Savvy women and money; what you think about it, who manages it and when should you start saving for retirement?
When do you think the ideal age is to start saving for a pension? Do you have financial secrets and are state pensions confusing?
I get lots of press releases about women and money (as you can imagine), looking at how we are saving less than men, saving more than men, aren’t saving enough for our retirement, have financial secrets from our partners and so on. So – as it’s International Women’s Day - I thought I’d write up a snapshot of what I know about SavvyWoman users from the emails, poll results, tweets and comments I’ve received.
What’s the effect on your finances of being single?
What do you think the main extras are that you have to pay if you’re single? A single room supplement in a hotel or on holiday? Ready made meals for one costing almost the same as meals for two? What about the fact you have to pay your mortgage or rent on your own? Or that there’s no-one to split the gas and electricity bills with? Here are my thoughts on the financial consequences of being single. Let me know what you think…
What can you do with Christmas presents you don't want? Return? Regift? Recycle?
When you can return unwanted gifts, how to recycle them (for cash) and how to give them to charity.
What’s the worst Christmas present you’ve ever received? A dress that’s two sizes too big (or small?) Or something offensively practical, such as a washing-up bowl, dustpan and brush (which a friend of mine's husband gave her - once!)? Whatever your particular nightmare gift, I bet you’ve received many presents over the years that didn’t quite hit the mark. Hopefully, you remembered to smile enthusiastically when you were given them. The question is, what do you do with them?