Welcome to our Personal Finance Bloggers of Color interview series!
Our goal with this series is to highlight the experiences and perspectives of people of color in terms of money and personal finance topics, as these voices are often underrepresented.
This interview features Jason from My Money Chronicles.
1. Please introduce yourself by telling us about your background?
My name is Jason Butler. I am a financial aid counselor by day and blogger/side hustler by night. I run the site My Money Chronicles where I discuss personal finance, side hustles, and travel. I also give a monthly update on my debt struggle.
2. When and from whom did you acquire knowledge about personal finance?
I learned the majority about personal finance as an adult. I read PF blogs and also books on the topic.
3. Do you feel that your race/cultural background has impacted your life in terms of personal finance? How so?
Yes, it has. My mother knew a little about money, so she taught us what she could. Growing up in inner-city schools, there was no personal finance taught as part of the curriculum. I think a lot of cities are like that. Many inner-city students have to go off what their parents know. In some cases, it’s not much. By the time they learn about money, they have probably made a few mistakes.
4. How did you become interested in personal finance? What made you want to start a blog?
I started reading PF blogs in my late 20’s. I knew that I wanted to do more than live paycheck-to-paycheck. I wanted to do more with my money. I started a blog to hold myself accountable and to show other black people that they could still live life while in debt.
5. What advice would you give to others with a similar background?
Find a side hustle. If you are in a lot of debt, it will help you get out quicker. There are hundreds to choose from. Find one that you enjoy and get to work.
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