FinanceSpiration – Until Last Year, I Hated Money!

January 18, 2007

The newest entry in the FinanceSpiration Challenge is from Courtney. Not long ago she was a stranger to personal finance. Thanks to the different sites she describes below Courtney’s been inspired to take charge of her money in a way that meshes with her life. Thanks for sharing Courtney!

Until last year, I hated money. I hated spending it and I didn’t much like making it either. I started browsing the internet for financial advice after opening a 403b, which is when I realized that making and saving money now meant that I wouldn’t have to worry about it and hate it for my entire life.

I credit my intro to financial self-eduction to the humorous and informative columns of the “Ladies in Red” on MSN. They led me to the fun of playing “The Grocery Game”, and browsing their message boards to find useful shopping advice from a lot of savvy young mommys (which I happily am not) who seem to have a lot of time on their hands to find awesome deals.

Since then I’ve been steadily expanding my personal finance research, and I have the “Money Dummy” to thank for introducing me to other methods of saving on groceries like the Grocery Guide.

Now I strive to find financial advice in harmony with simple and more sustainable living, which is abundant on the humble Dollar Stretcher (this also led me to find the internet-unfriendly, but nonetheless worthy Amy Dacszyn and her Tightwad Gazette series).

I also always enjoy sticking it to the man, so I’ve come to frequent The Consumerist and even though those craigslist ads about making 6k a month working from home sound enticing, I am a realist, so I also enjoy the “Get Rich Slowly” blog. I’m so grateful to all those in the personal finance blog community for sharing their wonderful experience and knowledge!

Vote for Courtney to win a financial consultation from Beacon Financial Advisors by leaving her a comment about her story and check out the other entries here. Stay tuned for contest developments by subscribing to my feed.


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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3 Responses to FinanceSpiration – Until Last Year, I Hated Money!

  • DEBTective

    That’s a big-time story, baby. I love the waking-up-and-smelling-the-coffee deal when someone starts to understand how the dough really works, and how debt doesn’t. Thanks for spreading the word!

  • Karyn

    I too love the Women in Red. There is nothing better than to know that there are people out there who have the same struggles as you, and who can fully appreciate small financial successes!


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