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: Holiday Spending

December 15, 2017

This week: Kicking off the New Year — in debt.

Personal finance blogger J-Money, founder of Budgets Are Sexy

J. Money’s Financial Blunder Turned into a Success Story

December 13, 2017

He went looking for an apartment but found something else…

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

December 12, 2017

Spending $1,000, buying a car, improving credit scores, not saving money and more.

Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation

Nick Hustled to Build His Own Business

December 6, 2017

He worked nights and weekends to become an entrepreneur.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

December 5, 2017

Saving habits, frivolous purchases, subscription boxes, identity theft and more.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: It’s Just A Job

December 1, 2017

This week: Employees are either stressed out or bored.

Personal finance expert Jackie Cohen and her cat Polly

Jackie’s Garnered a Quarter Century in Personal Finance

November 29, 2017

But even with that experience, she still suffered through her own debt issues.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

November 28, 2017

Finance tools, financial rope, student loans, global economy and more.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: From Dollars to Donuts

November 24, 2017

This week: How we spend our meal money.

Black Friday deals are limited to in-store offers. You can shop online and on your smartphone

How to Find the Real Deals for Black Friday

November 23, 2017

Look no further for deep discounts on electronics, toys and appliances.

Lance from Money Manifesto and his family

Hard Work and Sacrifice Helped Lance Pay Off Debt

November 22, 2017

It’s a cliché but it worked for Lance and his wife.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

November 21, 2017

Eating out, negotiation hacks, money rules, side hustles and more.

By the Numbers identity theft

Gobbling Up Our Money

November 17, 2017

This week: That’s a lot of turkey.

Elle from Couple Money on a panel at FinCon

Elle Focuses On Money and Marriage

November 15, 2017

She believes couples should be completely honest about their finances.

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

November 14, 2017

Overspending, quick fixes, conspicuous consumption, frugal things and SMART goals.

Bola from Clever Girl Finance

Bola Uses Her Parents’ Sound Financial Advice

November 8, 2017

And she hopes it will help other women improve their finances.

Around the web

Around the Web: Negotiating Tips

November 7, 2017

Shocking truths, money tips, money mindset, negotiating, and more.

David from Finance Super Hero

David Works Hard for His Financial Freedom

November 1, 2017

He works two full-time jobs and still makes time to write about money.

Around the web

Around the Web: Credit Freezes

October 31, 2017

Credit freeze, friendship, bank fees, a trick and paying yourself first.

Travel blogger Andrew Fraieli

Andrew Lives the Vagabond Life When Traveling

October 25, 2017

He avoids tourist traps and saves money by relying on others.

Around the web

Around the Web: Car Insurance

October 24, 2017

Retirement, car insurance, scary facts, debt and more.

The Apathy Ends personal finance blog logo

Interest Payments Shocked Chris into Paying Down His Debt

October 18, 2017

He and his wife “took action” after receiving a year-end tax document.

Around the web

Around the Web: Credit Scores

October 17, 2017

Credit scores, budgeting myths, money moves, marriage and debt and more.

Michael Hall from Financially Alert

Michael from Financially Alert Dreamed of Financial Freedom

October 11, 2017

He made it happen by working hard and not buying into the “consumer culture.”

Around the web

Around the Web: Identity Theft

October 10, 2017

Identity theft, financial goals, money and romance, cancelling a credit card and more.

Mama Fish Saves blog logo

Mama Fish Believes Financial Success Starts at Home

October 4, 2017

She strongly advocates educating your children about money early.

Around the web

Around the Web: Debt-Free People

October 3, 2017

Healthcare costs, poverty wages, kids and money and natural disasters.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers: Car Facts

September 29, 2017

This week: The unexpected expenses of “owning” a car.

Andy from Marriage, Kids and Money

The Day Andy Decided He Was Done With Debt

September 27, 2017

He and his wife realized they weren’t rich, they were broke.

Around the web

Around the Web: Peace of Mind

September 26, 2017

Money problems, debt management, retirement savings and financial health.

Brian from Debt Discipline

Brian Thought Having Debt Was Normal

September 20, 2017

Now he teaches students and his former coworkers about personal finance.

Around the web

Around the Web: Financial Habits

September 19, 2017

Dooming your finances, credit woes, financial power, healthy habits and more.

Carl, or Mr. 1500, holds his young daughter in the air

Carl Started Saving Money at an Early Age

September 13, 2017

He was a born saver and hustler — even if it meant cleaning up poop.

Around the web

Around the Web: Kids’ Money Advice

September 12, 2017

A child’s advice, pet savings, college jobs, restaurant spending and more.

Khaleef Kicked the Eating Out Habit

September 6, 2017

He and his wife eat healthier now and save more money.

Around the web

Around the Web: Save More Money

September 5, 2017

Transportation costs, the “eff” word, financial intimacy, sexy husbands and more.

By the Numbers identity theft

Hurricane Harvey’s Huge Impact

September 1, 2017

This week: The storm is record-setting in many terrible ways.

Amanda Abella

Personal Finances Saved Amanda

August 30, 2017

With employment opportunities scarce for a literature major, she discovered a new calling

Around the web

Around the Web: Money-Saving Tips

August 29, 2017

Saving money, adding sexy, financial fears and personal finance.

By the Numbers identity theft

By The Numbers: Identity Theft

August 25, 2017

No wonder why people get their identity stolen.

Personal finance blogger Jessi Fearon

Jessi Accepted Responsibility for Her Debt Problems

August 23, 2017

She stopped making excuses and started her own financial and personal revival.

Around the web

Around the Web: Pay Off Debt

August 22, 2017

Leverage time, save money, financial failure, pay off debt… and more

By the Numbers identity theft

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

Around the Web: Grocery Bill

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.