- Would you say you have been thrifty since childhood?
Not at all. I always spent too much and had no idea about how to manage my money. Mum was always very careful moneywise and I think I just went the other way, as I hated the idea of not having enough. She could easily have rivalled Jesus feeding the five thousand with his two fish and five loaves, as every ingredient was always stretched to the max. Even now I always make sure fridge and food cupboards are amply stocked. Once I started working in my teens, I should have been starting to save and contribute towards the housekeeping pot but I was just clueless. That’s something I’ll always regret.
- Have you had lessons on money management in secondary school?
I don’t remember having any financial education in school and doubt I’d have listened much to any advice mum and dad had either which is a real shame.
- What would you say are 2 or 3 epic money fails you have had since becoming an adult?
- Using a Debenhams credit card for cash to help a friend of mine when in my late teens. Mum had to pay it back in the end.
- Taking out a loan on a new car when I didn’t really have the income to cover it because I wasn’t able to admit that couldn’t afford it.
- Did you have a frugal epiphany? What caused it, or how did you decide to develop the frugal habit?
Meeting my husband was my frugal epiphany as he’s the total opposite of me. He’s very financially savvy and he really made me think about what I was spending and how to manage my money better. I even save now and quite enjoy doing so!
- What are some of the things you practice now as part of a frugal lifestyle?
I use a spreadsheet to record all of my financial transactions even with my credit card, which I effectively use as a debit card and pay the balance in full each month. It’s cash back card too so that’s an added bonus.
- What is the biggest saving you have made as a result of being frugal?
When we were house building, we always got three quotes for everything and negotiated with companies every time to secure the best prices for everything. This saved us hundreds of pounds in the final bill.
- Now that you are more money savvy, what 3 pieces of advice would you give to others about handling money?
Never buy anything on impulse unless you know you can return it if necessary. Always take some time to think first or you may pay later.
Deals are not always deals. Again take some time to think before you buy and do your research.
Make sure you can account for every penny you have and that you spend.
- What about frugal fails? We’d love to hear a few of those too.
I paid insurance for a mobile phone once, which I didn’t have anymore. Must have been for at least a year. What a muppet!
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