My guest this week is Rachel Smith.
Rachel is an author, blogger, speaker, story-teller, transport planner and a keen cyclist.
She has spoken at more than 200 conferences, delivered two TEDx talks and her work has appeared in international media including the BBC, ABC, SBS, Disney Channel and The Economist.
Rachel’s main areas of interest are in creating cities for our modern lifestyle and spending money – or to be more precise, not spending. In 2014 she didn’t buy anything new or second hand and saved 38% of her take-home salary. She wrote about this in her book Underspent.How @cyclingRsmith bought nothing new for a year and saved 38% of her take home salary Click To Tweet
You can connect with Rachel on twitter.Why do people in 400 houses have 400 lawn mowers? Why can't we share more? @cyclingRSmith Click To Tweet
What Rachel Smith and I discussed:
- financial security
- writing a book
- a year of buying nothing new or second hand
- failing on her first attempt of having a year of not spending
- Amanda Palmer TED talk and book, The Art of Asking
- borrowing from the neighbours and friends
- waiting before you buy
- manifesting what you need
- being underspent and saving money
- the changing nature of the transport planning and engineering sectors
- being retrenched from her job and taking a redundancy
- shared housing when you’re in your 50s because you can’t afford to live alone
- tips for people who want to spend less
- keeping a budget and only spending what you have
- have a clear goal for your money
- being an urban planner
- cycling superhighways
- challenges of urban planning today
- making cities fit for our modern lifestyles
- the Thank-You brand
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