Follow me on Instagram @budgetadvisorblog

My story

My name is Dana and I am the content creator behind Budget-Advisor.

What drives me to do this type of work is that from a young age, a lack of money was always a constant issue. Bills went unpaid and we struggled because of it. This is not meant to be a sob story but I want to highlight the results of money mismanagement.

I have seen people not follow budgets and collect lots of debt without a plan to pay it off. I also learned the hard way, when I bought a car and had less than $50 cash left to my name and I had debt of $4,802. I felt desperate to get out of this situation where I couldn’t afford what I had. I knew this couldn’t happen again.

Since then, I have made drastic changes in how I manage money. I paid off the car in under two years and I have successfully graduated with my Associates of Science Degree debt free. I didn’t take out a single loan, and paid for it all on my own. Nothing was handed to me so I had to figure out how I would pay for it. Now I am paying my way through Portland State University loan free and majoring in Accounting.

Before budgeting, I had no savings, no investments & no financial plan. Within two years of budgeting I had a fully funded emergency fund, investments for retirement & a financial plan for my future, all while working part-time minimum wage student jobs. June of 2020 I wanted to share my knowledge & experiences with others outside of my day job and this led to the creation of Budget-Advisor, a blog focused on budgeting and living frugally.

For my day job, I work in a Financial Wellness Center and I work with students one on one to help them with various financial needs.

With my background studying accounting, and with years of learning how to cut costs and manage money I feel confident that I can help you meet your financial goals.

Follow me on Instagram @budgetadvisorblog