Brian Bienkowski

Brian Bienkowski

I’ve done everything from PR to ghostwriting books. The topics I’ve covered range from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to male enhancement supplements, and quit-smoking advice to pee-wee football. Now I cover financial issues including debt recovery, fraud, and current credit card topics. When I’m away from a keyboard I enjoy craft beer and fishing — and once enjoyed a cold Sweet Water IPA after catching a sailfish.

Lindsay from Notorious Debt

This “Money-Pit” Ruined Lindsay’s Finances

June 21, 2017

It left the Notorious D.E.B.T. writer and her husband hopelessly in debt — but they’re making a comeback.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

June 20, 2017

Make extra money, save money, family theft and pet care costs.

By the Numbers

Driving and Cruising with Debt

June 16, 2017

Oh, the things you could do — and buy — if you weren’t buried in debt.

Think Save Retire

Steve Snapped Out of His Spending Spree

June 14, 2017

He and his wife decided a retired life on the road meant more to them.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

June 13, 2017

Saving money, divorce, the war on debt, financial goals and more.

Marcus from Minimally Nerdy

The “Geek Life” Nearly Ruined Marcus’ Finances

June 7, 2017

His collection of action figures, games and comics defined him, but he transformed.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

June 6, 2017

Wasted stuff, experiencing life, doing nothing, summer adventures and more.

debtfreegeek

Chris From Debt Free Geek Believes in Intensity

May 31, 2017

It not only helps him stay debt-free, it also protects him.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

May 30, 2017

Joint finances, kicking butt, brilliant hacks, normalizing debt and more.

Kayla’s Debt Changed Her Life

May 24, 2017

Her financial mess gave her new hope.

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This Week Around The Web

May 23, 2017

Singer Jack Johnson, a five-step plan, a gas hike, good habits and more.

Financial Pain is Nothing to David from Run the Money

May 17, 2017

Sure, it hurts, but he’s been through worse.

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This Week Around The Web

May 16, 2017

Financially literate, women and money, financial mistakes, cars and cutting the cable.

Practice Makes Perfect for Tonya

May 10, 2017

In personal finance and her favorite sport.

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This Week Around The Web

May 9, 2017

“Girls” finale, women and money, money myths, kids and credit and more.

Mustard Seed Money

How Mustard Seed Money Curbs His Spending

May 3, 2017

Here’s a hint: It takes stealth and quickness.

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This Week Around The Web

May 2, 2017

Minimum wage, baseball, hotel fees, doing it all wrong and more

ESI Money Retired in His Early Fifties

April 26, 2017

And some people still don’t believe him

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This Week Around The Web

April 25, 2017

Retirement fears, energy bills, no money, frugality and your mental health.

Joshua from Biglaw Investor Doesn’t Bill for His Advice

April 19, 2017

He prevents young lawyers from trashing their own finances for free

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

April 18, 2017

Money relationships, building wealth, financial equals, and saving on fees.

Andrew Lives on Little in the Big City

April 12, 2017

New York City is expensive but he and his wife make it work.

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This Week Around The Web

April 11, 2017

Banks vs. credit unions, student debt, savings strategies, stress reducers and more.

How Chonce Overcame Dire Financial Troubles

April 5, 2017

She once relied on welfare. Now she’s a successful personal finance coach.

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This Week Around The Web

April 4, 2017

Never feel poor, feel happy, spring clean, beat debt and protect yourself.

Not Much To Celebrate This Women’s History Month?

March 29, 2017

The financial news is rather bleak, but the future is brighter.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

March 28, 2017

New scam, quitting goals, credit score, student loans and losing weight.

Physician on Fire

Physician on Fire Bikes to Work

March 22, 2017

His neighbors don’t like “flashy” and he fits right in.

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This Week Around The Web

March 21, 2017

Motivation, retirement planning, boring talk, savings opportunities and more.

Jessica Moorhouse beats emotional spending

Jessica Moorhouse Quit Her Emotional Spending Habit

March 15, 2017

It wasn’t hard — all she had to do was blow up her lifestyle.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

March 14, 2017

Golden rules, FOMO, love or money, lists and more.

Family Money Plan

Digging Holes Helped Andrew From Family Money Plan Pay Down Debt

March 8, 2017

Manual labor stinks, but it certainly helped him think toward the future.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

March 7, 2017

Reducing spending, the 48-hour rule, boosting credit, shacking up and more.

Garrett Philbin

Garrett Philbin Believes Planning is Everything

March 1, 2017

Listing priorites and values made a vacation of a lifetime happen.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

February 28, 2017

Mental accounting, car insurance, debt and weight, divorce and more.

Alyssa from Mixed Up Money Saved Big By Getting Sick

February 22, 2017

Now that she’s feeling better, she’s also eating and budgeting better.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

February 21, 2017

Student loans, extra money, common setbacks, emotional spending and more.

Why The Green Swan Says Solar Is Sexy

February 15, 2017

Maybe going green really is worth it.

Around the web

This Week Around the Web

February 14, 2017

Manage debt, shun the TV, rescue your retirement fund and more.

Fritz Gilbert from The Retirement Manifesto Lived by this Quote

February 8, 2017

The words were financially inspiring, but you’ll never guess who said them.

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This Week Around The Web

February 7, 2017

Spouses and money, waste less, frugal living, financial suicide and more.

Mystery Money Man

The Mystery Money Man Isn’t Really a Mystery

February 1, 2017

He remains anonymous for a good reason.

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This Week Around The Web

January 31, 2017

Financial cleansing, raising a child, debt trackers, impulse spending remedies and more.

Desirae Odjick of Half Banked and her dog Jacob

Half-Banked’s Desirae Odjick Budgets For Dog Toys

January 25, 2017

Here’s how she obsessively tracks every penny — by hand.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

January 24, 2017

Financial scams, serious budgeting, saving money, spending less and more.

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This Week Around the Web

January 20, 2017

Credit scores, retiring abroad, making money, managing money and more.

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This Week Around the Web

January 13, 2017

Money systems, extreme saving, free things, falling off the wagon and more.

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This Week Around The Web

January 6, 2017

Pay off debt, slash tech spending, cut bills in half, improve your finances and more.

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This Week Around the Web

December 30, 2016

Trick yourself, make money, save money, educate your kids and more.

Around the web

This Week Around the Web

December 23, 2016

Library perks, killing your wealth, depression era tips, sabotaging your retirement and more.