016: Question Everything About Your Money and Lifestyle with Millennial Money Expert Stefanie O’Connell

Stefanie OConnell Broke and Beautiful LifeStefanie O’Connell is a millennial money expert, speaker, and author of the book, The Broke and Beautiful Life. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SUCCESS, The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, and ABC World News.

You may have read about Stefanie on PTMoney.com. She was kind enough to share her story of surviving and thriving financially on an actress's salary living in NYC. It’s a great read.

In this episode, you’ll learn the importance of questioning everything about your money, the things Stefanie did to make it in NYC on a low salary, how she has kept debt out of her life, how she invests, grows her business, and more. It’s a very inspiring episode.

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Show Notes

0:00 – How Stefanie questions everything about her money.
5:45 – How she went from “just getting by” to getting ahead.
9:15 – Stefanie’s first big goal.
11:30 – The financial thing that she still struggles with.
14:45 – The investing approach Stefanie took early on.
17:45 – Making the transition from multiple jobs to a self-employed freelance writer.
22:30 – Stefanie’s future financial goals.
23:45 – Her business portfolio.
25:15 – Her choices for health insurance and saving for retirement as a business owner.
28:00 – The tools and services Stefanie uses.
30:30 – Looking back on the journey.

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  1. It’s awe-inspiring if you thrive on a low-pay job and yet manage to steer clear of debt. Residing in NYC and saving a portion of your income may seem quite an uphill task. People like Stefanie O’Connell are a real source of inspiration for those who’re residing in debt-stricken countries.