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Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance Interview

This Monday we’re interviewing the Barbara Friedberg from BarbaraFriedbergPersonalFinance.com. Ms. Friedberg is a highly trained, accredited, and experienced adviser who’s goal is to help people handle their money efficiently and effectively. After reading our interview, why don’t you head on over to BarbaraFriedbergPersonalFinance.com to check out her story and our favorite BFPF post of the week, Good Debt.
1. What blog/website do you read most often?
Definitely, Yakezie.com. That network has done more for my blogging presence than anything else. I am in debt to the network and want to contribute as much as possible.
2. What made you start writing? Particularly in personal finance?
I have a lot to say about personal finance. In addition to investing for many years, working as a portfolio manager, and MBA professor, I am passionate about financial literacy. I thought writing a blog was a good way to offer reputable financial information in a fun and informative fashion. My hope is to distribute this information to help those without access to strong financial models.
3. What is your favorite post that you’ve written and why?
Ten Steps You Must Take Before You Begin an Investing Program. It’s a synopsis of basic smart money behaviors.
4. What was the most savvy financial habit your family instilled in you?
Delay gratification. Realize that buying everything you want immediately leads to disharmony and lack of wealth.
5. How do you feel about frugality in today’s society?
I hope it continues past the recession. I believe moderation and “smart spending” leads to contentment and self satisfaction.
6. What is the most important personal finance education for young students?
Pay yourself first. With any money you earn or receive, dedicate a portion to saving.
Spend on things and experiences that YOU value, not on what your friends think is important.
7. Do you have a favorite money saving tip or practice that you use?
Eat out infrequently, and when we do, really appreciate and enjoy the experience! Make it an OCCASION, not something to take for granted.
8. Looking back on your financial life, if you had to do it all over again, is there any one thing you’d like to do over? Or one thing you believe was a pivotal moment?
NO, because even my mistakes and missteps make me who I am today.
9. And just for fun, if you could be any superhero based on their alter ego, what would you be? (Because we all know Peter Parker and Clark Kent spent more time as themselves than walking around as superheroes.)
BATGIRL- Helping others!!!

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