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8 of the best budgeting bloggers and influencers

Here’s a round-up of the best budget bloggers and influencers who can offer some tips and tricks which might help you save money during the cost of living crisis.

With the cost of living crisis showing no signs of easing, life is likely to be more expensive for many of us over the months to come.

The Bank of England has warned the UK faces a “sharp economic slowdown”, with prices rising at their fastest rate for 30 years, and inflation expected to exceed 10 per cent by the end of the year.

More and more families are struggling to pay for food, energy prices have risen for everyone, and the cost of renting is rising at the fastest rate on record. The government is under pressure to intervene, but amongst the 38 bills which were announced at the Queen’s Speech, there was not one aimed at tackling the cost of living crisis.

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In the absence of state intervention, here’s a round-up of the best budget bloggers and influencers who can offer some tips and tricks which might help you save money.

Jack Monroe

The food campaigner and writer Jack Monroe made headlines earlier this year for highlighting the true impact of expensive food on low-income families.

She compared the prices of low-budget supermarket staples a year ago to their prices now, and presented her analysis on Twitter – sparking a national conversation around why small average price increases could spell disaster for people in poverty.

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As a former food bank user herself, she has been blogging about how to cook low cost meals for years, and you can access her low budget recipes – from salad bag pesto, and sausage and bean casserole, to courgette chocolate cake, and peach and chickpea curry – on her website Cooking on a Bootstrap.

Claire Seal – My frugal year

The financial coach Claire Seal offers honest advice about money and life, and has been documenting how she has cleared her £27,000 debt on her Instagram page My frugal year.

She recommends using the budget planner app Snoop to manage your finances and budget well.

A lot of her work centres on addressing the deeper fundamentals of a healthy relationship with money, from building self-worth to tackling consumerism.

Martin Lewis – The Money Saving Expert

Martin Lewis has spoken to The Big Issue about the “vicious” relationship between money and mental health, and his advice has never felt more needed.

If you’re not signed up already, his weekly email offers the latest deals, guides, tips and tricks for savvy ways to save and make the most of your money.

The Financial Diet

The Instagram account The Financial Diet is likely to be a welcome addition to your feed, in that it prompts you to truly consider whether your latest impulse buy is something you truly need or want.

It’s focused on helping you talk about money and live a better life on any budget.

Posts include understanding what childhood poverty can look like as an adult, ways to say no with financial confidence, how to build credit and easier ways to save.

Family Budgeting

This award winning UK parenting and budget blog is run by Becky Goddard Hill, and features money making and money saving ideas for a creative, happy and thrifty family life.

Blog posts cover topics such as how to better understand the UK economy, how to start investing, quick wins for people who need to save money and how to exercise when you’re on a budget.

Iona Bain

Called the go-to-voice on millennial money, Iona Bain is on a mission to help young people get to grips with personal finance.

She offers practical advice on how to save and tips on how to make your money go further, as well as financial advice, analysis and inspiration.

Iona founded the pioneering Young Money Blog in 2011, and also worked with the Lloyds Banking Academy on the Your Future Finances initiative, the first educational programme in the UK to be fully sign language enabled.

Pounds and Sense

This blog is about making money, saving money and investing, aimed especially at older people by Nick Daws from Burntwood, Staffordshire.

He posts about saving money from a 60-plus perspective, including cashback schemes, deals sites and discount offers. There’s also a section on benefits and pensions.

Nick’s top advice is to not bury your head in the sand where money matters are concerned. He advises people to keep a watchful eye on their income and expenditure, and be alert to ways you can boost the former and reduce the latter.

The Money Whisperer

Do you want to become more financially resilient? Emma Maslin is a certified money coach and mentor, and her blog offers jargon-free, simple ways to understand money matters.

She focuses on the elements of holistic financial wellbeing, dealing with the emotions and subconscious beliefs around money before implementing practical steps to build confidence.

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