Sarah looks at the best options for travel currency, and where to look for the best holiday deals. Sh'es joined in this endeavour by Andy Webb of Be Clever With Your Cash, and Mirror Finance Journalist James Andrews.
Sarah covers the basics about stock markets, clears up some jargon, looks at different fund types and explains how and where you should open an Isa. Her guests today are Young Money Champion James Connington, Moneywise writer Tom Wilson and Richard Stone from the Share Centre.
Sarah and her guests Clare Jefferies from HomeInstead, Janet Davies of Symponia and Bill Calderbank, Chairman of the Society of Later Lafe Advisers. consider the pros and cons of senior care at home and residential care, what the costs and how to fund it, and the responsibilities and financial burdens on family members.
Can doing up your garden add value to your house? Sarah talks about the growing popularity of gardening with Elspeth Briscoe, founder of My Garden School, Juliet Roberts, editor at Gardens Illustrated and Petra Hoyer Millar, the Oxonian Garden Blogger.
Elspeth Briscoe, Petra Hoyer Millar, Juliet Roberts
Around 1 in 5 parents will forego a meal this summer in order to pay for childcare, according to the Trussell Trust, a charity which runs foodbanks. And 40% of parents are worried about the extra costs of paying for childcare this summer holiday. Sarah talks to Mandy Garner of Working Mums and Anne Danks of the Trussell Trust.
This week, Sarah talks travel money. How do you get the best exchange rate? How do you avoid credit and debit card charges abroad? Do travellers' cheques still exist? What about prepaid currency cards? Sarah answers all these questions with this week's Young Money champion Rachael Healy, Andy Webb from the Money Advice Service and Bob Atkinson from TravelSupermarket.
Sarah looks at the idea of fraud and how people are most likely to be targeted. Figures show an increase of 16 per cent for 2015 compared to the year before, but how can you help to lower your risk of being a target. To discuss this Sarah is joined by young money champion Amelia Murray, Mike Haley from CIFAS and Steve Proffitt from Action Fraud.
In 1966, Barclays sent out over a million credit cards to customers. And so began a revolution in the way we shop and pay for goods. None of the customers had asked for these cards - and it was an entirely new product in the UK. Many of those who received these credit cards were women, and it meant that women could get credit without having to get a man to sign for it or act as a guarantor. Sarah Pennells and her guests discuss how credit cards have changed over the past 50 years and look at current rates and deals available.
Maria Sienkiewicz, Liz Hodgkinson, Jane Clack, Tashema Jackson, Alastair Douglas
When you’re on holiday, the last thing you want is for the flight to be delayed, the hotel to be unfinished or the beach to be nowhere near the resort. But problems do happen, so what should you do when disaster strikes? Sean Tipton, from ABTA, lists the most common disasters that people experience and discusses the future of EHIC cards after the EU Referendum. Frank Brehany, from Holiday Travel Watch, looks at how some disasters can be avoided before going on holiday; Nel Mooy, Head of Travel for AXA Insurance, explains who you can claim from in an emergency and what are the costs involved.
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.