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Laurie is a personal finance writer, staff writer for Women Who Money, and world language teacher. She graduated with a BA from Furman University in English and Spanish and an MEd from Plymouth State University. After living and working for three years in Santiago, Chile, where she met and married her Chilean husband, Laurie returned to the States and promptly jumped on the consumer debt bandwagon. When her husband was laid off twice in one year during the financial crisis of 2008, she dived headfirst into the world of personal finance, determined to turn their situation around. Her family became location independent two and a half years ago after doubling their net worth and left the New England area to move closer to family and the beach. She currently teaches Spanish and Personal Finance at a private school in the Charlotte area. Laurie writes about strategic frugality, spending tradeoffs, and incremental gains at her blog, The Three Year Experiment.