As the world prepares for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the personal finance sphere is preparing for a competition of its own.
The second-quadrennial Summer Money Games, hosted by GOBankingRates in partnership with GoFreeCredit, is a competition-style initiative featuring money advice, tips, tricks and resources submitted by top experts in five personal finance categories: Saving Money, Financial Advice, Money Milestones, Retirement Planning and Wealth Building.
These submissions qualify our 50+ finalists for readers’ and viewers’ votes to select the Gold, Silver and Bronze money-medalists of each category.
The Summer Money Games begin Aug. 2, and voters can expect expert advice from the best of the best in personal finance. Here are our 2016 finalists in their categories of expertise:
Competing in the Category of Saving Money
- Amy Chang of Slickdeals
- Barbara Friedberg
- Donna Freedman
- Jeanette Pavini, Coupons.com
- Jennifer Barrett, Acorns
- Kyle Taylor, The Penny Hoarder
- Lauren Greutman, I am That Lady
- Stephanie Nelson, Coupon Mom
- Tracie Fobes, Penny Pinchin’ Mom
The Saving Money category is targeted at individuals looking to squeeze more out of their dollars and cents, take advantage of deals and discounts and live more on less.
Voters can expect an array of savings content – ranging from budgeting tools, spending guides, resources for money hacks, deals and freebies and personal stories from our experts on their own savings journey.
Competing in the Category of Retirement Planning
- Chris Hogan
- J. Money, Budgets are Sexy
- J.D. Roth
- Joe Udo, Retire By 40
- Kim Kiyosaki
- Nancy Collamer, MyLifestyleCareer.com
- Sharon Epperson, CNBC
- Tony Robbins and Tom Zgainer, America’s Best 401k
- Wes Moss
Retirement Planning is for individuals interested in preparing for retirement. It will include guides that make retirement prep straightforward, as well as advice on how to live well throughout retirement.
The retirement category will teach you mistakes to avoid, information on how to compensate for a changing market and the exact amount of money you actually need to retire.
Competing in the Category of Wealth Building
- Christy Wright
- Denise Duffield-Thomas, Lucky Bitch
- Gary Vaynerchuk
- John Rampton
- Josh Felber
- Murray Newlands
- Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation
- Nicole Lapin, Rich Bitch
- Robert Kiyosaki
- Ron Beaubien, StockMarketSchool.com
- Whitney Johnson
The Wealth Building category is aimed at those seeking money-making advice, strategies to ask for a raise, investing tips and more.
Our earning experts have shared tips to doubling your salary in two years, advice on growing assets, 200-plus ways to make extra money in your spare time and more.
Competing in the Category of Money Milestones
- David Auten and John Schneider, The Debt Free Guys
- Dorethia Kelly
- Jessica Dickler, CNBC
- Kathy Kristof
- Laura Adams, Money Girl
- Paul Vachon, The Frugal Toad
- Rachel Cruze
- Robert Farrington
- AJ Smith, SmartAsset
- Stefanie O’Connell
- Steve Rhode, Get Out of Debt Guy
- Trae Bodge
The Money Milestones category is for consumers looking to achieve big money moments. Whether it’s throwing a dream wedding, buying a house or increasing a credit score, this category showcases tips on how to get there.
The Money Milestones competitors are giving voters the “how-tos” for buying your first home, getting more college aid and building an emergency fund, among other money-landmark advice.
Competing in the Category of Financial Advice
- Carl Richards, New York Times
- Chelsea Krost
- Darren Hardy
- David Bach
- Jeff Yeager, The Ultimate Cheapskate
- Jim Wang, Wallet Hacks
- Kimberly Palmer, Smart Mom, Rich Mom
- Michelle Singletary
- Sharon Lechter
- Winnie Sun
The category of Financial Advice is intended to showcase tried and true financial advice from our experts and authorities — or point out flaws in widespread financial conventions.
These competitors have shared opinions on making the most of your credit cards, teaching money to your kids and how to make a budget with an irregular income.
“Aug. 2 marks an exciting day in the personal finance world,” says Katie Johnston, a spokesperson for GOBankingRates. “Our finalists, who were hand-picked by a panel of industry and marketing experts, are already recognized as being the best in their field. This competition just elevates their financial, business and earning advice to another level. I can’t wait for our readers and viewers to check out the arsenal of money knowledge we’ll be sharing. There is certainly some stiff competition, so it’s game on!”
Meet the 2016 Money Games Committee (MGC)
This year’s competitors, selected based off of their industry expertise and strong digital presence, were chosen by a respected panel of GOBankingRates columnists, managing editors and veteran staff who evaluated the work of hundreds of personal finance gurus, then nominated the best in class.
Our MCG is made up of Jaime Catmull (Partnerships and Syndication) Cherise Nelson (Head of Content), Cameron Huddleston (Award-Winning Columnist), Connie Lundegard (Marketing and Social Media) and Tonya Stumphauzer (Managing Editor, Video).
Mark your calendars, voters. The Money Games are about to begin.
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