On the Road to Financial Wellness Blogger Stories Part 1

On the Road to Financial Wellness: Blogger Stories Part 1

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We asked personal finance blogger friends to write about financial wellness. We received over 40 submissions for our 2016 blog tour. I’m very excited to share their stories with you.

You may recognize many of these bloggers from last year’s financial wellness blogger series. What you’ll find are additional compelling stories. When it comes to money we all have more than just one story. There’s always plenty to share about the trials and tribulations along with the successes and highlights.

The goal of the blog tour is to amplify the message of financial wellness through the powerful storytelling of so many amazing people.

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Jackie of Cheapsters wrote:

“When you freelance you get paid for the value you bring, not the time you put in. Conversely, you can see the clear exchange between your time and money. Oftentimes I consider whether it’s more valuable to me to get paid X amount of money to write an article or keep that time to myself, whether to go on a hike, spend time with my friends, work on my fiction, or just lollygag!”

Read more about her story of freelancing to freedom on Cheapsters.org.

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Steven of Even Steven Money wrote:

“Financial Empowerment.  When I first came across these 2 words, they didn’t really mean much to me.  Over time they meant a little more.  It all started with a budget and knowing where my money was going.  That made me feel empowered.  Then I sold my car and next paid off my credit cards, which made me feel in control.”

Read more about his change in mindset and letting go of debt.

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Lindsay of Notorious Debt wrote:

“This is what financial empowerment means to me. It means not giving up and resigning myself to a life of crappy apartments, TV, and Cheetos. It means taking an active role in changing how I spend money, instead of being a passive spender, subject to whatever whims my brain has when I wake up that day. It a way that makes it possible for me to afford the things I really want.”

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Sarah of High Fiving Dollars wrote:

For me, that was the moment I realized that financial wellness doesn’t mean just having a lot of money in the bank. It means that the money is there as a tool so I can use it to further my happiness.

Read more about how she quit her job.

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Melanie of Dear Debt wrote:

You know we talk a lot about our physical health and conversations around mental health are starting to take place. But many people still don’t talk about their financial health. Money is the last taboo. When things are out of balance with your finances, everything else is affected.

Read the 5 tips to get financial well.

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Amanda from Dream Beyond Debt wrote:

Let me stop here to say this: I’m not great at asking for help. It took a lot of courage for me to even ask to borrow stuff. That in itself felt pretty triumphant. So did start the work alone. I didn’t want to borrow tools and have them collect dust in my garage. I wanted to get them back to their owners in a timely manner, which made me start ASAP. As of this post, I have half the patio site cleared. But, I have not bought one paver yet.

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Mortimer from Mortimer’s Money Machine wrote:

About a year ago, I started learning about money. Not in the sense of how to get rich, or even the fastest way out of debt — although that interested me greatly — but what was the purpose of it? We exchange money every day. It’s how we buy apples, jeans, and a place to call home. But why are we working so hard to earn money, instead of, say, . . . happiness? The impetus for these thoughts was my recent law school diploma and a new job — the best job I could have hoped to get coming out of law school. And yet as I sat behind my desk and learned how to work with a secretary, a latent sinking feeling developed.

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Gary from Super Savings Tips wrote:

Back then, my 25-year marriage had just ended, my divorce became final and I was at my low point in every part of my life from job to family and of course, my financial condition. After a divorce, the division of assets doesn’t leave two halves but rather a pretty big financial hole which means a lot less for everyone involved. You can do one of two things it seems. Either you can wallow in self-pity and think you’re destined to be in that mess forever or you can decide that you can do something about your problems and start to find ways that you can take control again of your financial well-being. It may not be simple and easy, but it can be done.

Read how a budget can help you pick up the pieces.

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Heather from Simple Save wrote:

I started out 2015 by taking a risk. I took a pay cut and left a secure job in a good field to go after my dream job in an entirely different field. It was a calculated risk: I was almost debt-free and had a good amount of emergency savings. I did my research and was certain that this career was what I wanted.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. Six months later, in the summer of 2015, I found myself unemployed.

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Athena from Money Smart Latina wrote:

Since starting my financial journey, and blogging in some shape or form over the years, I’ve had highs and lows. I’ve had thousands stashed away and sometimes, I was living paycheck to paycheck. Although I think I have a grasp on things now, I feel like I never know what’s around the corner, and that is me being brutally honest with you. At any time, you could lose your job, get in a car crash or have a close family member die unexpectedly. And I can tell you these things happen because they have all happened to me and set me back financially, emotionally and physically.

Read on how you can prepare for life’s curveballs.

You can read the entire on financial wellness blogger series:

On the Road Series Part 2

On the Road Series Part 3

On the Road Series Part 4

On the Road Series Part 5

What’s your financial story? Comment below. I’d be interested in reading them.


  1. Financial wellness is the safety blanket as you wake up every morning that tells you no matter what financial emergency gets thrown upon you that day or every day going forward, you can handle it because you are in control of your finances. Your money is working for you. Financial knowledge is powerful, it's learning to use other people's money for your benefit, whether it's that 0% credit card for 21 months because your credit is excellent or the dividends & interest you're constantly earning on your investments because you chose to save and not spend. Financial empowerment speaks of your priorities and values.

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