Have you been using your credit cards to get in on the black Friday deals, or perhaps some Christmas shopping? Credit cards can be extremely useful against fraud but can be a big problem if you aren't able to pay them off quickly. So should you bother, or are you better off without? To discuss this with Sarah she is joined by Young Money champion, James Connington, Andy Webb of becleverwithyourcash.com, Andrew Haggar of Moneycomms and Hannah Maundrell of Money.co.uk.
James Connington, Andy Webb, Andrew Hagger, Hannah Maundrell
Struggling to get on the property ladder? Sarah Pennells and Young Money Champion Olivia Rudgard look at the pros and cons of shared ownership with experts Lynda Clark, Editor of First Time Buyer Magazine, Kush Rawal, Sales and Marketing Director at Thames Valley Housing, and Paula Higgins, Chief Executive of Homeowners Alliance. Sarah and Olivia also hear from Alex Campbell who's bought a shared ownership property in Phoenix Quarter in Dartford in Kent.
Olivia Rudgard, Lynda Clark, Kush Rawal, Alex Campbell, Paula Higgins
Thinking of hiring a car abroad this summer? Sarah Pennells looks at the problems that young people can face, from extra costs and charges being slapped onto the price at the last minute, to being charged an excess of hundreds of pounds if you get a tiny scrape or scratch. Amelia Murray, this week's Young Money Champion, discusses what the extra charges are and how much they can add up to. Amanda Stretton, Motoring Editor of Confused.com, looks at collision damage insurance and what other options are available. Ian Crowder, from the AA, shares some tips for someone hiring a car.
If you're trying to save money on your holiday accommodation, what are the options? And what do you have to think about if you want to use Airbnb? Sarah Pennells speaks to this week's Young Money Champion, Rachel Healy, about how Airbnb works, meanwhile David Weston, of B&B Association, debates whether it would be cheaper to stay in a B&B. Will Coldwell, Journalist at The Guardian and Guardian Travel, also tells Sarah why he's concerned about organisations such as Airbnb.
What's the best way to save on insurance, energy bills and savings if you're sharing a house? Sarah Pennells is joined by Matt Saunders, from GoCompare, discusses how some people who live in a rented property don't know they have the right to switch to a cheaper tariff; Ashish Mehra, founder of Wesplit.it, explains how the company can help young people save money; while behavioural psychologist, Judi James, analyses why the financial aspect of sharing a house can be so difficult if you're a student or starting out in your career.
Now it's something that over 21 million people in the UK do at least once a year and they don't get paid a penny. What is it? Volunteering. This week is Volunteers' Week where you can find out more about what's involved in volunteering. Volunteering can be anything from getting involved in projects and charities in your neighbourhood to travelling abroad. So, how can you get involved? What are the benefits and how do you work out what type of project to get involved in? Sarah Pennells and our Young Money Champion, Rachael Healey, are joined by Alison Harvie who's the head of communications at Volunteering Matters and by Stefan Watham who's the chief executive of Year Out Group.
Sarah Pennells analyses the the dos and dont's when it comes to investing for the first time. This week's Young Money Champion, James Connington, starts off by discussing how he started investing and whether he encountered any surprises or disadvantages. Michelle McGrade, from TD Direct Investing, focuses on the ethics behind it; Tom Stevenson, from Fidelity Worldwide Investing, emphasises the importance of investing, while Simon Webster, from Facts and Figures, explains what the term ‘investing in ISAs’ means.
James Connington, Michelle McGrade, Tom Stevenson, Simon Webster
Sarah Pennells looks at credit card surcharges and why we still have to pay an extra 2.5% interest fee. This week's Young Money Champion, Amelia Murray, explains what the credit card charges are and why they are being changed this year. Helen Saxon, from Moneysavingexpert.com, debates whether credit card rewards are worth considering after cash back offers and loyalty incentives were reduced. Richard Koch, from the UK Cards Association, explains what further changes are being introduced next month.
If you're a student, or a first time renter, this week Sarah Pennells looks at what rights you're entitled to as a tenant. She is joined in the studio by Money Saving Expert Racheal Healey and Richard Blanco, independent landlord and National Landlords Association spokesperson. She will also be joined by Simon Thompson, Director of accommodationforstudents.com- the UK’s largest student accommodation portal- and David Cox from the Association of Residential Letting Agents.
Rachel Healy, Simon Thompson, David Cox, Richard Blanco
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Share Radio founder, Gavin Oldham, as well as our Young Money Champion, Amelia Murray from the Telegraph Personal Finance Team, and over the phone with Anna Sofat of Addidi Wealth, to talk about lost child trust funds. Together they look at lost or unclaimed child trust funds, after a recent research showed that nearly 900,000 people were said to be at risk of losing their savings.