Petar Lekarski

Senior News Reporter

Petar joined MSE as a Money Analyst in October 2019, before moving to the News team as a Senior Reporter in April 2021. He's also currently filling in for Eesha as Martin's researcher, supporting the Money Saving Expert across his TV, radio and print appearances.

Having graduated with a degree in law, Petar previously worked at a private client firm before joining an energy switching start-up, where he developed his interest in saving people money on their bills.

When he's not poring over his budgeting spreadsheets, you'll find him at the cinema, eating spicy food or cycling around London on a rented bike. He also enjoys playing video games, bouldering and lists of three.

Latest from Petar Lekarski

Smart prepay energy user? Many suppliers will let you use Government payments on gas AND electricity, but two still aren't – here's what each firm is doing

Smart prepay energy user? Many suppliers will let you use Government payments on gas AND electricity, but two still aren't – here's what each firm is doing

British Gas and Ovo are still unable to confirm they'll let smart prepay customers use their £400 energy support payments on both electricity AND gas, despite gas being crucial for many people's heating this winter.

8 November 2022

British Gas, EDF, Octopus and Shell reopen Warm Home Discount schemes in Scotland – apply now to get £150 off your energy bills this winter

British Gas, EDF, Octopus and Shell reopen Warm Home Discount schemes in Scotland – apply now to get £150 off your energy bills this winter

Scottish households on certain benefits can get £150 off their energy bills this winter under the Warm Home Discount scheme – but, unlike in England and Wales, many in Scotland still need to apply. Here's how to check if you're eligible.

8 November 2022

Second cost of living payment to be paid from today  – here's who qualifies, how much you'll get and if you need to apply

Second cost of living payment to be paid from today – here's who qualifies, how much you'll get and if you need to apply

Millions of the UK's poorest households will start to receive the second half of their £650 cost of living payment from Tuesday 8 November.

8 November 2022

On non-smart prepay for energy? What to do if you didn't get your £66 Government help voucher – or if you're struggling to redeem it

On non-smart prepay for energy? What to do if you didn't get your £66 Government help voucher – or if you're struggling to redeem it

If you pay for energy by topping up and you're on a traditional (non-smart) meter, remember to use your £66 Government energy support voucher, as it's only valid for three months. The reminder comes as new figures show 100,000s of vouchers are yet to be redeemed one month into the scheme.

7 November 2022

Major energy suppliers to pay customers up to £100 this winter to reduce their electricity use at peak times – what we know so far

Major energy suppliers to pay customers up to £100 this winter to reduce their electricity use at peak times – what we know so far

British Gas, EDF, E.on, Octopus and Ovo have all revealed plans to launch similar schemes this winter aimed at preventing power shortages in Great Britain. But the exact details of some of the schemes, including their launch dates, are yet to be confirmed.

7 November 2022

Martin Lewis: Got a cash ISA? Millions should ditch them but many others should get them – it's all about tax

Martin Lewis: Got a cash ISA? Millions should ditch them but many others should get them – it's all about tax

If you're not paying tax on your savings interest, cash ISAs have no benefit – so many should ditch them for higher-paying standard accounts. That's the message from MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis in the third episode of the latest series of ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.

2 November 2022

Four more 'banking hubs' to open in a bid to boost access to cash as high street branches close – here's a full list of the 27 planned hubs

Four more 'banking hubs' to open in a bid to boost access to cash as high street branches close – here's a full list of the 27 planned hubs

The hubs will operate in a similar way to bank branches, but their services are shared, with banks providing staff on rotation so that trained specialists from different banks are available on different days.

2 November 2022

New greener petrol to be introduced in Northern Ireland by 1 November – but not all vehicles are compatible and it could push up costs

New greener petrol to be introduced in Northern Ireland by 1 November – but not all vehicles are compatible and it could push up costs

E10 petrol is being rolled out across forecourts in Northern Ireland by Tuesday 1 November, following its introduction across England, Scotland and Wales last year. Here's what it means for motorists.

26 October 2022

You've 100 days left to use 1st and 2nd class stamps without barcodes – or you can swap them for free

You've 100 days left to use 1st and 2nd class stamps without barcodes – or you can swap them for free

Non-barcoded first and second class stamps, plus others with the Queen's profile on, will become worthless on 31 January 2023 – here's what you need to know.

24 October 2022

Coronavirus travel rights

Coronavirus travel rights

We've the latest on the testing and self-isolation rules for travellers visiting popular destinations abroad, plus full refund and insurance rights for overseas and UK travel.

21 October 2022

Smart prepay energy user? MSE is urging firms to let you use Government payments on gas AND electricity – here's what each firm is doing

Smart prepay energy user? MSE is urging firms to let you use Government payments on gas AND electricity – here's what each firm is doing

MoneySavingExpert.com is calling on energy firms to make it possible for prepay customers with smart meters to use their £400 energy support payments on both electricity AND gas, as it's the gas meter that's crucial for many people's heating this winter.

18 October 2022

Chase boosts interest rate on easy-access saver to 2.1% – but you can get higher rates elsewhere

Chase boosts interest rate on easy-access saver to 2.1% – but you can get higher rates elsewhere

New and existing savers will automatically get the new rate from Monday 24 October – but you can get higher easy-access rates elsewhere.

17 October 2022

Royal British Legion to give veterans and their families grants of up to £2,400 to help pay bills – check if you're eligible and how to apply

Royal British Legion to give veterans and their families grants of up to £2,400 to help pay bills – check if you're eligible and how to apply

The UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting the armed forces community has today launched a grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

13 October 2022

Virgin Media cuts price of broadband for households on benefits – check if you can get it and how it compares

Virgin Media cuts price of broadband for households on benefits – check if you can get it and how it compares

Virgin Media has cut the cost of its 'Essential' broadband tariff for households on universal credit, from £15 a month to £12.50 a month – making it the cheapest social tariff on the market.

11 October 2022

Barclays launches new cash withdrawal service at 1,000s of shops, pubs and cafes – and anyone can use it

Barclays launches new cash withdrawal service at 1,000s of shops, pubs and cafes – and anyone can use it

Thousands more local businesses across the UK will now let shoppers withdraw from 1p to £100 in cash for free – without them having to buy anything – as part of a new initiative by high street bank Barclays.

10 October 2022

Grants to help you pay your energy bills – check what your supplier is offering

Grants to help you pay your energy bills – check what your supplier is offering

Struggling to pay energy bills? Check if you can get a grant worth £1,000s from your supplier – plus how to apply.

10 October 2022