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SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)

Patrice Washington says she is an accidental personal finance blogger. Regardless, it’s a role she seems born to play, and one she’s certainly making the most of! Patrice is now much more than a personal finance blogger, she is a personal finance educator, author and advocate. You can see, hear and read Patrice pretty much everywhere from the Steve Harvey TV and radio show to her own books on personal finance. We caught up with Patrice in New Orleans for this edition of SmartAsset Talks.

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Patrice originally started a personal blog so her family members in another state could keep up with her daughter. But she didn’t feel challenged and said she grew bored. So she decided to enhance the blog by infusing it with her views on personal finance.

It was a subject Patrice became familiar with after finding herself in $18,000 of credit card debt in college. Back then she knew she had to do something to improve her finances so Patrice says she read and studied up on the subject. When she began answering questions from others, she realized her passion lay in teaching people how to handle money.

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Now Patrice is a best-selling author with three books out. Watch the video above for more on where you can find her personal finance advice. She explains how she started out hoping her mom would read her blog in 2009 to now providing her wisdom on a morning radio show with 8 million listeners.

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Thank you so much to Patrice for joining us at SmartAsset Talks! This is a vlog (video blog) series with some of your favorite bloggers and personal finance experts. Check out all of the interviews posted right here on SmartReads.

Photo and Video Credit: Walter Tyler

AJ Smith, CEPF® AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist and personal finance expert with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She has appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal Radio and ABC News Radio. Her work has appeared on websites including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and She is a contributor for Forbes. The SmartAsset VP of Content and Financial Education has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ was named an honoree of the 2018 Women in Media awards in the Corporate Champions category. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children's books.
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