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SmartAsset Talks to Shannyn Allan of FrugalBeautiful (Video)

Shannyn Allan didn’t want to give up on a beautiful life just because she was broke. As a grad student living in an expensive city, Shannyn started a personal finance blog to show you could live (and live well) on only a little… as long as you got crafty. Her motto – fit, fashionable and fabulous. But still frugal.

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Shannyn’s blog started as a chronicle of her journey living in Chicago as a broke grad student and trying to balance student life with having a beautiful life on a budget.  Shannyn tells us that making a limited budget work is all about getting very creative. But beyond sharing her experiences, she got something unexpected out of creating a blog.

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As she prioritized her life, Shannyn found herself talking to others about how they prioritize and fund the things that matter to them. She says she learned from people who had paid off thousands of dollars in debt, built their own homes or built up businesses. For her it helped to find out how they got there- whether it was with a 9-to-5 job, a side gig or by also creating a blog.

Hear more from Shannyn, including her top tip for those looking to lead a beautiful but frugal life, by watching the video above!

Thank you so much to Shannyn for joining us at SmartAsset Talks! This is an ongoing vlog (video blog) series with some of your favorite bloggers and personal finance experts. Keep checking back here for interviews – once a week we post them right here on the SmartAsset blog.

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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 Credit.com. 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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