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Veneta graduated in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism. Veneta’s award-winning, 14-year career has been spent empowering people to get smart about their finances and health.

After becoming debt free, she and her husband created a flexible lifestyle so they can travel more, focus on fun projects, and spend time with their children.

Her work has been published on,,,, and she has been featured on Yahoo! Finance, GoBankingRates, The Penny Hoarder, MSN Money and more.

When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she enjoys reading, baking, and planning the next big adventure.

To learn more, connect with Veneta on LinkedIn.

3 Simple Budgeting Systems and the Best Tools for Each

Finding the right budgeting system for your household is important. With so many budgeting options, it’s difficult to know where to start. We’ve made the process easier for you by giving you the skinny on the most popular budgeting systems.

Veneta Lusk 05 Jan

How to Get Cheap Movie Tickets and Fit Fun into Your Budget

Buying movie tickets can be expensive, especially for a huge blockbuster. Some theaters offer discount tickets on certain days, and savvy consumers can use other strategies to find cheap movie tickets like buying discounted gift cards or visiting dollar theaters.

Veneta Lusk 02 Dec

8 Ways to Get Paid to Watch Ads in Your Spare Time

Watching ads for money sounds like a scam, but it’s actually legitimate. There are many websites where you can get paid to watch ads. It’s a quick and easy way to earn some extra cash while vegging out in front of a screen.

Veneta Lusk 15 Aug

4 Things I Learned from Paying Off $30,000 in College Debt

After graduating college, I had $30,000 in college debt and was living at home with my parents. But eventually, I learned how to budget, save money, and pay off my debt. These are the lessons I learned along the way.

Veneta Lusk 08 May

14 Stores to Sell Used Furniture for Cash (and How to Make the Most Money)

In the not-too-distant past, the only places to sell used furniture were garage sales, consignment shops, or the local newspaper classifieds. With the proliferation of online marketplaces, now there are a variety of ways to unload your used goods.

Veneta Lusk 01 Mar

How a Series of Layoffs Led Us to Disciplined Financial Stability

Getting laid off is stressful. The first time it’s completely shocking, the second time it’s very concerning, and by the third – you start to wonder if you’ll ever find stability. This was my reality for the first few years after graduating from college.

Veneta Lusk 19 Feb

Is There Really Such a Thing as Good Debt vs. Bad Debt?

There’s a difference between good debt vs. bad debt. One helps you increase your net worth and leverage your assets to build wealth. The other leaves you owing money on depreciating assets with little to no hope of getting a good return.

Veneta Lusk 12 Feb

15 Best Coupon Websites to Save You the Most Money

Coupon use is at an all-time high. Studies have found that as many as 96% of shoppers report having used coupons. Thanks to coupon websites and apps, you now have even more options for saving money on products you already buy.

Veneta Lusk 20 Jan

How to Switch Banks Smoothly without Missing a Single Payment

Don’t let fear stop you from finding a financial institution that meets your needs. Closing an old bank account can be time-consuming and inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Here’s how to switch banks with minimal friction.

Veneta Lusk 16 Jan

Couponing 101: Everything You Need to Know on How to Start Couponing

Learn how to prepare and get organized, where to find coupons, and tips for saving the most. This step-by-step guide will teach you everything you need to know about couponing and using it to save money in all areas of your life.

Veneta Lusk 07 Jan