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The 'squeeze' families

Meet our panel of families charting how the squeeze on household incomes is affecting them.

Some of them are analysing their spending habits to see where they can make some cuts. Most are worried about rising energy bills.

They gave us their first instalment in July and we will be checking back with them every month to see what they are doing to make the most of their money and if they are making any changes to their spending habits.

UK inflation reached 5.2% in September with energy bills behind much of the rise, according to official figures.


Stuart Kidman
Stuart
Oxfordshire
Now a proud new parent

Colin McCormick
Colin
Devon
Measuring energy consumption

Karen Norris
Karen
Aberdeenshire
Planning Christmas shopping

Mary Day
Mary
Leeds
Moving to a smaller house

Ben Williams
Ben
Glamorgan
Coming to terms with credit debt

Barrie Lester
Barrie
Bournemouth
Trying new and cheaper recipes

Andrew Smyth
Andrew
Belfast
Going through his spending habits





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