Welcome to BudgetAndInvest.com. This site is designed to teach you how to build wealth by making smart money decisions and investing in appreciating assets like the stock market and real estate.

About Our Writers

Jenny Smedra is an avid world traveler, ESL teacher, former archaeologist, and freelance writer. Choosing a life abroad strengthened her commitment to finding ways to bring people together across language and cultural barriers. While most of her time is dedicated to working with children, she also enjoys good friends, good food, and new adventures.

Calvin Ebun-Amu is passionate about finance and technology. While studying for his bachelor’s degree, he used his spare time to write about finance. When he’s not writing, he’s reading a book or article on risk and uncertainty by his favorite non-fiction author, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Calvin has a bachelor’s degree in law and a post-graduate diploma in business.

Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for numerous financial websites.

Syndicated Authors

Based in the Pittsburgh, PA area, Brian Lesko holds full-time employment as a Warehouse Manager for an electronics firm. Brian enjoys wealth building, investing, gardening and the great outdoors. Brian holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Robert Morris University.

We created this site to teach the importance of creating and maintaining a budget, along with advice on getting one on the right track to building financial wealth.

We try to provide helpful and insightful tools and resources to allow one to learn from not only my mistakes but also the financial mishaps of others.  By learning from others’ mistakes, hopefully, you have the opportunity to cut your learning curve in half and propel yourself to greater wealth in a quick time frame.

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