A warning to all vehicle owners

By Martin Lewis, April 14, 2011

There is a big change coming to car insurance. The new Continuous Insurance Enforcement that comes into effect later this spring says all cars, bikes and motor homes must be insured, even if no-one drives them.

In other words, if you have a car, it needs to be continually insured. So you need to beware of your insurance lapsing while you are away.


Time to play your credit cards right

By Martin Lewis, April 7, 2011

The Budget may have relieved a little petrol-price pressure, but £1.33 per litre is still not that cheap.


Beware of BT's line rental price hikes this month

By Martin Lewis, March 31, 2011

BT is hiking its line rental by 30 pence a month from £13.60 to £13.90 on 28 April. This works out at £167 a year.

But if you have a BT line (all but those with cable or Kingston COMMS)you can now nearly halve it.

Until 4 April, Primus' new Line Rental Saver - via website HomePhoneChoices - is £6.79 per month.

There are however no inclusive calls, so it is best for low users.