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About MoneySavingExpert

The site, history and team

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For all the latest deals, guides and loopholes - join the 12m who get it. Don't miss out is the UK's biggest consumer website, with about 15 million users a month. The site's dedicated to cutting your bills and fighting your corner with journalistic research, cutting-edge tools and a massive community – all focused on finding deals, saving cash and campaigning for financial justice.

The average person in the UK can give themselves the equivalent of a 25% pay rise by being an active, savvy consumer and shifting to the very best deals. This site's here to show you how. To get started, see the Money Makeover guide.

A brief intro

Founder and Executive Chairman Martin Lewis created MoneySavingExpert in February 2003 for just £100. The site's ethical stance and consumer revenge approach have made it the UK's official No. 1 money site. It's won many awards and is now a constant port of call for consumers and policymakers alike.

In September 2012, the site joined the MoneySupermarket group (see Martin on joining MoneySupermarket). This has boosted the technology resource and secured MSE's future, meaning even more people will benefit from its unbiased, campaigning stance. Yet the site continues to operate as an entirely independent entity and its stance of 'putting the consumer first' is protected by an iron-clad legal Editorial Code.

Honours: The site's honours include Radio 2's Most Useful Website of the Year, a Parliamentary Motion commending the site and the Bradford & Bingley Personal Finance Awards New Media winner. The site was also No. 1 for business information in the Hitwise Awards. In 2015 MoneySavingExpert won the Personal Consumer Website of the Year in the Santander Media Awards.

How the site works

The site never charges to save people money, nor does it take any advertising. Companies cannot pay to buy space on the site (see the How this site is financed guide for more info). Any top deals, best buys, tips or suggestions on the main site are purely down to journalistic research from the MSE team and Martin (see the Editorial Code).

The underlying philosophy is that we live in an adversarial consumer society:

A company's job is to make money. A consumer's job is to maximise their cash. Companies spend billions on advertising and teaching their staff to sell, yet we don't get buyers' training.

We want to redress the balance and aim to do it in a number of ways.

  1. The weekly MSE's Money Tips email

    Nine million receive MSE's Money Tips email every week. All the latest deals, guides and loopholes go into it. And as more than two-thirds of the best deals expire within a week, the email's aim is to ensure you don't miss out.

  2. Super-detailed MoneySaving guides

    The main site has a huge range of guides, from Cheap Gas & Electricity and PPI Reclaiming to Balance Transfers and Budget Flight Fee-Fighting. Rather than just saying "shop around", the guides feature super-detailed product research. A good starting point's the Money Makeover guide.

  3. Nifty free MoneySaving tools

    The site's brimming with clever gadgets to help you bag deals, analyse finances and earn cash – from the Income Tax Calculator and the Amazon Discount Finder to the MSE Budget Planner.

  4. The MoneySaving Forum

    The MSE Forum is one of the UK's biggest social networks. It has more than 1.6 million members, and at any one time, thousands of users are discussing ways to save, as well as supporting and motivating each other.

    The forum's split into different subject boards, each with its own mini-community, including Debt-Free Wannabe (working together to get out of debt), Grabbit While You Can (top bargain spotting), Old Style MoneySaving (thrifty ways from older days) and Freebies (free stuff grabbing).

    New to the forum? If you're unsure where to start or find it daunting, watch our Forum Intro Guide to help you find your way around.

  5. Campaigning work

    MoneySavingExpert now has a small campaigns team, who work alongside Martin to liaise with charities and politicians to put the consumer's point of view across.

    We lobby over issues such as financial education, payday loans and claims management regulation, as well as making sure the consumer's voice is heard in the corridors of power.

Watch Martin's Money Rant Video

Martin Lewis explains the philosophy behind MoneySavingExpert

Terms and conditions of use

It's important to let you know information on this site does not constitute financial advice. All information is based on journalistic research and analysis rather than tailored advice aimed at individuals.

Decisions should be taken only after considering the effects on specific circumstances. Please read the full legal terms and conditions. To protect the site, Martin Lewis is a registered trade mark belonging to Martin S Lewis, and Money Saving Expert, MSE and (among others) are registered trade marks owned by MoneySupermarket Group PLC.

The history and growth of the site

The easiest way is to let Martin tell the tale...

It's funny to look back at the birth of MoneySavingExpert – in many ways it went viral, before the term viral did.

I'd been working as the Money Saving Expert on TV and writing a newspaper column since 2000 – and during my research I'd often stumble across short-lived ways to save money – so I'd pop them in an email to friends with the tongue-in-cheek subject line 'Martin's Money Tips'.

