Welcome to SavingAdvice.com, a personal finance website that inspires and teaches different ways of saving money. SavingAdvice.com offers a little bit of everything from financial articles, discussion forums, blogs (you can even create your own), newsletters, calculators, and various other financial-related tools. You may have seen us in the Washington Post, Budget Living Magazine, The Street, Reddit, or even listened to us on the Radio.
This site is a community effort run by three of us although we try to keep it updated daily and feel we provide information that is competitive with sites that have a much larger staff. Kathryn Vercillo, Tamila McDonald, and Amanda Stewart do most of the content writing while James Hendrickson handles most of the forum work.
Meet Amanda! She is an editor and writer extraordinaire with a passion for sharing information that helps people and communities to better themselves in some way. As you may be able to tell by her work on Plunged in Debt, she loves keeping up with celebrities and, more importantly, what they are doing with their wealth.
She has written for a number of other online publications and you can also catch her on our sibling sites: Saving Advice, Budget and the Bees, and Our Debt Free Family. In addition to writing online, she also freelances for local newspapers in her hometown of Charlotte, NC.
Tamila McDonald has worked as a Financial Advisor for the military for the past 13 years. She has taught Personal Financial classes on every subject from credit, to life insurance, as well as all other aspects of financial management. Mrs. McDonald is an AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselor and has helped her clients to meet their short-term and long-term financial goals
Trey LaRocca is a freelance writer, financial sales worker, and tech guy. When he isn’t out and about or at work, he’s usually at home enjoying some video games and a beer. Currently residing in Newport Beach, this California Kid can be found at the beach on any given weekend. Trey has years of experience in day/swing trading, financial analytics, and sales.
Kathryn Vercillo is a professional writer who loves to live a balanced life. She appreciates a good work-life balance. She enjoys balance in her relationships and has worked hard to learn how to balance her finances to allow for a balanced life overall. Although she’s only blonde some of the time, she’s always striving for total balance. She’s excited to share what she’s learned with you and to discover more together along the way. Learn more about her at www.kathrynvercillo.com.
James Hendrickson is an internet entrepreneur, blogging junky, hunter, and personal finance geek. When he’s not lurking in coffee shops in Portland, Oregon, you’ll find him in the Pacific Northwest’s great outdoors. James has a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Earlham College. He loves individual stocks, bonds, and precious metals.
Jenny Smedra is an avid world traveler, ESL teacher, former archaeologist, and freelance writer. Choosing a life abroad had strengthened her commitment to finding ways to bring people together across language and cultural barriers. While most of her time is dedicated to working with children, she also enjoys good friends.
Melissa is a writer and virtual assistant. She earned her Master’s from Southern Illinois University, and her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan. When she’s not working, you can find her homeschooling her kids, reading a good book, or cooking. She resides in Arizona where she dislikes the summer heat but loves the natural beauty of the area.
Joe Wallace specializes in personal finance, military affairs, and consumer protection topics. Since 1995, his work has appeared on Air Force Television News, The Pentagon Channel, ABC and a variety of print and online publications. He is a 13-year Air Force veteran and collects unusual vinyl records, which gives him an excuse to write the vinyl blog Turntabling.net.
Allen Francis was an academic advisor, librarian, and college adjunct for many years with no money, no financial literacy, and no responsibility when he had money. To him, the phrase “personal finance,” contains the power that anyone has to grow their own wealth. Allen is an advocate of best personal financial practices including focusing on your needs instead of your wants, asking for help when you need it, saving, and investing in your own small business.
Rachel Slifka is a freelance writer and human resources professional. She is passionate about helping fellow millennials find success with their finances and careers. Read more by checking out her website at RachelSlifka.com.
Max K. Erkiletian
Max K. Erkiletian began writing for newspapers while still in high school. He went on to become an award-winning journalist and co-founder of the print magazine Free Bird.
He has written for a wide range of regional and national publications as well as many online publications. That has afforded him the opportunity to interview a variety of prominent figures from former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank Paul Volker to Blues musicians Muddy Waters and B. B. King.
Max lives in Springfield, MO with his wife Karen and their two cats. He spends as much time as possible with his kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Luke Williams has been writing ever since he could pick up a pencil. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications. Now, throughout his professional career, he’s written about topics ranging from finance & beauty to automobiles and software and continues to hone his craft daily.
Jeffrey strain is a freelance author, his work has appeared at The Street.com and seekingalpha.com. In addition to having authored thousands of articles, Jeffrey is a former resident of Japan, former owner of Savingadvice.com, and a professional digital nomad.
SavingAdvice.com is owned and operated by District Media, Inc. but there are many writers, editors, forum moderators, and other community members who contribute on a daily basis. Born in 2003, that makes us about 17 years old. Have any questions? Feel free to get in touch with us.
We hope you enjoy the information provided and are able to find a new take on saving that you haven’t been able to find anywhere else on the internet.