FB_profile_imageI can help you get smarter with your money.

Nobody is born knowing how to manage money—we all have to learn, and we all make mistakes (I’ve made some doozies*). But there are sound financial planning principles you can use to get a handle on your money, get out of debt and build wealth.

It’s all about creating balance. You can enjoy your life now and in the future just by putting these principles to work.

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“And who are you, exactly?”

I’m an award-winning** personal finance columnist, speaker, commentator, author of several books about money and graduate of the Certified Financial Planner training program.

I write for the personal finance site NerdWallet, and my question-and-answer column “Money Talk” appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Palm Beach Post, the Portland Oregonian and others.

My book “Your Credit Score” is a national best-seller now in its fifth edition. The New York Times called one of my other books, “The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy,” a “wonderful basic personal finance book…supportive of people struggling to understand these topics and trying to make ends meet.”

You may have heard me on public radio. I contribute to American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money,” and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered.” I’ve appeared “Dr. Phil,” “Today Show” and NBC Nightly News, and was for several years a weekly commentator on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”

My goal is to help you get smarter with money so you can get on with your life.

*My mistakes include buying retirement property at age 26. In Alaska. Eighty miles from the nearest road. I still have it, if anyone wants to make an offer.

**My awards include:

  • The Betty Furness Consumer Media Award (2010) by the Consumer Federation of America, designed to honor individuals who have made “exceptional progress in American consumerism.”
  • A Clarion Award (2007) for my MSN Money series on financial benchmarks. Her MSN Money columns won several awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, including a 2008 “Best in Business” honor.
  • A team Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service (1989) for coverage of the alcoholism epidemic among native Alaskans. My article on fetal alcohol syndrome led the coverage on Day 3 of the 10-day series.
  • A team Gerald Loeb Award (1997) for coverage of the Comparator Systems penny stock scandal.

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