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Do you consider yourself good with money?
No, I think I'm pretty bad on the whole. It makes me anxious. It freaks me out. Yeah.

Do you think women are better at managing money than men?
On the whole, probably, yeah. I certainly think my wife's better. I think she and many women are better planners, I think. More sensible about these things. Yeah.

Do you think having more money would make you happier?
In a kind of banal way, I could get to do certain things more easily, yes, but maybe not in the bigger picture.

Do you consider yourself good with money?
Yeah, I think so. I've never been in debt, so I think that's pretty good going seeing as I'm quite old now. And yeah, I spend a lot on shoes, that's my only weakness, I think.

Do you think women are better at managing money than men?
I don't really think it's a gender issue. I mean, I'm pretty good with my money, but my brother's rubbish, he's always in debt, but my husband's fine, so I'm not sure that there's a gender thing going on there.

Do you think having more money would make you happier?
Pretty happy as I am actually, so no.

Do you consider yourself good with money?
I do actually. yeah. No, I do.

Why?
Because I never go overdrawn, I pay off my credit card, I try to make sure my savings get a reasonable rate of interest, I never run out of cash, I'm just a kind of an organized person money-wise.

Do you think women are better at managing money than men?
That's a tricky one. In some respects I think so. I wouldn't want to fall into stereotyping. I think men and women spend money on different things. I mean I do a lot of cycling, and if you see a man and woman out cycling together, the man always has a better bike. Always. It's quite amazing. So I think men like spending money on their things, whereas women might spend money more on family things, I don't know. So in that sense I think women have more of a perspective on money than men do.

 

Do you think having more money would make you happier?
I think having a bit more might. I think having a lot more it's difficult to say. I think a lot of people find large sums of money, if you won the lottery say, that would be quite hard to deal with, I think. But you know, an extra 10,000 a year I think would be just about right. Yeah.

Do you consider yourself good with money?
No, not at all. I spend it without thinking and just I'm very lazy looking for bargains and things, whereas I have friends who look really carefully for the cheapest option. I just can't be bothered to do that so I tend to spend money like water. It's awful.

Do you think that women are better at managing money than men?
Not necessarily, but now I think about it I think maybe women go, I know it's stereotypical to say, but maybe women go shopping more together as a sort of social activity, whereas men tend to, you know, I don't know, stay in their rooms or work or something. I don't know.

Do you think that having more money would make you happier?
I think it might, yes. I think I might be very happy with more money, I can, yeah, just not think about money at all, and spend all the money I want and go out, have nice meals, and go on holiday. That would be great.

Do you consider yourself good with money?
Not good enough, no.

Why not?
Why not? I'm not very good at making budgets and sticking to them.

Do you think women are better at managing money than men?
I think that depends. The ones I know probably are not.

Do you think that having more money would make you happier?
In New York, yes. In most places no.

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