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Tiffany The Budgetnista On How She Gets Good With Money

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Apr. 9 2021, Published 4:00 a.m. ET

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She’s helped over 1 million women save, manage, and pay off millions of dollars of debt, and that’s before writing her new book, Get Good With Money.

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is known as America’s favorite personal financial educator. She is the powerhouse dedicated to making life-changing financial education accessible to women worldwide through her many endeavors including the Live Richer Movement and her books. 

Ahead of her new book’s release, Tiffany joined Her Agenda and For(bes) the Culture National Book Club, Culture Reads, for a virtual book reading of Get Good With Money.

Starting with excerpts from chapter one, the virtual reading kicked off with an introduction to transforming our mindset. In the chapter, there are five exercises to get your mind ready to receive and maintain the new lessons you’re about to learn in the book. The overall takeaway, “be a paper towel person” when it comes to finances.

The conversation was filled with inspiration and actionable advice; an experience that motivated all in attendance to do the work required to get good with money. 

Here are a few moments from the conversation and subsequent Q&A session:

On her favorite part of the book:

I would say probably my favorite part of the book is right in the beginning, because I give you guys my story of kind of how I became ‘The Budgetnista’ and how someone who was a friend of mine basically robbed me of thirty five thousand dollars and how it just started a cycle of financial decline, because I think a lot of financial folks, you know, they don’t share the ugly. And I wanted to share how did I come to this place?

Tiffany on her biggest financial lesson:

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I had to learn to forgive myself. Because what you’ll find is that most people are stuck in this negative financial loop because of shame, and the problem about shame is that shame is a liar. Shame will not say, hey, Dominique, you made a mistake. Shame, says Dominique, you are a mistake. And shame thrives in shadow, it thrives in silence, it thrives in you keeping it to yourself that the only way, the only antidote to shame is voice saying the thing that you are ashamed to say.

On tapping other financial experts to be a part of her book:

I believe that we work best in community. And it’s important that you have a roundtable of people that you lean into.

If you would like to access the conversation in its entirety, and more exclusive Her Agenda content, become a Her Agenda INSIDER today!

Tiffany on the importance of sharing her story with Black women:

Although the book is not just for Black women, it’s really for all women. You know, Black women especially have just a special place in my heart because I am a Black woman. I came from a Black woman. My sisters are Black women. And I think it’s important that we see each other, we uplift each other.

On legacy she envisions for Get Good With Money:

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I want like 10 years from now it becomes the book that you give to people. I would love that Get Good With Money is the go to book when people are really going through transition with their finances, whether it’s college graduation or preparing for retirement. I want this [book] to be your constant companion. And the way that it’s written is that it grows with you and that it hits differently depending on where you are. I was very conscious with that. And so that’s what I would love to see— that your first reaction when someone is transitioning and it includes a financial transition, is that you go on and buy Get Good With Money for them because you know they need it.

To access the full virtual reading and more exclusive Her Agenda content, become a HER AGENDA INSIDER. Check out Tiffany’s book, Get Good With Money at getgoodwithmoney.com. You can also find Tiffany on Instagram @thebudgetnista.

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By: Dominique Johnson-Lindsay

Dominique Johnson-Lindsay is Digital Community Manager at Her Agenda, focused on furthering the mission by bringing ambitious women together through meaningful programming and building bonds with one another. Beyond her role, Dominique is an award-winning multihyphenate marketer and business owner based in Birmingham, Alabama. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) graduate and digital marketing enthusiast loves marketing technology, community-building and mentoring the next generation of marketers.

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