This podcast series is sponsored by PensionBee (affiliate link) but all views are my own.
If you’re worried about the rising cost of living, do check out the latest series of the Mrs Mummypenny talks podcast, with money saving tips on everything from food and energy to essential bills and debt.
Lynn, aka Mrs Mummypenny, invited me to join her for this series, kindly sponsored by PensionBee, to share cost cutting ideas and chat about how we’ve coped when money was tight.
Let’s face it, rising prices and spiralling bills were already bad enough, without adding the chaos since the budget-that-wasn’t-a budget. Cheers Kwasi.
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These podcasts are packed with practical tips to help you take control. We know how hard it can be, juggling work, home, kids, relationships and everything else, so we zoom in on how to make the biggest savings with the least effort.
You can find Mrs Mummypenny Talks cost of living with Much More With Less on whichever app you use for podcasts:
Give it a listen – you will save money!
Mrs Mummypenny talks cost of living with Much More With Less podcast
Episode 1: Introduction
All about what you can expect in the series, and how Lynn and I can help. Find out about our own experiences, from a work perspective as personal finance experts and also as mums grappling with our own family finances.
Listen to episode one, the introduction
Episode 2: Food
Keen to slash your food costs? Check out this episode, where we focus on practical tips to keep bills at the till low despite rising prices.
I’ve had experience feeding myself on next to nothing during assorted charity challenges, but I’ve also managed to shrink our family foods by a third longer term.
Listen to episode two on food
More info: 80+ ways to save money on your food shopping
Episode 3: Energy
Thank goodness since the podcast the government has finally stepped in to cap gas and energy prices, but bills will still be roughly double what they were only a year ago. Discover why prices have risen, which concrete steps will tackle your energy bills, and how much you could save.
Listen to episode three on energy
More info: Cheap ways to cut the cost of keeping warm
Episode 4: Essential Bills
This episode looks beyond food and energy, to highlight ways to cut all those other essential bills that still need to be paid, everything from mortgage or rent, Council Tax and water to phone, mobile, broadband, TV, insurance, fuel and transport.
That’s a lot of payments but we suggest ways to shrink these costs.
Listen to episode four on essential bills
Episode 5: Making Money
Change of direction: rather than cutting costs, this episode looks at earning more. Find out what works when it comes to raising extra cash – and what doesn’t. We’ve been there, done that, and sold the T shirt.
Listen to episode five on making money
Episode 6: Debt
As I say in this episode, debt is like fire. It can hugely useful, such as the mortgage that keeps a roof over your head, or the car financing that means you can get to work. But debt can also be incredibly destructive, both financially and emotionally. Lynn talks about how she paid off her £16,000 in consumer debt, and we highlight where you can go for help.
Listen to episode six on debt
Episode 7: The Future – Savings and Pensions
To finish the series, we look beyond coping with day-to-day bills to facing the future. That can be really hard, if you’re struggling to make ends meet right now. But if the pandemic and all these prices rises proved anything at all, it’s that we all need some emergency savings. Plus, if we ever want to stop work, we need to set aside some retirement savings too. Listen for practical tips on how to get started.
Listen to episode 7 on the future
More info: What is a pension and why you should care
Now – over to you. Do let me know what you think of these podcasts. I’d love to hear and hope they help!