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Christmas is coming and money needs saving.
The show is called 'It Pays To Watch', well you don't actually get payed to watch the show, but if you take the advice and put it into practice you can save a lot of money.
Martin Lewis presents this show on channel 5 and it last about half an hour take away advert time. Martin shows the latest offers and deals about.
With the financial problems at present, everyone needs to be saving money, so Martin Lewis shows you how to cut your bills and haggle them down. He also shows you what to do with your debts and how to make sure that you don't get in to even further debt.
The show comes back in January, so it's well worth a watch, it's on once a week for 1/2 hr.
When it's on I watch it every week and I get lots of money saving tips from the show.
Let Martin save you lots of money and be prepared for money problems.
Have you got money problems? Do you need to save money? Do you think you are entitled to some money?
You need to watch 'It Pays To Watch'. Unfortunately this series has just ended and the next one it January 2009, so be ready for then.
The whole thing is hosted by Martin Lewis and his great money saving advice. He help people with debt, mortgages, insurance, bank charges. Just about any money problems really.
He also tells people about their right as a customer in shops, and code of conduct that a product must fit to. Also about haggling in the high street, even tho Britain is know to have a 'That's the price that's what you pay' view on things. Also the odd freebies, and how to get a voucher or two.
With all the credit crunch and recession Martin is now helping people protect them selves from this. And also cope during times of struggle like this.
I have followed some of the advice on the TV program, and been on his channel 5 website and then look on his massive website, www.moneysavingexpert.com there you'll all sorts of great money saving tips and more.
This is a great show, that I first caught my mum watching and it instantly grabbed me, so starting watching every week and recorded them all on my V+ Box.
The show is hosted by Martin Lewis and as far as I know its all his own material for the program. And his co host in Ruth Liptrot.
They are great together and I think the whole of Britian know about Martin Lewis and his great money saving advice.
His website is massive and visited by loads of people.
Some of his great advice is about debt, mortgages and just about any money problems you have, with the credit crunch and the UK now heading into reccession most of us need help with money, and It pays to watch is a great time for the sofa and the TV on Wednesday evenings, but this is the end of the series until January now, so ill definatly be tuning in then.
Allof his information and money adivce can be found on the channel 5 website or his own website, of which I also have the money saving email news letter from.
This show is on Channel 5 on wednesday nights at 7.30pm. It is hosted by Martin Lewis, a financial expert who has the website www.moneyexpert.co.uk. It is about finances and how you can perhaps cut costs.
This show has been running for a while and the current show has been on for about a month now. With the current economical problems thesedays this show is a few helpful hints packed into a 30 minute show.
Each show seems to have much the same format. There is usually a member of the public with a financial problem needing fixed, weather it be savings, mortgages, utility bills and so on. There is usually a star on, who has to answer 3 or 4 multiple choice questions to do with finance - that part I could do without, as I don't think it brings much to the show apart from a semi famous face.
The main focus on the shows over the last few weeks have been the things that many of us may have been worried about
Mortgage deals ending and rates going up
Utility bills going up
Airlines going bust
On the show it tells you how to perhaps get a fixed rate for your mortgage, the pro's and con's of capping your utility bills and how to safeguard yourself when booking flights in the future.
There is also a bit in the show for 60 seconds worth of money saving tips. I like the content in this part, but find that Martin goes a bit fast with the info, then again he only has 60 seconds to cram a lot in. In this section in the past you have been told how to get a free £5 Marks and Spencer voucher, get a cheaper contract phone tarrif, cheaper Broadband and so on, so perhaps they could expnad this part and do away with the celebrity? Only a thought.
Watch and you never know you may save some hard earned money.
Catch on channel 5 on wednesdays at 7.30pm or go to the website www.channel5.co.uk/itpaystowatch and you can catch any deals or help from last weeks show
I'm a big fan of Martin Lewis and his website www.moneysavingexpert.com, so I was delighted when I heard that he had a new TV show showing on Channel 5 earlier this year. I watched every episode of the first series (much to the disgust of my other half who finds my adoration of Martin somewhat sickening! Personally, I think he's just jealous because he doesn't look as good in a stripy shirt!)
Anyway - back to the programme.... It Pays To Watch first aired on 9th January 2008 with a ten week run initially (which was later extended due to the popularity of the programme). The second series is currently showing on Channel 5 on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. It is presented by Martin Lewis alongside Ruth Liptrot (who you may also recognise as a news reporter for Channel 5). The pair work really well together by playing the role of financial expert (Martin, obviously) and eager financial novice (Ruth).
