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I was reading online a transcript of a conversation Alison Hammond had with Keir Starmer on This Morning where they were discussing a money making venture which apparently anyone can do.

Alison Hammond: "It's easy for you to give out advice! And I have to suffer every day at work to feed my family. And you know what? I'm always short of money anyway".

I was so amazed by this statement considering she is the face of so many shows on TV so I looked up her worth and found this:

As of 2023, Alison is said to be worth between £1-4million which is largely due to her TV career.

Her main source of income is her This Morning contract and her job as GBBO co-host will also be lucrative.

Must be awful being so poverty stricken.

Lynibis
4 days ago
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MrsCraig

She might be terrible with money though. She might have loads of debt that she has to pay off. Her money might be tied up in her house.

Still I guarantee she has more money than us and doesn't struggle the way we do.

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Lynibis

MrsCraig I just saw this:

How much is Alison Hammond paid for This Morning?

After stepping up and taking a more senior presenting role on This Morning, she is allegedly paid £600,000 a year.

I really don't think she should be 'always short of money'

She has been well known for many years now and if she is bad with money or in debt she really shouldn't complain when most of the population don't earn even 10% of that.

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MrsCraig

Lynibis she definitely has more money than most of us. I wouldn't mind her wage! I think celebrities do it to seem more accessible and make people think they ate just like the average person.

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Lynibis

MrsCraig very true.

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Leannexxx

It could be she's means before she had money? Or she's very bad with money lol you know what I hate the celebrities doing charity ads and I think do they give money themselves

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Lynibis

Leannexxx as far as I know she has one teenage son. She has a new boyfriend so hopefully he pays his way.

PS I agree, it doesn't sit well when rich people plead with poor people to donate money. But you are right many of them are generous, especially Keanu Reeves.

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Leannexxx

Lynibis yes she's got a young man from what I've seen

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Lynibis

Leannexxx I think it is a big age gap and if he is an average Joe it is difficult not to think 'what attracted you to the older millionaire '

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Leannexxx

Lynibis I know what you mean how it probably comes around she's made it clear she wants to find someone so I think some would try take advantage of her

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eyeballkerry

A lot of these so called celebrities have no idea about money management, take Katie Price for example. So many become bankrupt because they spend as they earn and don’t think about the future. Many do not even pay into a pension.

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Lynibis

eyeballkerry you are so right, trying to keep up with their celeb friends too.

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BonzoBanana

I've seen people with £60-80k wages who don't live that well because they waste huge amounts of money and the taxman takes a larger chunk of their wages. Mortgages can be such a huge amount of people's wages so someone who has bought a 4 bedroom house can have a huge chunk of their money gone and the same for people who rent nice houses. I get the fact that someone on a sub £100k wage could struggle with money but at £600k a year plus other income I really can't see it but again you'd have to look at the full details of how they spend their money.

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Lynibis

BonzoBanana yes it has to be kept in mind that she and many others get dosh from adverts, books they churn out, guest appearances etc. A friend's son is an opera singer and knows the guy on the insurance ads (compare site or other) and even years ago when he started he was getting 80k per year. Not so huge now of course, but we all gasped.

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JLouM

Not celebrities but I know someone who used to say they never had any money. They earned a fair wage and just spent it all on material stuff, holidays, etc. It was just because they spent it! Up to them how they spend but that’s why. I don’t have anywhere near what they have/had.

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Lynibis

JLouM There has been a lot on TV lately about couples and whether they should share or have solo bank accounts. Again, the answer is extremely simple......both. Having worked out how much you need to keep the home going, halve it and each put that amount into the joint account from which all bills/food are paid. The rest stays in your own account for you own spending. If one earns a lot more than the other (and if it is a love match) one would hope the high earner may put in a bit extra or treat the low earner when it comes to takeaways, holidays etc.

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EmmaWright762

Having put themselves on a pedestal by having more money than others in society the fear of losing it all and being just like everyone else might terrify them. However it would probably do them the world of good to see life from a different perspective.

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jms19

I mean the sentiment is correct but it does come across as disingenuous from celebrities. The problem with that is it actually detracts from the issue.

She would have been better just highlighting people’s problems whilst not talking about herself as she is clearly a lot better off than most people, the fact she is bad with money is irrelevant

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Lynibis

jms19 couldn't have put it better myself.

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eyeballkerry

I wouldn’t call Rishi Sunak a celebrity but what he came out about having no sky tv is hilarious. He said his family didn’t have much money and what they did have went on education. Lucky him, I had free education.

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Imnotcheap

Ridiculous she has no idea about living on minimum wage. It would be fun to see her try

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Pjran

She obviously needs me to sort her spending out. It’s ridiculous that some can’t manage their own finances!

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Lynibis

Pjran both my boys are always trying to give me money, even slipping it in my coat pocket or handbag, as they cannot understand how I manage on so much less than them. They do not spend over their income but they are both lucky enough to have good jobs and can afford to live a good but not wealthy lifestyle.

I have taught them my way of doing it which is so simple that many reading this will say, 'duh, we don't need to be told that, it's obvious.'

I write down total monthly income and deduct every single bill and average cost of groceries. What remains I divide into 4/5 equal amounts and do not spend more than that in any given week no matter what, hence same amount at end of month as at the beginning. I also do this on holiday, divide my spends into a daily amount so I never run out by the last day.

What about emergencies I hear members say. Well even doing above I am able to save quite a bit each month and have enough to cover my funeral and more. If I have to dip into it, it will not take long to make it up again.

My take home has never in my life been more than £1500pm but I have paid my mortgage, I run an economical car and do not go without.

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Pjran

Lynibis you need to come with me and teach Alison basic money skills. My father was bad with money so I was determined not to be like that.

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chele44

Sometimes I think it’s a matter of perception, when I say I’m broke it’s cause I’ve only enough to live on, get odds and ends of shopping, bread, milk etc till my next pay whereas for celebrities it could be having less than £10 grand in their bank account. I find everybody’s broke means something different

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