Jen Smith, Personal Finance Expert and Writer at DollarSproutJen Smith

Jen became passionate (borderline obsessed) with encouraging others that they could take control of their spending and get their finances under control after Jen and her husband paid off $78K of debt in 23 months. 

Jen has been featured in U.S. News, Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She has also written for The Penny Hoarder, The Financial Diet, and MarketWatch. She’s also been nominated for best new personal finance podcasts as co-host of the Frugal Friends Podcast

When Jen isn’t behind her computer she’s a new mom trying to figure out the whole parenting thing.

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Credit Karma Review: Is it Accurate, Free, and Safe to Use?

Credit Karma has been offering members free access to their credit scores since 2008 and full credit reports since 2014. Its mission is to give people free tools and recommendations to help them feel confident about their finances.

Jen Smith 24 Nov

How to Get Free Diapers for Your Baby

Did you know there are ways to get free diapers? No parent should have to stress about the expenses that keep their baby clean and healthy so cutting down costs and finding free diapers can really help a family out.

Jen Smith 20 Nov

Credit Sesame vs Credit Karma: Which Free Tool Is Better?

Credit Karma and Credit Sesame are websites where you can check your credit score for free, and you don’t have to provide a credit card. But how do they compare and which one is better?

Jen Smith 19 Nov

The Pink Tax: Why It Costs More to Be a Woman

The pink tax is the tendency for products and services marketed to women to cost more than those marketed to men. But is the pink tax real? If so, how can you avoid it and possibly repeal it all together?

Jen Smith 18 Nov

24 Easy Ways to Get Free Baby Stuff

For families struggling to make ends meet, buying new baby items isn’t a practical option. Whether your income is low or you don’t want to drain your bank account, you can find free baby stuff all around you.

Jen Smith 17 Nov

6 Easy Steps to Sell on Craigslist (And 6 Tips for Success)

In college, one of my favorite side hustles was Craigslist. There’s no account to set up, you can sell virtually anything, and there are almost no fees for selling on Craigslist unless you’re selling a car or service.

Jen Smith 13 Nov

Lucktastic Review: Are Apps Like Lucktastic Worth Your Time?

Have you heard of Lucktastic? It’s a free mobile app available for iPhone and Android where people can play digital scratch-off cards and enter contests to win cash and gift cards. It offers the thrill of gambling without the risk.

Jen Smith 12 Nov

15 Best Online Shoe Sites to Buy Cheap Name-Brand Footwear

There’s no need to drive around to different stores looking for the right shoe at the cheapest price. Here are the best places to find shoes online for better quality at prices that won’t break the bank.

Jen Smith 24 Oct

14 Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Gifts for Turkey Day 2019 🦃

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reconnect and share gratitude over good food. If you’re lucky enough to get invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving this year, show your host how grateful you are by bringing them a simple thank you gift.

Jen Smith 18 Oct

Side Hustle Survey 2019: Who Has One and How Much Do They Make?

Side hustles have become a popular way to supplement traditional income. Our 2019 research study looks into who has one, and how much money they’re making.

Jen Smith 27 Sep