Martinis and Your Money – Debt Repayment and Side Hustling
In this third episode of my podcast, Martinis and Your Money – Living a Better Life One Cocktail at a Time, I talk to my friend, Melanie Lockhert, who is a freelance writer and blogs at Dear Debt. I have been following Melanie’s blog for a while now, and finally met her in person when we both attended FinCon in September. I am inspired by Melanie’s story and I hope you will be as well.
We begin the podcast with a discussion of the martini that we are drinking which is the Chai Martini. I had never even heard of it, but it’s modeled after a drink that Melanie had a while back. If you would like to make one yourself, here is the recipe:
- 2 oz of Vodka (I prefer vanilla vodka for this recipe)
- 2 oz of Chai Tea Mix (You can find this in a box at most stores or Starbucks)
- 1 oz of Almond Milk
Melanie then shared her debt repayment journey, which is as unique as she is. In total, she racked up $81,000 in debt and is now down to $35,000. She has paid all of this off while earning very meager incomes and at one point, she was even making so little that she qualified for food stamps.
Melanie has been able to make her debt repayment goals because she is a big fan of side hustling. She discussed what side hustling is for those who may not be aware and share some really funny stories about some of the wackier things she has done like working an overnight rave.
Melanie answered my random three questions which were:
- What movie makes you cry every time you watch it?
- If you got a plane ticket anywhere, where would you go?
- Are you a dessert or an appetizer person?