Using your money with purpose

My 5-week adventure to Africa (and how I snagged a $135 round trip ticket)

I’m heading to Africa for a five-week adventure. The best part? I’m flying there for under $200 :) Here’s how I did it.

Every time I try to break up with my bank

Every time I try to break up with my bank, this happens

It’s just impossible to break up with my bank. It’s a terrible relationship. But I have too much invested and it’s too easy to stay. Do you feel the same?

crush your debt comics

Defeat Your Debt Monster with the Crush Your Debt Comics

It’s here! The comics are here! I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Crush your Debt Comics This has been months in the making, and I now have over 20 comic panels of a blonde girl in green tights battling an evil green monster. These comics chronicle the heroic journey of an indebted [...]

self worth vs net worth

My $1,325.70 overdraft: a lesson in self worth vs net worth

I overdrew my bank account by $1,325.70. And that’s when my battle of self worth vs net worth began.

How I Bought My Freedom for $25 a Week

I’m working at my laptop in a coffee shop just outside of Seattle. I have a chamomile tea next to my stack of notebooks, and I’m looking out at the sunset and the drizzle of rain. It’s 5:30 and I have about 2 hours of work left to do, but I don’t mind. That’s the [...]

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How I paid off $34,579 in student loans in under 4 years

Want to be debt free like me? Here are the 5 strategies that helped me pay off $34,579 in student loans in under four years.


Help The Empowered Dollar win funniest money blog on the planet!

Last year, I went to FinCon – an amazing 3-day conference where us personal finance bloggers go to nerd-out and say hi to each other. And I was incredibly honored and humbled to win the award for Best New Personal Finance Blog As evident by my ridiculous grin below, it was a huge moment for me. [...]

Don't over spend on your credit card

Introducing Float – A new way to borrow money interest-free when you need it

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I don’t normally do these kinds of posts, but I’m a big fan of Float and I’ve been working with them over the last few months to help them come up with branding strategy for their product. Oh, and I get to draw cartoons for them too Think back [...]

asking for a raise

I negotiated a $13,000 salary increase (and all it took was $20 and 4 hours of prep)

When I got my first job offer out of college, I said yes. Yes to the job, yes to the salary, yes to the benefits. No questions asked. Sure, it would’ve been nice to have been offered a higher salary, but $48,000 a year felt livable. Plus I knew that it was my first “real” job, [...]

Does money matter when dating? I guess it just depends on how hungry your debt monster is...

Does money matter when dating? 9 experts weigh in and the Debt Monster eats my purse

Does money matter when dating? Nine experts weigh in and whether or not dollars matter when dating. (Plus a cartoon about a Debt Monster eating a purse)