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MoneySavingExpert.com turns 17 – here's how we've changed over the years and helped you save BILLIONS

MoneySavingExpert.com turns 17 – here's how we've changed over the years and helped you save BILLIONS

MoneySavingExpert is 17 years old this weekend – and to celebrate, we're taking a look back at how the site has evolved since 2003 and some of our users' most eye-catching success stories.

The big day's on Saturday (22 February) – 17 years after Martin Lewis officially launched MoneySavingExpert.com. At the time that he did, on 22 February 2003, t.A.T.u.'s All the Things She Said was number one in the charts, Tony Blair was Prime Minister and England's rugby union team was on the verge of completing a Six Nations grand slam.

Since then, we've become the UK's biggest consumer website, leading the charge in campaigns against PPI mis-selling and unfair bank charges, fighting for your rights on student loans, council tax and much more besides, and saving millions of users billions of pounds, on everything from mortgages to their weekly supermarket shop.

Over the past 12 months we've kept up the good work, helping 100,000s get in last-minute PPI claims, prompting the Welsh Government to help those with a 'severe mental impairment' claim council tax discounts, and providing detailed, timely help to 100,000s hit by Thomas Cook's collapse.

Read more about the history of MoneySavingExpert.com, Martin and the rest of the team on our About MoneySavingExpert.com page.

How it all began

Martin started working as the Money Saving Expert in 2000, using the title when on TV and writing a newspaper column. On the side he'd send his 'Martin's Money Tips' to friends and family, alerting them to short-lived deals and ways to save.

In February 2003, he decided to launch the website properly, which cost just £100 thanks to a web designer in Uzbekistan. Here's how it looked back then, and how it's changed over the years since:

It's not just the homepage which has changed, either. Below you can also see snippets from the Top Savings guide – the top of the guide and our top picks – and how they've changed over time.

(The very sharp-eyed - and we appreciate the image below is quite small - will notice that back in 2003 the top instant-access savings accounts were paying rates of over 6% – which is simply unheard of nowadays, when the top easy-access savings accounts pay just 1.3%.)

'I reclaimed £247,000 in PPI': MoneySavers' best success stories

Here at MSE Towers, we love hearing how our users have used our tips to save money. We receive 100s of emails every month – here are just a few of our favourites:

Think you can top that? We'll continue to celebrate our users' successes in years to come – so let us know how you've got on by emailing successes@moneysavingexpert.com.

Our biggest campaign wins

From the very beginning we've always aimed to protect consumers and give them the tools they need to fight back, and we're proud to say this has been at the heart of everything we've done. Here are a few highlights: