Jen Smith

Jen Smith, Personal Finance Expert and Writer at DollarSproutFeatured Contributor

Jen became passionate (borderline obsessed) with encouraging others to take control of their spending and get their finances under control after Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in 23 months.

Since getting out of debt Jen has become a best selling author on Amazon, and her writing has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also written for The Penny Hoarder, The Financial Diet, and MarketWatch. She’s also been nominated for best new personal finance podcasts as co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast.

When Jen isn’t behind her computer she’s a new mom trying to figure out the whole parenting thing.

To learn more, connect with Jen on LinkedIn.

How One Woman Turned Her Financial Crisis Into a Successful Business

No matter what your salary is, you can still fall into the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle. But there are lessons you can learn from others’ mistakes that might prevent you from falling into a similar situation. This woman shares her story in detail.

Jen Smith 18 Mar

How to Get Your Spouse on Board with Paying Off Debt

Getting out of debt is hard, but it can be even harder when your spouse isn’t working with you. If you want to get your partner on board with paying off debt, there are several ways to approach the conversation to make it productive.

Jen Smith 12 Mar

40 of the Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Moms are some of the most selfless people on the planet. If you’re trying to find Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your life, there are plenty of great ideas for moms with every personality, life stage, and price range.

Jen Smith 02 Mar

How This Couple Paid Off $20,000 in Debt After Losing Their Jobs

Everything was going right for Kyle and Adrian Hildebrand. Until Adrian unexpectedly lost her job. Then several months later, her husband was laid off. Here’s the story of how these layoffs inspired them to pay off their debt, even with a low income.

Jen Smith 13 Feb

How to Get Started with Real Estate Investing for Beginners

Real estate investing can be a great way to build passive income, achieve financial independence, or just bring in some extra income every month. Here are the steps you need to go from complete beginner to purchasing your first investment property.

Jen Smith 11 Feb

11 Best Real Estate Investing Books for 2020

Reading the best real estate investing books is like having coffee with the greatest minds in the industry — for free. With this list of must-reads, you can learn from successful entrepreneurs, multi-millionaires, and brilliant teachers without ever leaving your bedroom.

Jen Smith 31 Jan

11 Cheap Vacation Ideas for Traveling on a Budget

Deciding where to spend your hard-earned dollars and how to use those coveted vacation days is no light matter. If you’re traveling on a budget, these cheap vacation ideas are fun, simple, and best of all, affordable.

Jen Smith 26 Jan

15 Budget Tips to Track Your Money The Right Way

Making a budget isn’t hard at all, but sticking to it is easier said than done. You can make the most comprehensive budget spreadsheet and plan the perfect month of spending, but if you can’t follow through then you’re not going to get anywhere.

Jen Smith 13 Jan

11 Best Personal Finance Podcasts to Help You Manage Your Money

In order to cut down on your search time for the best personal finance podcasts, we’ve compiled a list of the top twelve for different interests so that you’ll find helpful information no matter where you’re starting from.

Jen Smith 09 Jan

Need Help Paying Bills? Here’s What You Can Do to Get Assistance Now

If you need help paying bills ASAP, there are organizations to help you get through a number of rough patches and back on your feet again. Ignoring calls and avoiding the mailbox isn’t a solution, it just makes the problem worse.

Jen Smith 09 Jan