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I’m Meredith. I’m the creator of merelynne.com and I’m glad you found me. Since you made it here, to the About page, I’m guessing you want to know a little bit more about me.

For starters I like to talk about money. Specifically ways to save money, how to budget your money and live debt free.

My passion is sharing ideas, stories and products with you that work. That help you get out of debt, stay out of debt and use your money to build for your future. I’m not just any other budget blogger you see out there. I have credentials to back me up.

– I have Masters of Business Administration.
– I work every day in a tax, accounting and financial planning firm.  I help people just like you develop their money goals and create a plan to reach them.

Does that sound legit? I have the education to back up my experience, which is a pretty big deal when we’re talking about your money.

I am the creator of merelynne.com TV, a powerful video tool to help you have a positive relationship with your money.

The behind-the-scenes bio:

I’m a lover of God, a wife, a boy mom and dog mom. I wear many hats in my life and I treat each one with gratitude. I wrote a whole post about what you may not know about me so you can get a feel for who I am.

I Didn’t Want To Live Paycheck To Paycheck

Years ago my husband and I were just starting out.  We were living in a townhouse that had seen better days.  We longed for a day where we wouldn’t hear our neighbors through paper thin walls.  More importantly, we wanted a place where our dogs could finally roam in the backyard without a chain and we had room to grow.  But we had no clue how we were going to get there.  

My husband was making decent money for the time, but I wasn’t.  I had a 30 minute commute to a mediocre job that paid less than mediocre.  We were getting by, but barely.  Sure we had enough to put food in the fridge, but heaven forbid one of cars broke down because we would have been out of luck.  I remember we would sit on our couch with our laptop open to our online banking.  We would be subtracting the bills that hadn’t come out yet to see just how much we could afford at the grocery store that week.  Sometimes we were right, but other weeks we would forget a bill and end up overdrafting our account.

It was stressful.  We just never felt like we were going to rise above it.  

I knew I couldn’t and wouldn’t live my life like that for the next 15 to 20 years.  Heck! I wasn’t going to live like that for the next 5!

We came up with a plan.  We started budgeting our money before we paid any bills.  We built an emergency fund to take some of the pressure off our bank account.  We stopped relying so heavily on bonuses we weren’t promised to make ends meet and cut things out that we knew we didn’t have to have.  

After a few months we noticed a difference.  We no longer had to check our bank account before going to the store.  Our bills didn’t hurt like they used to and we were happier.  

It was a lightbulb moment the day we sent more than just the minimum payment to the credit card company.  We finally realized we were making progress and we liked it!

We wanted more!  So we started learning and researching budgeting tips and ways to be more effective with paying down debt.  I started blogging to share what I had found with others.  I knew if we were struggling then someone else had to be too.  

Now it’s been several years and a lot has changed.  We moved to a new (my hometown) city so I can pursue a career helping clients plan for the future and get the finances in order.  My husband decided to go back to school and follow his passion of working in the medical field.  We have a son who is 15 months old and we somehow have adopted another dog to our pack – meaning we have 3 now.  Every day Ii look at our son and I am reminded of how grateful I am for our struggles.  Because if we wouldn’t have had those moments then I know we wouldn’t be where we are today.  

As of today we have paid off over $38.000 worth of debt in 3 years.  It’s a pretty good feeling!

Why You Are Here?

I believe you found me for a reason. I’m not your typical budget strategist trying to sell you something that you don’t need.

I want to help you. I want to show you there is another way to budget your money, save for your children’s college and have some fun.

My goal is to help you gain control of your money.

Because you should control your money. Your money shouldn’t control you. (Tweet that!)

I’ve put together an amazing toolkit for you.  Six steps to get your money foundation started and strong.  Grab your free guide below.

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Why merelynne.com?

Well it’s simple, you want to learn about saving money, budgeting, getting out of debt, and planning for your family’s future… right?

Let me help you. I give away some of my best stuff for free on this blog and through merelynne.com TV. However, if you need a little more guidance then check out how I can individually help you. I can help you create a plan that works for you!

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Meredith Rines, a budget and financial strategist helping fans pay off debt and live the life they've always wanted.

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