Here at LearnVest, we don’t shy away from asking all those awkward and fascinating money questions. How much did that cost you? Do you have a big investment account? What’s a secret splurge you haven’t told anyone else about?
In our series, 10 Things You Don’t Know About My Finances, we get interesting people (like Al Roker, Lucky Editor in Chief Brandon Holley, and our own Editor in Chief Maria Lin) to reveal their funny, head-scratching and refreshing approaches to finance.
Recently, a LearnVest reader wrote in telling us how she’d saved a $10,000 emergency fund in under three years, while putting her husband through college. And she did it all on a $40,000 salary! Many of you commented, asking what her secret was.
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So we asked her. For this installment, we sat down with Carla, 31—a LearnVest reader and newlywed who lives in Bar Harbor, Maine to find out just how she got so smart about her money.
Read on to find out about the childhood event that turned her into a lifelong saver, why she eloped … and the pocket-picking habit that's made her wealthier.