My Interview on The List TV

    Earlier this month, I got to do a Skype interview with the producers of The List TV.  We talked about three ways to save money and pay off debt.  Of course, one way is by doing a Spending Fast.  Another thing we talked about is how important it is to have a support system while on your debt…


The List TV!

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Today, February 12th I’ll be on The List TV show! Be sure to check it out! You can find out when it will air for you by going to Thanks for your continued support and for sharing in the excitement with me! xo Anna


Good Morning America!

The other week, a film crew from Good Morning America came to my home to interview me for a segment on their show. I talked all about my book and the Spending Fast.  I also talked about our amazing Spending Faster community. It’s all been pretty exciting!  And it was so wild to see how they edited everything together! Did…


Happiness Is A Choice

Happiness is a choice |

“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in your life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” -Valerie Bertinelli Sometimes I get unnecessarily stressed about small things. Things that seem important, like paying my bills or what I’m going to eat for dinner. I often need to…


Life Is About Creating Yourself

Life is about creating yourself |

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw It sounds dreamy to talk about finding yourself while backpacking across Europe or spending a month in a cabin alone. But in reality, you aren’t going to become a world traveler unless you save up the money, buy the ticket, and make it happen. Life is about…


And Then I Trusted My Gut (Even More)…

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I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say for a while. How to start. If I should or shouldn’t do it… but I know, it’s time. This blog has been such a HUGE part of my life for so long. I started it with a crap ton of debt and a sliver of hope that life could be different. Since…


A Smart Way to Help You Get Out of Debt

A Smart Way to Help You Get Out of Debt |

  I am working with Marcus by Goldman Sachs® to help spread the word about Marcus loans. Most of you know my story… at the tail-end of 2009, I was suffocating from the weight of my debt. My debt weighed SO heavily on me that I really saw no way out. I envisioned myself as an old lady, brittle, wrinkled, and grey still struggling to…


Spending Fast Story: Small Steps to Becoming Debt Free

Spending Fast Story: Small Steps to Becoming Debt Free |

Hi, I’m Jess from Perth, Western Australia.  I had one big goal to complete this year as I was turning 30, and that was to become debt-free. In my 20s, I made stupid financial decisions that put me $27,000+ in debt. Last year, after finally having only $5,000 to go until my loan was paid off, I decided I would take steps to finally…


It’s What You See

It's what you see |

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau Your perception is everything. Maybe you, like me, don’t live in the nicest house in the nicest neighborhood. But when I look at my home, I see all the hard work that I’ve put into it. All the literal blood, sweat and tears. I see…

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Mandi’s Spending Fast Update: Traveling Back Home

Mandi's Spending Fast Update: Traveling Back Home |

The first month of my Spending Fast involved a few unexpected spending speed bumps. The second month of my Spending Fast involves going on vacation. You can see the trend that is evolving here…  The first three weeks of July, I was at home in the UK wrapping up the UK school year, which ends later than it does in the US. It involved working long…

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Best Lessons

Best Lessons |

“Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” -Dale Turner Don’t be ashamed of your mistakes. Wear them as a badge of honor. Be up front about them. It’s empowering to admit your mistakes. You’re growing and learning. It’s not shameful to…


Tackling Debt with a Spending Fast

Tackling Debt with a Spending Fast |

Six years ago, I shared here about my journey out of $35,000 in credit card debt. That journey did, and still does, feel momentous, but the thing about a journey is that there’s always another place to go.   In 2011, I was okay with student loan debt and a hefty mortgage, but now, after having two more kids, I am no longer content with the status…