The Financial Grownup Project is vlog that will form the foundation of a documentary featuring 100 Americans sharing their experiences and lessons about money. It is currently in production and scheduled for release in 2018. Net profits will be donated to support financial literacy projects for students. We are currently accepting nominations for role models!
Sarah Wilson, aka Budget Girl, first came to my attention when we were both guests on Gaby Dunn's podcast Bad with Money. But apparently I was late to the game. Her video's chronicling her very public journey to get out of debt have an almost cult-like following with serious engagement.
Something looked off on the CrowdRise page. There had to be some kind of technical error. She’s the First was at $20,000. But the other, much bigger, organizations- Unicef, Oxfam, Heifer and The Global FoodBanking Network, showed no donations. Huh?
Transperfect CEO Liz Elting was inspired as a teen by a woman she didn't know, and with whom she never had a meaningful conversation. Today, the glamorous and generous role model is on Forbes list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, with a net worth of $420 million. Learn more in her Financial Grownup Moment and Lesson.
When Carrie Kerpen opened her company, Likeable Media, her client list ramped up fast. So she started hiring. But then she had to pay up. And that's where things got tricky
Carrie Sheffield grew up dirt poor and found herself facing a huge financial decision when she received an unexpected inheritance. She listened to the advice of someone she trusted, and her lack of self education cost her more than you can imagine.
Blackfoot, Idaho teacher Melissa Hunt is teaching her 1st graders all about saving, and how a vase given to her when she was about their age, has helped her save for things that mattered to her- from toys as a young child, to wedding dresses for her daughters.
"As a long time yoga student I really wanted to learn more about the yoga practice and ultimately become a teacher. So I got my certification and I was able to start teaching right away. And the reason this is my financial grownup moment is because it became my side hustle. Something I was passionate about just like broadcast journalism."
"I was an options trader on the floor of the commodities exchange. I was trading derivatives: gold, silver and copper options and I made a whole bunch of money in one month and it was really great! Sort of. My dad was in my apartment soon after and he was looking at my profit and loss statement and he say hey- you had a great month! And I said, yeah, it was all right"
"When I was in college freshman year, lined up in front of my dorms were a bunch of companies giving out t-shirts, clock radio’s and bike locks. And I think a dictionary too believe it or not. And what they were really doing was getting you signed up for credit cards. And when the credit cards came in and I used them."
"A lot of people would say that it was irresponsible of us to just pick up and put our stuff in storage, and leave our families behind, and take a job on a yacht in the Caribbean- sight unseen. That seems like kind of a crazy decision. But to me, it has been the most financially responsible decision I have made in my young adult life."