“My husband Craig and I were trying to make some sense of our finances just before Christmas.
“As we both work in the creative media world - he’s a producer - we’re all too aware our financial security lasts only as long as our next contract.
“We’re both thrilled to be working at the moment, especially in the current climate. I’m really enjoying appearing in 'The Bill' and Craig is involved in some great projects; but they could always choose to kill off my character at the same time as Craig’s current work dries up, and we never seem to have the time to plan ahead with our own household budget.
“We did the scary thing of sitting on the floor surrounded by bits of paper trying to make sense of it all. The cat kept knocking over the piles and it was getting really complicated, making sense of all the invoices and rate changes and Christmas expenses, so in the end we decided there had to be some advice online to help us work through it.
“By chance I found a great website, Your Money in a Nutshell, which gave a place to list all the different bits of income and expenditure with dates and amounts and contact details, and by pressing a button it automatically threw up an interactive budget at us showing a month or the next three months – as far as a year ahead.
“It was so easy to use and started making such sense that I stopped panicking. And to be honest we gave up with the separate piles of paper and decided to work through them all sensibly at the table a bit at a time each evening.
“So there we are; we started the New Year with a great resolution we can actually keep – staying on top of that budget.”
The team behind the website is delighted to announce that Claire liked Your Nutshell so much, she's joined the company as a Director!
Once Claire found other parts of the site – such as Your Life in a Nutshell where you can record your life story by answering lots of questions and uploading pictures, music and video - she was hooked.
“To be honest neither of us gets a lot of free time to go online, but we’re finding odd half hours in the evenings for this,” she says. “There’s also Your Year in a Nutshell which is a secure place for uploading thoughts and dates and ideas as they happen so you don’t forget them – it doesn’t have to be an every day diary.
“When I get my filming schedules I can pop them in there, and then at the end of a busy week I can write up some of the funnier things that happen or upload pictures from my phone so I’ll remember everything later.
“When I go away anywhere I can upload scans of my important travel documents and emergency numbers before I go, in case a bag goes astray, and I keep a journal while I’m there; and with my brother away a lot working on his charities he can take pictures as he goes and share them privately with me like mini books so I feel I’m there with him, whatever he’s doing.
"I've always been wary of very public social networking sites but Your Nutshell is completely private. Craig and I even spent time recording our living wills (after a glass of wine to take the serious edge off!); now we feel we’ve finally done the sensible thing this year and sorted out our lives a bit, safely, online.
“Best of all, knowing our cat and what she gets up to, the day a cup of coffee ends up all over the keyboard I won’t lose anything I’ve put into my Nutshell as I can access my records from any PC anywhere in the world by using my secure passwords and PINs.
“We can record everything as we go to look back on and enjoy later; it really is a snapshot of our lives - in a Nutshell!”
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