He won viewers' hearts when he appeared on University Challenge, but now Bobby Seagull has turned his attention to helping the nation manage their money better.

The Cambridge University maths student, from Newham in London, appeared on the cult TV show earlier this year and was inundated with marriage proposals after facing the equally popular Eric Monkman in the semi-final.

Now, Seagull has been snapped up by the Open University Business School to front a new course that aims to stop people feeling 'scared' of numbers.

As well as being an avid West Ham fan, Bobby is also incredibly passionate about maths – so much so that he is studying a PhD in Arithmophobia, the fear of numbers or arithmetic. 

From practical tips like making a packed lunch rather than spending at Pret a Manger or Greggs, to introducing an annual 'MOT' to assess the health of your finances, Bobby shares his top ten tips for savvy saving exclusively with Femail.

Maths buff Bobby Seagull (pictured here on the hit BBC quiz show) has been snapped up by the Open University to front a new course that aims to stop people feeling scared of numbers

Maths buff Bobby Seagull (pictured here on the hit BBC quiz show) has been snapped up by the Open University to front a new course that aims to stop people feeling scared of numbers

Maths buff Bobby Seagull (pictured here on the hit BBC quiz show) has been snapped up by the Open University to front a new course that aims to stop people feeling scared of numbers

Bobby Seagull's money-saving tips 

1. Be prepared

Rainy days are all too frequent when it comes to money. In an ideal world you would have three to six months' salary saved but that’s a tall order for some people. At minimum, a pot of £1,000 will help to abate financial ruin for something as simple as a broken down car or washing machine.

2. Keep track of every single penny

If sounds obvious but budgets are the lifeblood of healthy personal finance. Simply put, it’s a shopping list for your finances. If you don’t know what’s coming in and going out, how do you know if you can afford the holiday, shoes or handbag?

3. Don't leave saving to chance

Our memory can fail when it comes to transferring money to a savings account each month. Direct debits are key, if you set one up to transfer money into your savings account on the day you get paid it will stop you spending this money on other things.

4. Plan for the future – and start now!

Old age may seem like a long way off if you’re in your thirties, but the longer you leave it the more you’ll have to save for your retirement. 

If you start at 30 you need to save 21 per cent of your salary in order to enjoy an income of half your current salary when you retire. If you wait until you’re 50, this goes up to 50 per cent of your monthly income.

5. Communicate with your bank

If you think you’re going to clean out your current account next month the best thing you can do is tell your bank. Authorised overdrafts can cost around £1 a day compared to £6 a day for unauthorised overdrafts. 

6. Skip the daily coffee 

If you ‘grab a quick coffee on the way to work’ this is a sure fire way to burn a hole in your budget on non-essential spending. The reality is, this daily debt of £2.95 on the way to work which adds up to £708 a year. Why not just wait and make one when you get there?

7. Pret is off the menu, too  

If you pack one thing on your way to work, make sure it’s your lunch! Health benefits aside, the cost implications are pretty staggering. Research shows people spend up to £8 every day on lunch, that’s a total of £1,920 a year.

8. Gym membership: If you don’t use it, lose it

There are many ways to exercise and with the average gym membership costing around £600 a year – that’s a lot of money for something you don’t use. Running, cycling, walking are all free outside of initial set up costs. They’ll also get you out in fresh air with a free dose of that all important Vitamin D thrown in too.

9. Don’t hit the bottle, the tap is free! 

Last year alone we consumed 2,616 million litres of bottled water costing £2.4 billion.

10. Give yourself a financial MOT at least twice a year

Book out some time in your diary to look at all of your financial products and make sure you’re not paying more than you should. You could save thousands of pounds in less than an hour. Certainly time well spent and I’m sure you can find something much more exciting to use this money for.

Overnight fame: The Cambridge student appeared on the cult TV show earlier this year and was inundated with marriage proposals after facing Eric Monkman in the semi-final

Overnight fame: The Cambridge student appeared on the cult TV show earlier this year and was inundated with marriage proposals after facing Eric Monkman in the semi-final

Overnight fame: The Cambridge student appeared on the cult TV show earlier this year and was inundated with marriage proposals after facing Eric Monkman in the semi-final

Firm friends: They made the nation's head spin with their vast knowledge of specialist subjects and now University Challenge's most memorable contestants have their own radio show

Firm friends: They made the nation's head spin with their vast knowledge of specialist subjects and now University Challenge's most memorable contestants have their own radio show

Firm friends: They made the nation's head spin with their vast knowledge of specialist subjects and now University Challenge's most memorable contestants have their own radio show

According to a study by the Open University, 18-year-olds are struggling with their savings, with just over 100,000 in debt and the reason for this is because of a genuine phobia and lack of understanding.  

Bobby says that he feels people leave education without the knowledge they need to make informed financial decisions. 

Despite Bobby and Eric going head to head as rivals during the semi finals of University challenge, the pair are now great friends and even business partners.

They have recently released a book titled 'The Monkman and Seagull Quiz Book', of which Stephen Fry and Louis Theroux are fans. 

With such a strong love for mathematics and a keenness to teach others, Bobby currently works as a primary school teacher.  

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