Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pounds, Shillings and Pence

Pounds, Shillings and Pence - funny words for a Yankee like me. I was raised on Ben Franklin's quotes, which favored a different currency - "A penny saved is a penny earned". Later, I got an effective financial education from the school of hard knocks, my boss while working in Germany that taught me about investments, and my ex wife who is an expert penny pincher (Catalans have a tough reputation here in Spain on money matters).

However, for me, the holy grail of finance has always been Andrew Tobias' "The Only Investment Guide You'll Even Need". It has served me well through good and bad financial times, and I've bought at least a dozen copies for friends and family. There are better books for pure investment, but Andrew's holistic approach to money have deeply enriched my understanding of the subject.

Which is why I took an instant liking to Martin Lewis and MoneySavingExpert. From the little I've read about him so far, he seems like a UK version of Andrew Tobias, with a zeal for finding the best deals for the consumer. He has a page dealing with Cheap Contact Lenses which he updated quarterly. Although I think that it's unfair to the consumer that Lensbase does not appear more prominently, and VisionDirect.co.uk does not appear at all, I will definitely join in the forum and see what I can learn. I highly recommend that you join his newsletter, and I hope that I can prove to him that we're on the consumer's side.