Episode 001 Show Notes
How quickly can you start saving money? What do first time buyers need to know about daily spending? And what shopping habits do you need if you’re trying to save for a big goal like a house deposit?
Or perhaps you just want the financial freedom to choose between a buying home, or anything else on your bucket list like starting a business. Maybe you’d like to work less in a mainstream job to grow a side hustle, or spend more time with family.
If you want to save money and still do the things you really want to do that cost money, I’ll show you some simple shopping habits you can implement right away that will help you to achieve both. These tips should change the way you think about how you spend, so that you can spend better on the essentials you were going to buy anyway.
This episode also includes a recommendation for a podcast you need in your life.
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Next Episode: 3 Food Myths That Make Us Overspend
Previous Episode: How To Save Like A Bear (In September & Beyond)
About The Show
How To Save Like A Bear helps first-time buyers and savers with big goals make the changes they need to succeed. Use these strategies to spend better on essentials, make more money, and think outside the box so that you can improve your future rocket fast.
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What’s a trick that branded vs unbranded challenges miss?
Are skincare wipes bad?
What does half the chat on brand labels really mean?
Ask Bear: How do you make money between jobs, or on the side depending on your specific skillset?
Are survey sites or matched betting worth it?
When should you start investing?
And most importantly:
When’s the last time you bartered with a block of cheese?
What’s Your Answer To These?
Let me know in the comments your answer to these, so that I can make sure future episodes are relevant to you:
What represents financial independence to you?
Is it buying a house because you feel renting or living with family is trapping you instead?
Or do you have something else in mind? Is it related to a side business, or something else entirely?
How did you find out about Save Like A Bear?
Quiz! Comment if you know the answer to these ahead of episode two also!
What’s the difference between use by dates and best before dates?
What does “traditionally made” mean on a brand label?
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Recommended Resources In This Episode
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The accountant with the zero hour sideline in the Ask Bear answer is Panda Boss. She talks about it in her YouTube video How To Make Money On The Side With a Full Time Job. Why not leave her a comment letting her know you came from the podcast? Let us know if you decide to do any of mine or her suggestions to earn more money.
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P.S. The monsters are a metaphor for life. You got that, right?
Further Reading And Resources
Zanna is a personal trainer and founder of sustainable swimwear brand Stay Wild Swim, but she also has a nutrition and workout book:
Nutritionist Pixie Turner and Dr Nikki Stamp also have a podcast about dodgy health documentaries: In Bad Taste.
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Nadiya Hussain discusses living with anxiety in her memoir Finding My Voice which is also available as a free audiobook.
Grace Victory’s No Filter delves into mental health too, and true to her style, no topic is off limits otherwise!
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