Women’s Power Wednesday


More than I bargained for

This is the last Wednesday in March, so it will be my last Women’s Power Wednesday post. When I originally thought about doing this in February, I was excited about the thought of highlighting women who inspire and educate me on a regular basis. What I have found, though, is this experience has meant a great deal more to me. As I visited other blogger’s WPW posts, I loved reading what they had to say about other women who inspired them, but what I loved more were the comments from the women who were highlighted. Often times we do not tell people how much they mean to us, and I think it is important to share that and let other’s know. I want to thank every blogger who joined in on the fun this month, Budget Blonde, Broke Millennial, Club Thrifty, Commonsense Millennial,  Escaping Dodge, The Frugal Farmer, Girl Meets Debt, The Heavy Purse, Making Sense of Cents, The Broke and Beautiful Life and hope that you had as much fun as I did when you participated in Women’s Power Wednesday. I am also excited that as a result of what other bloggers had to say, I have now found some new favorites like Eyes on the Dollar, Careful Cents, Journey to Saving, Student Debt Survivor and Unique Gifter.

Positive Thinking Power Edition

So for my last week, I am highlighting bloggers who always seem to have a positive message of hope on their blogs. When I go to their sites, I know that I am in for a treat and something fun.

Girl Meets Debt


Why I love Wendy a.k.a “Girl”

Wendy has become an “accidental” voice in the personal finance blog space. She racked up some personal debt as well as student loan debt and thanks to some inspiration from her blogging boyfriend (now fiancé) she started to blog about her journey to combat her debt. Because she is not an “expert” she finds fun and unique ways to communicate great messages on managing your money and making different choices.

Top 3 Blogs

  1. Everyone has great tips for new bloggers, but I really loved Wendy’s 5 Best Tips for New Bloggers post.
  2. When Wendy wrote “I’m the Girl with the champagne taste on a beer budget and I’m not afraid to admit it” in her post Oh You Fancy Huh? I knew I wanted to be friends with her.
  3. I loved Wendy’s comparison of Cheap vs. Frugal, it was hysterical.

The Broke and Beautiful Life


Why I love Stefanie

First of all, Stefanie is one of the few bloggers I have met in person and the “beautiful” part of her blog title totally applies. Stefanie is an aspiring actress and frugal minded woman living in New York. As someone who once acted in high school and loves the theater, I love reading about her work and the progress she is making as she works to achieve her dream.

Top 3 Blogs

  1. Just like Wendy, Stefanie is an “unorthodox” personal finance blogger and because of that, she is not afraid to dive into interesting “money” topics like Sex, Drugs and Money.
  2. Like Stefanie, I am focused on saving money on the little things, and even though she may get “haters” over her taco avoidance, she is not afraid to admit it.
  3. In her post, The Danger of Doing What You Love, she shared the challenges of working in an industry that doesn’t always “reward” you as you would like financially.

Escaping Dodge


Why I love Ree

Ree had a previous life in financial services, and thought that there may be “enough” voices in the personal finance space, but what she learned, and I know is that there are always room for many voices and perspectives, especially where personal finance is concerned. Ree has a different perspective as someone who has achieved a number of her financial goals and it is inspiring to see how she did it.

Top 3 Blogs

  1. Ree recently “went there” and shared her net worth with the blogosphere. It is an incredibly personal topic to share, but again, her success only acts as an inspiration to others.
  2. Around the Super Bowl, Ree shared many similarities in understanding football to understanding personal finance.
  3. Your money is valuable to you, and Ree shared why you should think of your money as a valuable employee.

Do you follow these women? If so, why? If not, you should!

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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.

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