Each show tends to have a broad theme around a particular moneysaving issue. For example, the most recent episode concentrated on savings and looked at ways of maximising returns from different types of savings accounts, amongst other things. It's not a 'money programme' along the lines of serious programmes usually broadcast on BBC2 at some ungodly hour, it's very much a modern magazine-style show aimed at people who may not have given their personal finances much thought before. Although each show is based around a financial theme, it's geared to saving ordinary individuals money, whether this be by reducing household bills, making the most of limited offers and loopholes or reclaiming charges and taxes that have been unfairly levied.
Much as I am a big fan of Martin, I did find some of the episodes in the first series to be a bit overpowering. He is a fast talker anyway, as anybody who has seen any of his tv appearances on GMTV or Tonight with Trevor McDonald, for example, would already be aware. I think the excitement of having his own tv show and the desire to cram as much information into a half hour programme sometimes got the better of Martin! His already fast talking style seemed like somebody had their finger permanently on the fast forward button - leaving viewers exhausted and, sometimes, more confused than informed, unfortunately. The potential audience may not be as familiar with some of the moneysaving concepts and could come away feeling totally bamboozled by the sheer amount of information thrown at them 'at speed' (a phrase Martin uses very frequently!)
The two episodes from the current series that have been aired so far, show a marked improvement in terms of the quantity of information that is featured in each programme. This means that the presentation is less rushed and it doesn't feel as though everything has been shoe-horned into the show at the expense of the quality of the programme. Having less information to get through seems to make Martin much less manic and probably makes life easier for Ruth too!
As the show has already covered many of the key consumer moneysaving issues, this series gives Martin an opportunity to go into greater depth over some of the issues and themes which were touched on in the last series. It also seems to be less biased towards the internet which is a good thing as many of the people in most need of this sort of moneysaving advice often don't have ready access to the web.
The series is also featuring some of the success stories from viewers. For example, earlier in the year the programme showed people how to check that their house had been put in the correct band for Council Tax purposes. One viewer was able to claim back around £4000 in incorrectly banded Council Tax payments and will continue to save money every year from now on, thanks to watching this programme and following Martin's advice.
Lots of the tips and features involve real-life moneysavers which helps to make the savings seem more real and achieveable. There have been features about frugal living - making homemade toiletries, cleaning products, growing your own veg and keeping chickens have all been recommended as possibilities for making your money go further. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily be able to (or even want to) follow every suggestion made on the programme, it does offer food for thought and gives hope to any family that may be struggling financially, especially given the current financial climate.
Martin seems to love his visual aids, sound effects and role plays. He often uses a very literal play on words to come up with an accompaniment to a particular financial feature. For example, if he's talking about Cash ISA's he tends to get a huge cake and starts to slice it up. If he's talking about moving up the ladder - you can expect to see him dressed up as a window-cleaner with his shammy leather! Anything featuring bankers usually results in Ruth sporting a bowler hat and a moustache...you probably get the picture by now. All of these little gimmicks. tacky as they may be, serve to keep the viewers amused (well, it amuses me) and keeps people's attention over subjects that they might not generally be that interested in.
Another feature added to keep the subject matter from being too dry and boring was the obligatory celebrity appearance. Last time around, there was a Celebrity Wallet Workout, which was actually my least favourite feature of the show. Each week a celebrity (along the lines of Vanessa Feltz or Christopher Biggins) would give Martin access to their his or her wallet. Martin would then attempt to show them ways that they could save more money and make their money work harder for them. Unfortunately, most weeks the advice seemed to boil down to the same thing (using a cashback credit card instead of a debit card) and some of the celebrities seemed distinctly underwhelmed by the potential savings involved! It was also very, very rushed and didn't really add anything of substance to the programme.
Luckily, that feature seems to have been dropped for the latest series and replaced with a money facts quiz (featuirng a celebrity guest yet again!) This feature seems much more in fitting with the rest of the programme and also gives the viewer the opportunity to play along at home and try to outperform the celebrity in question. (I got three out of three answers correct this week, just for the record!) The best-performing celebrities are given one of the highly coveted golden pigs - which is no mere money box but a symbol of moneysaving greatness!
So - my overall verdict? A programme which features the irrepressible and ever-enthusiastic Martin Lewis and also promises to save you and your household money? It definitely Pays To Watch!
Edit May 09: Unfortunately, Five decided not to commission another series of this. Just have to rely on the brilliant website www.moneysavingexpert.com
Hosted and written by money saving expert Martin Lewis. Get all the necessary tips to start putting your pences in a penny jar.