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My guest on the podcast today is Kalpana Fitzpatrick, founder of Mummy Money Matters.

Kalpana is an experienced financial journalist and broadcaster, who started her blog after she discovered that mums were often overlooked and kept out of the loop when it came to money.

As well as editing and writing for Mummy Money Matters, Kalpana appears regularly in the media as an expert commentator on personal finance and is often seen on television.

Kalpana was recently shortlisted for the Women in Journalism Awards and the National Press Awards 2016 and also the runner up for Personal Finance Blog of the year SHOMOS 2016.

She is extremely passionate about making finance simple and accessible as well as helping consumers make the most of their money.

As a parent herself, Kalpana often found that families were presented with jargon, making finance unnecessarily complicated, resulting in many missing out on entitlements and putting their money in poor returning products.

In this episode of Informed Choice Radio, I speak to Kalpana about why mums are often overlooked when it comes to personal finances, the importance of financial education for children, favourite ways to scrimp and save money, why women should have a freedom fund, and much more.

Welcome to Mummy Money Matters with Kalpana Fitzpatrick, in episode 178 of Informed Choice Radio.

Some questions I ask:

-What inspired you to get started in financial journalism?

-Why are mums often kept out of the loop when it comes to money?

-What makes financial education so important for children?

-As the financial journalist for Channel 4's Super Scrimpers TV show, what are some of your favourite ways to scrimp and save?

-Why is it so important for women to have a freedom fund and keep it secret?

-How does a freedom fund differ from an emergency fund?

-How should mums approach their personal finances differently from the rest of us?

-Are there any particular steps that moms can take when they're planning for retirement?

-Can you tell us what the 'pink tax' is all about?

Useful links mentioned in this episode:

-Mummy Money Matters

-Kalpana on Facebook

-Kalpana on Twitter

-Kalpana on YouTube

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