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9 Black Personal Finance Experts You Should Follow on Social Media

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Social media can be great for finding experts and getting insight into topics you might not find on your own. When it comes to personal finance — which can be particularly complex, depending on your situation — that can be really helpful. (And who doesn’t love free expertise?)

In honor of February being Black History Month, here are nine excellent Black personal finance experts you should know about and follow.

No. 1 and No. 2: Tiffany Aliche and Mandi Woodruff-Santos, Brown Ambition podcast

The Brown Ambition podcast, hosted by Tiffany Aliche and Mandi Woodruff-Santos (a former LendingTree employee), focuses on career, success, relationships and building wealth. It features personal and candid conversations on various personal finance topics.

“These two are rock stars and bring so much great information to their followers,” says Matt Schulz, LendingTree chief credit analyst.

Twitter: Aliche (known as The Budgetnista) and Woodruff-Santos; Brown Ambition podcast.

No. 3: Trae Bodge, TrueTrae

“Trae is the gold standard among shopping experts,” Schulz says. “She’s knowledgeable, charismatic and funny, and always has great insights and information to help you be smarter the next time you go shopping.”

You may have seen Bodge on shows from “Good Morning America” to “Today” to “Inside Edition.” Her Instagram features fun reels paired with in-depth captions expanding on the featured personal finance and shopping tips. She’s a great account to follow if you’re looking to curb your spending and save money.

No. 4: Chris Browning, Popcorn Finance podcast

The hook for Browning’s podcast is “discussing finance in the time it takes to make a bag of popcorn.

“He does a great job of breaking down complex topics around money in an easy-to-understand way without wasting your time,” Schulz says.

Each episode of the award-winning Popcorn Finance podcast is about 10 minutes or less. Recent topics include the money comparison trap, saving on credit card interest and 2023 goals.

Twitter: Browning

No. 5: Sharon Epperson, CNBC

“Sharon’s Twitter feed is a gold mine of useful information, including her reports on CNBC, the ‘Today’ show and elsewhere,” Schulz says.

Some of the topics she’s recently covered on Twitter include retirement, inflation and financial infidelity. You’ll also find relevant news clips about personal finance topics and tips for navigating your financial life.

No. 6: Marcus Garrett, Life After Debt podcast

Garrett shares his wisdom earned from paying a staggering $30,000 in credit card debt and personal loan debt.

His insights provide a bit of much-needed encouragement if you find yourself struggling with debt. He also talks about budgeting, side hustles and household income on social media.

Instagram: Garrett

No. 7 and No. 8: Julien and Kiersten Saunders, Rich & Regular

“This personal finance power couple’s YouTube channel, including their amazing series Money on the Table, is not to be missed,” Schulz says.

On social media, the couple tweet about topics like succeeding in the workplace, health care and (of course) money management. Their profile can be useful whether you’re single or have a partner.

No. 9: Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post

“Michelle is an absolute legend in financial journalism,” Schulz says. “She has written a personal finance column for The Washington Post for 25 years and is fiercely passionate about helping people with their money.”

Her wealth of knowledge makes her an excellent expert to follow, especially on topics like money management, among other insights.

Twitter: Singletary

It’s worth noting that these are just a few of the great Black personal finance experts.

“There’s never been a greater diversity of voices in the personal finance space than there is today,” Schulz says. “That’s a very, very good thing.”


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