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.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: Student Loan Woes

August 18, 2017

This week: Mammoth student loan debt

Lauren from Financial Best Life talks about shopping addiction

Lauren Went on a “Spending Freeze” to Pay Off $8,000

August 16, 2017

The debt she accrued wasn’t her fault this time, but it was her responsibility.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

August 15, 2017

Bad spending habits, saving on groceries, financial independence and more

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: Dining Gets Expensive

August 11, 2017

This week: Dining out

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: The Cost of Boating

August 4, 2017

This week: Living on the high-priced seas

Portrait of Zina from Debt Free After Three,’s Financial Profiling featured personal finance blogger

Zina Paid Off $28,000 of Debt in Three Years

August 2, 2017

She put every extra penny toward her student loans and carefully tracked her spending.

Freedom is Groovy personal finance blog logo with beatnik cat

Moving Saved The Groovy Family a Ton

July 26, 2017

Once they relocated, they set their sights on their retirement goals.

Eva, creator of Teens Got Cents, teaches finances to young people on her blog

Eva Teaches Young People About Money

July 19, 2017

She started blogging at 16 years old, and a few years later became a full-fledged entrepreneur.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

July 18, 2017

Summer jobs, frugal allegiance, 20 minute saving and buying used online.

My Family On a Budget

Dishes Helped Steve Improve His Finances

July 12, 2017

They remind the My Family On a Budget writer of his money mistakes.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

July 11, 2017

Savings habits, spending smarter, money talk, financial dieting and more.

The Financial Panther

The Financial Panther Avoided Lifestyle Inflation

July 5, 2017

And he embraced the personal finance community as he paid down debt.

Whether you should drive a taxi, when you should haggle, and what you should download.

This Week Around The Web

July 4, 2017

Overspending online, the worst purchases, paying off student loans, living paycheck to paycheck and more.

By the Numbers

What Can You Buy With Your Debt?

June 30, 2017

This week: Want your own personal army? Or do you want to buy everyone gasoline?

Debt Blag

Mario Started His Blog to Keep Himself Financially Accountable

June 28, 2017

It helped him adjust his lifestyle, pay off more debt and save for an emergency fund.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

June 27, 2017

Dirty jobs, debt, bikes and baked beans, money management and more.

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.


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.

Portrait of Kayla from,’s Financial Profiling featured personal finance blogger

Kayla’s Debt Changed Her Life

May 24, 2017

Her financial mess gave her new hope.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

May 23, 2017

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

David, writer from Run The Money, explores similarities between physical and financial health

Financial Pain is Nothing to David from Run the Money

May 17, 2017

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

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

May 16, 2017

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

Volleyball player bending low to dig the ball offers personal financial advice

Practice Makes Perfect for Tonya

May 10, 2017

In personal finance and her favorite sport.

Around the web

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.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

May 2, 2017

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

ESI Money black and blue knight chess piece logo

ESI Money Retired in His Early Fifties

April 26, 2017

And some people still don’t believe him

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

April 25, 2017

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

Portrait for Joshua, an employee of Biglaw Investor

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.

A decadent piece of chocolate cake with 3 layers of creme filling, a chocolate ganache shell and hand-whipped whipped cream

Andrew Lives on Little in the Big City

April 12, 2017

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

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

April 11, 2017

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

Portrait for Chonce Rhea, creator of the blog My Debt Epiphany

How Chonce Overcame Dire Financial Troubles

April 5, 2017

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

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

April 4, 2017

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

If the struggle of gender equality for women, some are ashamed to face their finances, as they hold more debt, not savings

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.

Around the web

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.