Hello! I’m Charlotte Jessop! Owner and Creator of Looking After Your Pennies. Read on to find out more about my experience, passions and motivations.
Good question! I’m a mummy to two little girls, wife to Dan and a teacher of mathematics with a love of Harry Potter and the great outdoors.
As a secondary school maths teacher, I work every day with young people who are scared of “real life”. The curriculum teaches them how to rearrange formulae or draw a histogram but many of them are more worried about living costs. I saw this in my students and set out to do something about it. I started teaching them about credit/debit cards, interests, budgeting and comparing utilities. They thought it was great! However, I would go and tell (brag to) my friends and family about this lesson I had taught and how much the students had enjoyed it and would be met with a chorus of “ooh! Can you teach me that too?”
I realised that financial education was something that many of us were not taught at school. It is a big part of our lives and we don’t know where to turn to get this information. Therefore I am using my mathematics degree and general interest in personal finance to share my knowledge with you.
Having kids changed me, alright? After my eldest daughter was born I took more of an interest in the things we used and exposed her to. I realised that the choices I made could impact the world she lived in and her ability to experience it. Therefore, I just could not sit and let these things slip by. I made changes in our home and in our habits. For example, we switched to cloth nappies and I started using reusable menstrual products. We also made a more conscious effort to recycle and refuse those products that were damaging to the environment such as straws and plastic cups.
However, I noticed that sometimes there was a choice. Should I pick the cheapest option or the option that did less damage to the environment? Was there another option that I didn’t know about that was both cheap and environmentally friendly?
In a nutshell, yes! I know that it is possible to be an environmentally-conscious (maybe not perfect but we can try) human without completely blowing your budget. And actually, in many cases, the two go hand in hand. This blog is here to share with you all my tips and tricks about how you can find the balance between the two too!
Off you go! Take a look at my blog posts, find me on social media and make some changes!