You want to leave your job, but you have nothing saved, so you can’t. You want to move, but you’re in massive debt, so you can’t. You want to travel, but you’re flat broke, so you can’t. Most of us hate money because it hurts more than it helps.
manage your money

Brokepedia launched in 2014 as a frugal living blog but it’s grown into a platform of over 5,000 subscribers who get weekly(ish) updates on all things personal finance: how to manage your money, make more of it, and learn to see it for what it really is: a tool.

Most people get personal finance wrong. At its core, personal finance has nothing to do with money. It’s about learning to use money so that it works for you, instead of the other way around. This means being able to:

  • Accomplish Your Goals: Not letting money hold you back and keep you from doing fun, fulfilling things with your life.
  • Support Your Values: Learning to use money in a way that supports the things that matter to you most, whether it’s the freedom to travel, security in retirement, or hell, just some nice shoes.
  • Focus on Stuff That Matters: Building financial security and financial independence, because security and independence mean you don’t have to worry about money.

In other words, this site is all about showing money who’s boss so you can live life according to YOU. If that sounds good to you, you should stay a while.

I’m Kristin Wong, a personal finance writer and journalist who launched this site in 2014. It’s since been featured on Kiplinger, American Public Media, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. I currently write about money, travel, and productivity for sites like Lifehacker, the New York Times, and New York Magazine. Before that, I produced videos for MSN Living.

My professional life hasn’t always been so rosy, though. I launched Brokepedia back in 2014 after one of my biggest financial fears came true: I was laid off. It was a scary time. I had no idea how I would make ends meet, so I looked for ways to be frugal and save money on everything. During that time, I also launched this blog. I shared everything I learned about money along the way, from saving it to making more of it.

The more I wrote about money, though, the more I realized personal finance isn’t really about saving money or even making lots of it. It’s about not letting money get in your way. And that’s the goal of this site: to help you figure out how to manage your money so you can live the life you want, not just the life you can afford.

If you want to learn more about my own adventures in freelancing, you can check out my personal blog here. You can sign up for my newsletter and you’ll get weekly(ish) tips and article updates from me.

Get Started With These Posts

If you’re looking to learn the basics about money, here are some of our most popular posts:

How to Budget When You Have No Clue What You’re Doing

The Brokepedia Philosophy of Frugal Living

Brokepedia’s Guide to Saving Money on Travel

How the Diderot Effect Makes You Spend Like Crazy

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