A budget to counter the rising cost of living

Next month has been dubbed ‘Awful April’ as the cost of almost everything rises – but is your budget ready to withstand the pressure? Lil, 22, a podcast listener, is worried about how she’ll cope with higher energy bills, rising rent and bigger food bills at the supermarket – not to mention price increases. National Insurance and changes to student loan repayment. She’s already pretty thrifty – so can presenter Claer Barrett find other ways for Lil to stretch her money further?

Charlotte Jessop, founder of the website Looking After Your Pennies, explains simple ways for everyone to learn about budgeting and saving, as well as ideas for increasing their income. Additionally, Claer visits the home of Miguel Barclay, better known on Instagram as the £1 chef, to see the budgeting tips he has cooked up in his latest book.

You can follow all the podcast experts on Instagram: @Claerb, @lookingafteryourpennies, @miguelbarclay

To make the fried rice recipe that Miguel concocted for Claer, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT2bzS-vnF4

Here is the link to claim tax relief worth up to £125 if you worked from home in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/working-at -home

To listen to our previous episode How to Get a Pay Raise, click here: https://www.ft.com/content/eeb84e5e-acf2-4b92-a99a-bd3514e1837d

Charlotte’s recommended websites that offer small payments for completing consumer surveys include YouGov, Prolific and UserTesting.

Presented by Claer Barrett. Produced by Persis Love. Our executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Sound design is by Breen Turner, with original music by Metaphor Music.


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