Updated: Feb 3
If you don’t know about The Little Spender, where have you been?!?!
We came across the woman behind The Little Spender (Bekki) just before she embarked on her mammoth trip to South America (more on that to come) It was her easily digestible posts sharing all the latest deals across London to get the most out of our money that grabbed us - because who said you can’t save money and life your best life? Through small changes to her lifestyle and getting her money management down to a T, Bekki saved over £17,000 for her trip. As a freelance writer, speaker and content creator this woman of many talents has written for Refinery29 and Monzo, so we were lucky to take a few minutes to ask her some of our burning questions.
What is the mission of the The Little Spender?
To help people save money on everything from bills to burgers. I want to change the way women think, talk & feel about their finances by sharing bite-sized, easy to follow money-saving tips.
If you were to tell us about one high and one low of your financial journey so far, what would they be?
In October 2019 I hit a huge money milestone – I'd saved enough money to travel around South America for six months.
The low point...returning home during the Covid crisis without a job/ any income!
What’s your first money memory?
Convincing my local shop to let me buy sweets and lollies at a reduced cost, which I then sold on for a profit at school!
What is one thing you would tell your younger self about money?
One of my favourite quotes is "little by little, a little becomes a lot". I think this works perfectly when talking about money. I'd tell my younger self to start saving earlier, even if it was only a few pounds a week. The good habits you create will stay with you, meaning when you're earning more you're likely to save more too.
Tell us your favourite money tip for millennials
Understand the numbers. Monthly income and monthly outgoings are the basic numbers everyone should know.
Without understanding those, how can you know how much money you have to spend each month?
If you could do a Ted Talk on the one topic you were passionate about, what would it be and why?
Going to sound really cool here, but I'd talk about the importance of budgeting. A lot of people think budgets are really limiting, but they're completely the opposite. I doubt I'd have hit my savings goal, and travelled so much, without following a good budget.
What does spending on a typical lockdown look like?
At the moment the only thing I'm spending money on is the weekly food shop! (and a v occasional Topshop order!)