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#MyFinLitStory: Thomas Saunders

 Financial literacy equates to social freedom and independence from consumerism that stunt our upward mobility. We are bombarded with these images of status and unrealistic comparison of what life could be like if we had things. In contrast we see in real life the consequences to over spending, lack of...

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#MyFinLitStory: Renee McElroy

My name is Renee McElroy and I am a Financial Coach for MakingChange, a nonprofit organization that offers financial wellness programs in Maryland. My financial journey started from childhood, as I was raised by a single mother in the projects of Washington, D.C. Even though my mother never had a...

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#MyFinLitStory: Joseph Driscoll

I am currently an Active Duty U.S. Coast Guard and I make twenty years of service this month! I have truly enjoyed my time in the USCG but my true passion is my side hustle! I have a great passion for finance and truly enjoy seeing people change their relationships...

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#MyFinLitStory: Jackie Lam, AFC® candidate

I used hate money.Okay, so hate is a tad strong. Maybe not so much hate, but I definitely was afraid of it, and I was fascinated by it. From an early age I saw how it affected the people around me. Namely, the adults.My first memories about money were pretty...

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#MyFinLitStory: Jenelle Davis

In my childhood, my parents didn’t speak about money. I didn’t know how to save money. I didn’t know how to manage my finances. I thought a piggy bank was the cool thing to have sitting on top of your dresser in your bedroom. I grew up thinking money grows...

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#MyFinLitStory: Lauren Gillett, AFC® candidate

 I am an AFC® candidate. The road that lead me here began with a financial course I participated in years ago. It changed our lives dramatically. So much so that I found my passion and direction in life. I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Finance and am now studying for...

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#MyFinLitStory: Lynn White

 I began my career as a “homemaking teacher” and taught students in a rural school how to use their talents to both make and use money to build their future. Two years later I became a Family Economics Specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and created puzzles, lesson guides, and...

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#MyFinLitStory: Sarah Ellis, AFC®

 Growing up in a very old school home environment we did not talk about money.  We did not talk about salaries, bills, or savings.  Everything I teach was NOT discussed and if you brought it up you got in trouble.  Needless to say, when I finally went out into the...

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#MyFinLitStory: Atiya S. Brown

I have only shared this story on my podcast (1st episode), but never publicly in writing. I am the eldest of 5 children (technically the 2nd of 6) and I take my role very seriously. My baby Tister (no typo, that’s what we call each other) always wanted to go...

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#MyFinLitStory: Lindsay Wilson, AFC® candidate

My personal finance journey began young. I was the second daughter in my family accepted into an Ivy League college. I didn’t realize until the second semester into my education how bogged down I would be by student loan debt. Going to college seemed to be the path I was supposed...

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#MyFinLitStory: Veena Rathi, AFC® candidate

My relationship with money has changed over the years. As a child my first memory of money was receiving some change from my dad who was of Indian descent. I remember giving a dollar to my best friend for her 9th birthday. My mom and dad owned a store and...

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#MyFinLitStory: Cayla Piccolo, AFC®

My name is Cayla and I am a military spouse. I want to show people that adventure is something that can be budgeted for. I can’t wait to continue educating military members through financial literacy and helping them push beyond the limits most people have of living paycheck to paycheck!~...

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