Jasmine Birtles

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Jasmine Birtles
Jasmine Birtles.jpg
Born Jasmine Birtles
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Occupation Author,
Television presenter,
Home town London, England

Jasmine Birtles (born 1962) is an internationally recognised finance expert, financial and business commentator, journalist, TV presenter and radio presenter, author and humourist. [1] Her consumer website Moneymagpie focuses on making and saving money. She is a familiar voice on radio and television, making regular appearances on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast,[2] BBC News,This Morning,[3] The Wright Stuff,[4] Channel 4 News,[5] Channel 5 News and Sky News.[6] She has presented numerous TV programmes including Homes Under the Hammer, STV's Spend Spend Spend as well as First Time Buyers and Doctor Dosh for UKTV Style.

Financial journalism[edit]

Broadcast media[edit]

Birtles presented debt documentary The Insider for Channel 4. She is a regular financial commentator for This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News and The Wright Stuff. She is also a frequent financial guest on radio programmes, including the BBC's You and Yours,[7] Steve Wright in the Afternoon,[8] Radio 2, Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio and commercial stations. She is currently appearing on BBC raw money alongside Dominic Littlewood. She has also fronted campaigns for the Department for Work and Pensions, appearing in educational YouTube videos,[9] and the Personal Finance Education Group as part of their 2010 'My Money Week'.[10]

Birtles has recently launched her own Youtube channel in which she gives practical money making and money saving advice to people of all ages in a fun and exciting way.


Birtles has a monthly, four-page money column in Reader's Digest,[11] a monthly column in Closer magazine, a monthly column in Prima Baby, a bi-monthly column in Metro First Moves Magazine[12] and a column in Family Traveler Magazine She has written for The Independent, The Guardian,[13] The Observer,[14] The Daily Telegraph,[15] The Sunday Times, The Times Travel pages, The Scotsman, The Herald, The Daily Express,[16][17][18] The Daily Mirror, The Sun,[19] The Christian Science Monitor,[20] Croatian newspaper Nedjeljni Jutarnji,[21] and other magazines, including The Spectator,[22] Marie Claire, Red Magazine, Glamour, [www.allaboutyou.com/prima Prima Magazine], [www.shemag.com She Magazine], Essentials,[23] and Goodtoknow.co.uk.[24] In the 1990s she edited a free London glossy called IT Magazine.

Birtles is also the author of 38 books, a mix of humorous and financial titles, including the best seller A Little Book of Abuse (2000, Boxtree) and her latest publication Beat the Banks![25] (2010, Vermilion). Other titles include:[26]

  • A Woman's Little Instruction Book (1995, Boxtree)
  • Do You Still Miss Your Ex-Husband? Yes But My Aim Is Improving. (1996, O'Mara)
  • A Parent's Little Instruction Book (1996, Boxtree)
  • 1001 Knock Knock Jokes (1998, Robinson)
  • The Little Book of Excuses (2001, Boxtree)
  • A Girl's Best Friend Is Her Money (2002, Boxtree)
  • A Little Book of More Abuse (2002, Boxtree)
  • A Bit on the Side, 500 Ways to Boost your Income (2005, Piatkus)
  • Money Book: Control Your Money, Control Your Life (2006, Piatkus)
  • The Money Magpie (2009, Vermilion)

She has also written a number of ebooks including:

  • How to Pay Off Your Student Loans in "Time" (2012, Moneymagpie)
  • 39 Ways to be Happy (2012, Moneymagpie)

Public speaking[edit]

As a public speaker[27] Birtles hosts conferences for a wide variety of companies and organisations including BT, IBM, Ernst and Young, Barclays Stockbrokers, Sainsbury's, Egg, Worldpay and Abbey National.[28] She is in wide demand as a keynote speaker, specialising in a humorous take on financial and business issues.

Her one-woman show – a humorous take on money management – which she launched at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005[29] is called "How to be Rich Without Really Trying". She has run money management courses within companies such as BBC Careerlink Plus, Zurich, Travel Counsellors, The British Dental Association and O2. She also gives entertaining and humorous after-dinner speeches on financial topics.

Birtles also runs half-day or full-day money management workshops within companies including BBC and O2.