I didn't think much of it until, after a couple of months, I was at a party and people I'd never met before were thanking me for the emails. My friends had been forwarding it to their friends. I thought I'd make it easier and set up an email list built around a basic homepage so anyone could get the info.

The email grew quickly and soon hit 1,000 recipients. I thought the site could help promote my journalism work, and paid a web designer in Uzbekistan the princely sum of £100 to design a more professional version. This was launched on 22 February 2003, which I count as the site's birthday.

By coincidence at the same time I got my first big TV slot, on ITV, and the two became symbiotic. My reputation built; the site grew; the site growing built up the demand for me as a journalist.

From that point the site's growth exploded. There were 100,000 on the email list after just a year, less than three years after it hit a million, and by 2014 10 million people had opted in to 'Martin's Money Tips'.

MSE joined the MoneySupermarket group in 2012 and in late 2016 I moved from being Editor-in-Chief of MSE to the highfalutin title of Executive Chairman. That means while I still oversee the site's content, quality, ethics and strategy, the site is day-to-day run by the brilliant MSE team now nearing 100 people.

And as I don't write all of it anymore Martin's Money Tips has become the MSE weekly email, and as I write this in August 2017, over 12.5 million people get it.

Looking back, I'm staggered by how it all happened. I wish I'd been clever enough to design the growth with a masterplan, but, in truth, it's been a gradual instinctive thing over many years.

The fact this once little site is now a campaigning beast, such that when it growls even Number 10 listens, as well as being a place millions have saved billions, is a source of great pride.

Yet the most important thing's still that this is a place consumers can call home.

The MoneySavingExpert Team

At first, the site was a one-man band. Then, in May 2004, the first team member joined as full-time web manager to look after the technical side of the site. Now based at what we lovingly call MSE Towers in central London, there are just a few more...

The MoneySaving Team
Editorial and Forum Teams Technical and Office Teams
Amy. Senior Money Writer (see bio) Andy. Managing Director
Andrea. Forum Editorial Liaison (see bio) Aneta. HR Business Partner
Andrew. Energy Analyst (see bio) Archna. Head of Clubs & Operations (see bio)
Anthony. Senior Deals Researcher (see bio) Carol. PA to the MD
Deborah. Deals Manager (see bio) Catherine. Martin's EA
Eesha. Money Analyst (see bio) Dan L. Operations & Compliance Manager
Gary. Deals Editor (see bio) David D. Data Development Analyst
Guy. Managing Editor (see bio) David G. Senior Front End Developer
Helen. Chief Product Analyst (see bio) David M. Assistant Front End Web Developer
Jason. Editor-in-Chief (see bio) D'lena. Web Developer
Jenny. Lead Writer (see bio) Duane. Senior PHP Developer
Jo G. Associate Editor (see bio) Erica. Head of Commercial
Jordon. MSE's Coupon Kid (see bio) Jason. Service Desk Analyst
Karl. Personal Finance Researcher Jennifer. Energy Product Manager
Kirsty. Campaigns Editor Jermaine. Assistant Front End Developer
Lucia. Deals Researcher (see bio) Katie. Press Officer
Luke. Sub-editor Laura. Clubs Support Coordinator
Matt. Forum and Community Manager Matthew. Junior Product Manager
Megan. Senior News Reporter (see bio) Omar. Partnerships Executive
Nick. Credit Club Copywriter (see bio) Raffaele. Front End Developer
Oliver. Deals Editorial Assistant Rose. Senior Product Manager
Rhiannon. Deals Researcher Roxanne. Clubs Support
Rosie. Money Analyst (see bio) Shaun. Head of Delivery
Sam D. Assistant Editor (see bio) Tamar. Head of Legal
Sarah G. Deals Researcher (see bio)  
Sarah M. Features Writer (see bio)  
Steve. News & Features Editor (see bio)  
Susie. HTML Email Developer  
Tom. Deals Researcher (see bio)  
Tony. Insurance Analyst (see bio)  
Weleid. Consumer Researcher (see bio)  
Will B. External Affairs & Campaigns Officer (see bio)  

The MSE Charity Fund

This site's dedicated to empowering consumers and putting money in their pockets, and the Charity Fund does it even more directly. With almost £1 million donated so far, it's MoneySavingExpert's way of giving back to users.

A large chunk of the money goes to support The MSE Charity, which offers grants to groups to provide education and information about consumer and debt issues. The rest goes to five general charities nominated by site users, and other one-off donations.

This is separate to the money Martin put into the Martin Lewis Charitable Fund when MoneySavingExpert joined the MoneySupermarket group. For more information on what Martin's donated, see his blog.

The MSE Charitable Fund

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