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About the Writer

Jenny Smedra is an avid world traveler, ESL teacher, former archaeologist, and freelance writer. Choosing a life abroad had strengthened her commitment to finding ways to bring people together across language and cultural barriers. While most of her time is dedicated to working with children, she also enjoys good friends, good food, and new adventures.


Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.


Destiny Copeland

Destiny Copeland is a songwriter, poet, and all-around storyteller. She loves writing about travel, personal finance, music, food, and mental health. In her spare time, Destiny loves to watch the sunset, read, and play her ukulele.




Vanessa Bermudez

Vanessa Bermudez is a content writer with over eight years of experience crafting compelling content across a diverse range of niches. Throughout her career, she has tackled an array of subjects, from technology and finance to entertainment and lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She’s also a proud fur mom to four gentle giant dogs.


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This website is now part of the District Media, Inc portfolio. Originally founded in the District of Columbia in 2007, District Media, Inc is an independent woman and veteran owned media company. With an audience of over 10 million visitors, our content appears on Google News, MSN, and other channels. Our objective is to deliver high-quality personal finance news, advice, and other related topics that inform, empower, educate and entertain the public. We provide this information free of charge through our portfolio of 15 different personal finance websites, with all operating expenses paid through advertising.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the articles are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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