Birtles says she founded Moneymagpie.com in 2007, "to be a fun, easy-to-follow guide to managing the money you have, making more of it and living a richer life all round".[30] The company owning Moneymagpie.com, Moneymagpie Ltd, was registered on 5 September 2006.[31]


There are 2000 feature articles on the Moneymagpie website. These focus on ways to make extra money and ways to save money on bills and other expenses. 60,000 readers subscribe to the Moneymagpie weekly Newsletter.


Jasmine Birtles is fronting a campaign by the Department of Work and Pensions[32][33] to encourage people to put money into retirement investments, particularly workplace pensions. She has written about it in The Sun and in Pensions Week.[34]

She is a campaigner for more financial education in schools.[35]

Birtles and the Moneymapie team have spoken out about the difficulties young people face in trying to get onto the property ladder and Birtles appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss the pros and cons of renting your home.[36] Birtles appeared on Channel 4 News to discuss the pros and cons of renting your home.[37]

Birtles has also fronted an information campaign by the student loans company in the changes of the way loans are administered.

Travel writing[edit]

Birtles is on the expert panel for The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, a columnist for Family Traveler and regularly writes about travel on Moneymagpie.com.


Birtles went to Brighton and Hove High School. She won a scholarship to read English Literature at Christ's College, Cambridge where she was a member of Footlights and performed with Cambridge University Light Entertainment Society. After university she enjoyed a short stint as an actress and toured with a production of Don’t Dress for Dinner. She still takes to the stage as a stand up comedian and once compered her own comedy club The Giggling Elk. She lives in London.


  1. ^ 'Once women understand money, they do much better than men' The Independent, 10 May 2003
  2. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Money saving tips". BBC.YouTube. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  3. ^ This, Morning. "This Morning". ITV. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "The Wright Stuff". Channel 5. 
  5. ^ UK, Growth. "Save or Spend". Channel 4. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Eamon, Holmes. "Sky News". Sky. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Jasmine, Birtles (14 October 2009). "The search for 'green shoots'". BBC. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Steve Wright in the Afternoon". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Jasmine Birtles: Secret Savers YouTube
  10. ^ My Money Week PFEG – Personal Finance Education Group, 28 June to 4 July 2010"
  11. ^ Reader's, Digest. "Podcasts". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Money expert Jasmine Birtles answers first-time property buyers' questions". Metro. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Search". London: Guardian Media. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Jasmine, Birtles (31 July 2005). "Why Wealth is a Laughing Matter". London: Guardian Media. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Why not try the Smarter Living Challenge yourself". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
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  19. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Three ways to enjoy your golden years". The Sun. London. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  20. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "British election: a Eurovision Song Contest for poorly dressed white men". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  21. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Vanity project or ... Games that will restore the lost city of the primacy". Jutarnji. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  22. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Cult collectibles from Barbie to Gaga". The Spectator. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  23. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Tesco Magazine". Tesco Magazine. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  24. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "How to Budget". http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk. Retrieved 25 September 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  25. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Beat the Banks". Vermilion. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  26. ^ Jasmine Birtles Amazon.co.uk
  27. ^ Speakers, Corner. "Jasmine Birtles". Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  28. ^ Jasmine Birtles City Speakers International, 2010
  29. ^ How To Be Rich Without Really Trying Chortle, 2005
  30. ^ Birtles, Jasmine. "Who is Jasmine Birtles". www.moneymagpie.com. Moneymagpie Ltd. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  31. ^ "Companies House". http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/. The Crown. Retrieved 22 July 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  32. ^ Vicky, Denton. "DWP funds auto-enrolment campaign in The Sun newspaper". Autoenrolment.info. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  33. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Start saving now for the later years". The Sun. London. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  34. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "Column: Jasmine Birtles". Pensions Week. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  35. ^ Jasmine, Birtles. "WHY DON'T WE HAVE PROPER FINANCIAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS….STILL!?". www.moneymagpie.com. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  36. ^ Property, Easier. "Persimmon & Jasmine Birtles offer help to first time buyers". http://www.easier.com/. Easier Inc. Retrieved 25 July 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  37. ^ Birtles, Jasmine. "Home ownership discussion". Channel 4. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 

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