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Money Masters: The Broke & The Beautiful

  June 29, 2014  |    #Eliminate Debt

static1.squarespaceOur next Money Master is Stefanie O’Connell from New York City. We’ve grown fond of reading Stephanie’s blog because of her voice of contentment. It can’t be easy being content living in the heart of everything fashionable and popular in the world, but whether through sheer necessity or simple interest, Stefanie masters it.

Stefanie’s Stage Door Series is very interesting and something that resonates with many of us who are trying to get our career off the ground. Believe us, that’s not just millennials. Many of these stories are about actor’s side-gigs, such as yoga instructor, babysitter and even a vending machine cleaner. These stories provide interesting perspectives of people filling in the gaps until they reach their dreams. As tough as some of these jobs sound, the stories are inspiring.

Stefanie is, also, #MoneyConscious and does a series on spending consciously that covers personal care to car insurance expenses. Her post “Emotions and Money” is something to which many of our readers will relate. There is so much emotion wrapped up in money and feeling the need to have more or have what everyone else has.

static1.squarespaceSee Stefanie’s answers to our three Money Master’s questions below and look for the similarities and differences between her and our other Money Masters. You may notice a pattern or notice a distinct difference.

1. What’s your story?

I decided to pursue a career in musical theatre at the height of the recession- there’s nothing like a near impossible job market and frequent un- and under-employment to teach you the value of a dollar.

Even when I was “making it big” I knew the income wasn’t enough to sustain me in the long term, so I decided to start writing about my experience trying to reduce my cost of living and develop additional income streams.  It’s that writing that has now become my biggest income stream!

2. What’s your point of view, as a personal finance blogger?

My philosophy is that you can have it all on any budget.  You can live your dreams even with limited income if you’re willing to prioritize and cut back in other ways.

My goal is to initiate the discussion of money among as many people as possible, particularly young people, because the sooner we start planning your financial future, the better off we’ll all be.

3. In one sentence, what’s one piece of sage advice from your personal finance background that you’d like to share with our readers?

There’s always a more frugal alternative if you’re willing to take the time find it and exert the effort to implement it.

Stefanie O’Connell is a New York City based actress and freelance writer. She chronicles her struggle to “live the dream” on a starving artists’ budget at

Check out Stefanie’s blog and add her to your RSS feed or sign up for her newsletter. We think you will find her inspiration and advice valuable. If nothing else, Stefanie is well written and her blog is enjoyable to read.

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