POM003: How I Saved Over $10,000 On $23,000 Per Year


If you mismanage $10 then you’ll mismanage a million dollars. You’ve heard the advice before: it’s not the amount of money you have it’s what you do with it. Good financial management doesn’t change with the amount of money you have.

 

When I went to graduate school I had to truly put my personal finance knowledge to the test. I was on a stipend that was about $23,000 after taxes. While still traveling to Jamaica (twice), St. Croix USVI and around the U.S. I saved up over $10,000. I would always get questions from other graduate school friends asking me how I was doing this.

 

Well, you don’t have to do things like split toilet paper or participate in extreme frugal living in order to save more money and put money towards your financial goals.

 

In this episode I’m going to review some of the tips and techniques I used to save over $10,000 while earning a stipend of about $23,000 after taxes. This isn’t about extreme frugal practices or adopting a minimalist lifestyle. It’s how do you do it living on your own and handling your own bills day in and day out, while still enjoying life. 

 

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The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dennis Kimbro

 

 

 

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About Dr. Maria James

Dr. James, The Money Scientist, has expertise with designing income management, debt management, and wealth strategies to help you live your best life. She is the founder of Pocket of Money, LLC and the creator of The Wealth Protocol™. Dr. James has also been a guest financial expert on ESSENCE, WEAA, Madame Noire and more.

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