Paying off Debt Through Side Hustling Replay

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Paying off Debt Through Side Hustling Replay

While I am enjoying a few weeks of vacation, I hope you enjoy this replay of one of my favorite podcasts with one of my favorite people, Melanie from Dear Debt.

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:

What are we drinking?

Chai Martini

  • 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
Podcast Notes:

Melanie 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.

Random Three

Melanie answered my random three questions which were:

  1. What movie makes you cry every time you watch it?
  2. If you got a plane ticket anywhere, where would you go?
  3. Are you a dessert or an appetizer person?

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 Do you have any side hustles? What’s your favorite way to earn extra income?
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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. Photography is not just a side hustle but also a hobby. It feels great that I can make some money out of my hobby, which is ideal because it feels like I am not working. Nice podcast Shannon. By the way, my wife also cried in that movie Melanie answered.

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