My story

My name is Dana Johnson and I am the content creator behind Budget-Advisor. My passion is to teach the importance of following a financial plan and saving money early on in life.

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 $7 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. I am paying my way through Portland State University loan free and double majoring in Accounting.

With a heart to help and advise others, I always found myself in the service field. For the past year I have been a career advisor working with college students one on one. First hand, I saw the struggle students faced trying to find a job they would enjoy but would also pay the bills at the end of the day.

I learned the importance of enjoying your job so it inspired me to follow my own passion. This led to the creation of Budget-Advisor, a blog focusing on budgeting and living frugally.

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.

To become accountable for your finances, you need to know where your money is going.

Sincerely, Dana