Jen Smith, Personal Finance Expert and Writer at DollarSproutFeatured Contributor

Jen became passionate (borderline obsessed) with encouraging others to take control of their spending and get their finances under control after Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in 23 months.

Since getting out of debt Jen has become a best selling author on Amazon, and her writing has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, 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.

To learn more, connect with Jen on LinkedIn.

15 Budget Tips to Track Your Money The Right Way

Making a budget isn’t hard at all, but sticking to it is easier said than done. You can make the most comprehensive budget spreadsheet and plan the perfect month of spending, but if you can’t follow through then you’re not going to get anywhere.

Jen Smith 13 Jan

11 Best Personal Finance Podcasts to Help You Manage Your Money

In order to cut down on your search time for the best personal finance podcasts, we’ve compiled a list of the top twelve for different interests so that you’ll find helpful information no matter where you’re starting from.

Jen Smith 09 Jan

Need Help Paying Bills? Here’s What You Can Do to Get Assistance Now

If you need help paying bills ASAP, there are organizations to help you get through a number of rough patches and back on your feet again. Ignoring calls and avoiding the mailbox isn’t a solution, it just makes the problem worse.

Jen Smith 09 Jan

9 Gifts You Should Never Buy as Christmas Presents

People have the best intentions when shopping for the holidays, but sometimes it’s best to not give than to give Christmas presents that could end up trashed or considered insulting. Don’t gift these if you want to err on the side of caution.

Jen Smith 03 Jan

22 Best eBay Alternatives to Buy and Sell Goods Online

If you’re tired of eBay or just looking to expand your selling platform, there are some great eBay alternatives out there. Depending on what you’re selling and where you’re selling it, it’s worth looking into these sites like eBay.

Jen Smith 01 Jan

One Expert’s Advice on Why Weird Side Hustles Work (and How to Find One)

Finding a side hustle that’s in demand but not as well-known can help you achieve your financial goals quicker. By day, Jeff Moriarty works a normal job. By night he does this for an extra $20,000 per year on the side.

Jen Smith 24 Dec

How to Become a Proofreader and Make Money from Anywhere

Proofreading is a great side hustle opportunity, but there are a few things you should know about it before you get started. Learn how to become a proofreader and what it takes to succeed in this industry.

Jen Smith 20 Dec

40 Fun Easter Basket Ideas for Adults, Tweens, Toddlers, and Babies

Easter isn’t an official gift-giving holiday like Christmas, but Easter gift baskets for kids can be a great way to do something nice and reward good behavior in your children. Check out these fun ideas for everyone in the family.

Jen Smith 20 Dec

40 Baby Shower Gift Ideas an Expectant Mother is Sure to Love

Every brand new baby is worth celebrating. If you’re making a baby shower gift list, there are a few dozen gifts that are the most practical, unique, and affordable baby shower gifts for any shopper’s budget.

Jen Smith 18 Dec

Financial Infidelity: 4 Signs Your Partner Isn’t Being Honest About Money

Thinking that someone you love may not be telling you the truth about their finances can cause extreme anxiety. But there are ways to identify financial infidelity early and work through it to save your relationship and protect yourself.

Jen Smith 18 Dec