LONDON, November 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
Belfast's Jennie Hammond crowned the UK's Smartest Shopper 2014
After a gruelling and competitive month-long search, Savoo.co.uk , the money-saving and voucher code site, has found the UK's most knowledgeable and smartest shopper.Jennie Hammond, a single mum from Belfast , beat thousands of rivals to claim the title, a cheque for £10,000 and the opportunity to work with Savoo to create an award-winning, money-saving blog.
With 10 finalists undergoing interviews from some of the UK's most revered money-savers, to be crowned the UK's smartest shopper is some achievement. Marc Lockley, the author of 'How to Pay Less For More' and award-winning money saving blogger Miss Thrifty joined last year's inaugural winner -Ricky Willis aka Skint Dad - on the independent panel. There could be only one winner and Jennie prevailed due to the judges' amazement at her incredible knowledge of the money-saving industry in such a short period of time.
Jennie's story and situation is one that more and more women find themselves in recently. She said, "Being a single Mum can be tough some times; when I got a letter from my bank telling me my overdraft was being reduced, I knew I had to do something about my finances. Winning the £10,000 and being able to work with Savoo to build a blog is a great opportunity. If I can be half as successful as Ricky Willis I will have done well. In the meantime, I think it's time to have a great Christmas and maybe take my sister, her child and my son away for a holiday next year"
Head judge Marc Lockley commented, "Over the past few years the UK population has increased in financial astuteness and this year's finalists were testimony to this. Jennie's experiences and practical ideas, combined with her willingness to share with an audience hungry for savvy insights will provide valuable advice to the reader."
Simon Bird, General Manager of Savoo followed by saying, "I'm delighted for Jennie and her son Ryan and I admire her for her tenacity and never-say-die money-saving attitude. Her knowledge of tax credits and what you are entitled to is something I certainly didn't know. All of us at Savoo can't wait to work with Jennie to hopefully create a blog that can be read by others who are in exactly the same situation as she found herself in."
Ricky Willis, blogger Skintdad and now Mirror Online columnist, who is mentoring Jennie said, "To pass on some of what I have learnt over the last year will be great fun and I hope that Jennie and I can - together - help the people of the UK save some money."
Jennie already has a blog called http://www.spinningjennie.co.uk , but the team at Savoo is committed to working with her to make her new money-saving blog the best place to go for families looking to get genuine, everyday money-saving advice that can really make a difference.