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.

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around the Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

This Week Around The Web

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

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, Debt.com’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 identity theft

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.

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.

Portrait of Kayla from KaylaSloan.com, Debt.com’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.