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  What is Make Me Rich?

 Transmission Dates

 Programme Notes: The Childs Family

 Programme Notes: The Potts Family

 Programme Notes: The Cross Family

 Programme Notes: The Walker Family

 Programme Notes: The McNamee Family

 Programme Notes: The Cochrane Family

 Programme Notes: The Vidler Family

 Programme Notes: The Sillah Family

 Programme Notes: The Ryan Family

 Programme Notes: The Norris Family

 Programme Notes: The Wheeler Family
 Programme Notes: The Becque Family

 Programme Notes: The Wadeson Family

 Programme Notes: The Clayton Family

 

 

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What is Make Me Rich?

 

Average Saving over the series: £8,700 per family

 

Welcome to the Make Me Rich page.  In the latter half of 2005 I filmed fifteen different programmes for an ITV1 series.  The challenge was simple; I walked into a family/person's home at 9am and had to save them as much money as possible by the end of the day, so they could fulfill their dream; whether that was to go on holiday, buy a new kitchen or be debt free, then the savings they'd make over the next year were calculated.   

 

Now ITV2 is replaying the series (originally shown on weekdays in December 05) in its entirety.  It's currently on Saturdays, usually at 4.30pm though it's subject to ITV2's fluid scheduling policy so it can change or be postponed.

It was an interesting challenge.  Most of what I do is about text book theory, and I hope I explain it well enough for people to put it into practice.  With Make Me Rich it was real people, with real lives, and real complications - nothing is ever as simple as it's supposed to be. 

 

On top of that we actually had to make a watchable TV programme too.   I think in the main we succeeded; some programmes are more gripping than others - though I'm pleased to say all manage to explain at least three key MoneySaving methods. 

As for the structure, it was simple.  The first thing I made each family do was my Budget Planner which calculates whether they're underspending or overspending.  If it's an underspend (about half the programmes) then it was only 'pain-free' savings that were needed - this means 'cutting bills without cutting back'. 

 

The average pain-free saving over the series was £5,100 a year.  If it's an overspend then 'pain-free' is joined by 'pain-ful' which means budgeting and cutting back too.  I hope you enjoy them. 

 

Read on to find out more, check transmission dates and see how you can make similar savings.  While if you click these links you will be taken to the correct programme note if you read down sequentially they'll be in a different order.  This is because the programme order has been changed from December. 


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Transmission Dates and Families

 

 

Make Me Rich has now been transmitted both on ITV1 and repeated on ITV2.  It isn't currently scheduled to be shown again.

 

Make Me Rich Programme Notes                        22 April                        The McNamee Family

 

Total saving: £11,500
Pain-free saving £3690
Painful saving £7810

 

It's a boy! And a girl! And another girl! The McNamee's bills tripled thanks to gorgeous new triplets.

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                             1 April                          The Potts Family

 

Total saving: £5640

Pain-free saving £2600
Painful saving £3040

 

The Potts earn a decent income but just don't seem to have any spare cash at the end of the month.

 

 

 

 

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No blog for this episode as it was the top secret pilot show.

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                             8 April                           The Cross Family

 

Total saving: £40,500

Pain-free saving £34,500

Painful saving £6000 

 

When Jenni Cross left her big bucks job without adjusting her spending accordingly, the result was an eye-watering £58,000/yr overspend.

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                            15 April                          The Walker Family

 

Total saving: £12,140

All pain-free

 

The Walker family are already careful with their cash, but want a little extra to buy a new people carrier.

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                            25 March                         The Childs Family

 

Total saving: £7575

All pain-free

 

The Childs were already a thrifty bunch and weren't sure that Martin could save them anything - sure showed them!

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                            29 April                          The Cochrane Family

 

Total saving: £12,200

Pain-free saving £5600

Painful saving £6600

 

Despite a tidy joint income of £59,000, this couple just can't seem to stay in the black. 

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                            27 May                          The Vidler Family

 

Total saving: £4300

All Pain-free

 

Before the Vidlers can achieve their dream of moving to Milton Keynes they have to learn to work together on their finances.

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                             3 June                          The Sillah Family

 

Total saving: £4440

All Pain-free

 

Already careful with their cash, the Sillahs want to a little extra to fund their daughter's education and send home to relatives in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                                                      The Ryan Family

 

Total saving: £11,500

Pain-free saving £5200

Painful saving £6300

 

The Ryans dream of a four-bedroom house to fit their ever-expanding family in.

 

 

 

 

 

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                            1 July                          The Norris Family

 

Total saving: £7850

Pain-free saving £2150

Painful saving £5700

 

Mum Julie wants laser eye surgery, yet money's tight for the Norris clan since she went on extended maternity leave.

 

 

  

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                                                    The Wheeler Family

 

Total saving: £7900

Pain-free saving £2900

Painful saving £5000

 

With a full-time lecturing job and two kids to look after, Tracey has let her finances slip down to the bottom of her To Do list.

 

 

  

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                                                  The Becque Family

 

Total saving: £9500

Pain-free saving £4050

Painful saving £5450

 

Until last year Paul was enjoying the high life as entertainment director on a cruise ship; now back on land, his income has dropped but his spending hasn't.

 

 

  

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                                                 The Wadeson Family

 

Total saving: £9500

Pain-free saving £4050

Painful saving £5450

 

Julie Ann is the budgeting queen, yet she pays so much attention to everyday spending she sometimes misses the bigger picture.

 

 

  

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Make Me Rich Programme Notes                                                   The Clayton Family

 

Total saving: £13,380

Pain-free saving £8380

Painful saving £5000

 

The Claytons need to sort out their finances before they can realise their dream of moving down under.

 

 

  

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