100 Financial Experts Jill Schlesinger

Jill Schlesinger

'Jill on Money' Podcast Host

"[M]ost of us don't get into debt overnight, so you are going to have to create a process whereby you can take small steps to achieve big goals."


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Jill Schlesinger, CFP, is an Emmy-nominated and Gracie Award-winning business analyst for CBS News. She writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on Money” for Tribune Media Services and hosts a podcast of the same name.

Schlesinger has published two books, “The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money” and “The Great Money Reset.”

She has had a number of achievements, from Gracie Awards to being named one of the “10 Financial Experts You Should Be Following Right Now” by Time.

Why She’s a Top Money Expert:

Before her current work, Jill Schlesinger spent 14 years as the co-owner of and chief investment officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She then went on to be the editor-in-chief for MoneyWatch.com. Since then, she has continued to cover the economy, markets, investing and other personal finance matters.


What advice would you give your younger self about money/budgeting?

Not much — I was fastidious about money from a young age.

What is the best thing you did to improve your own financial wellness?

I started to save early — and kept saving whether I was making a small amount of money or a lot more.

What are some easy/simple strategies or tools to make sure people are allocating their money smartly?

Use one of the many apps to keep you honest with yourself…but be careful not to be a slave to the process…you are entitled to have fun too!

What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to budgeting/debt management?

Starting too big…most of us don’t get into debt overnight, so you are going to have to create a process whereby you can take small steps to achieve big goals…

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