By: Krystle Crossman
Tiffany Aliche was a teacher before she lost her job during the recession. She ended up in a hole financially but was able to manage to get out of it successfully. She budgeted, she made cuts on things that were not important, and she saved. This year she wanted to help other women who were in the same financial rut as she had been in. She is now known as “The Budgetnista”.
Aliche created a free online course called the Live Richer Challenge. For five weeks she would have different tasks and challenges for the women who signed up for the course. She ended up with over 11,000 enrollments. Each week there was a new lesson and new challenges set out for the women to complete such as calling their internet company and negotiating a better rate or getting a better interest rate on a credit card or loan. Another week was set aside for learning how to save money. Each woman would share their success for the week and show the progress that they had made if they wanted to. Aliche said there was no “penalty” for not completing a challenge, it was simply a motivational tool to help women understand finances and help them save money. They all started with a particular goal in mind and worked hard towards those goals.