Saturday, 31 January 2009

Tune in to Sheconomics

This week Simonne and I have been on the radio more than the Archers (or that’s how it feels) and tomorrow (Sunday 1st February), I’ll be a guest on the Lesley Joseph and Christopher Biggins BBC London radio show. 

Tune in on BBC London 94.9 between 10.30 – 11.00am. I’ll be talking about Sheconomics to actress, comedian and presenter Lesley Joseph and comedian Christopher Biggins, so it should be great fun.

If you have any thoughts after show feel free to post your comments here. I look forward to hearing from you. 

By the way, if you missed the piece about Sheconomics and 'fabulous finances' in Monday's Daily Mail there's a link through here


Sunday, 25 January 2009

Women targeted by employers during recession

New government figures reveal that women are twice as likely to lose their jobs as men during the downturn.

Thankfully, at a national level women ministers are on the case. On a personal level there has never been a more important time for women to shore up their financial defences.

Sheconomics has lots of sound advice on this front. Here are just three tips:
• Build up an emergency cushion to cover 3-6 months expenses then you won’t have to go into debt if you lose your job
• Boost your portfolio of skills and training now so you’re able to compete in the job market
• If the worst happens, negotiate payment breaks with lenders until you’re back on your feet.

It's a tough time ahead for women but the most Sheconomic ones will be the winners in the end!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Some good has come of the Credit Crunch

Over half of us are talking more about our personal finances than 12 months ago, according to new research from (one of the credit agencies you can use to monitor your credit). 

In Sheconomics terms that means more people are applying our 6th Law by “sharing financial intimacies”. That’s great news! It’s now an ‘in’ topic for many adults  - and people are finding support from others simply by sharing.


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Being in the black is the new black

That's the headline in yesterday's T2 supplement of The Times, where they devote 3 pages (and the front cover) to Sheconomics.

In case you missed the article you can read it on-line here.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Recession reading

It's a bit sad really. The excitement I felt at the dull but soul-warming news that second hand book sales have risen during the recession. But it's lovely for the charity shops.
And I have a tip if you’re going in search of a page-turner that’s been passed on. Unlike other stuff in charity shops, you don’t want books to be in pristine condition (unless they are known classics such as Austen or Hardy).
There might be a good reason why that book looks unread. Someone started it, couldn’t get past the first three pages and chucked it in Oxfam’s direction.
On the other hand, a shabby old book that’s had its spine bent by at least a dozen people suggests a stonking good read.
And while I’m on the subject of recession reading, Helen Dunmore’s The Siege is just un-putdownable. Read her descriptions of besieged families cooking up the family guinea pig or sucking on a leather wallet for sustenance and you’ll never bemoan having to trim your food budget again.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Carry on saving, says Simonne

Don’t give up on savings!
The Bank of England slashed interest rates to an unbelievably low rate of 1.5% yesterday. That’s the lowest it’s ever been in the 315 years history of the Bank of England! Great news for those of us with a mortgage, but not so good for the savers amongst us. BUT don’t let that put you off saving. It’s still crucial to build up a savings pot for emergencies. That way you avoid the risk of having to use credit cards. Funny how those rates haven’t fallen!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Grab one quickly!

Sheconomics is in the shops at last.

Better get your hands on a copy as soon as you can though. 

Because this credit-crunch has got even the most money-phobic people we know suddenly wanting to know their assets from their ISAs. And those who can no longer splash their cash wondering why they were so hooked on shopping in the first place. In a modest way we like to think Sheconomics has got the answers. Plus tons of useful tips in easy-to-follow lingo.

All the big bookstores are stocking it, or it’s available on-line from Waterstone’s. Don't forget to let us know what you think of it :o).
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