Ain’t I A Woman: Tiffany Aliche
My name is Tiffany Aliche, but I’m better known as “The Budgetnista”.
I’m one of five girls, and growing up, our family really valued education. My father was an accountant. Growing up, he would sit down with us and we had weekly discussions about money. In college, I was the girl everyone came to when they had money questions.
At the age of 26, I was “financially perfect”. I had a car, I had a condo, I had a career, I had money saved, I was living my best life! But then the recession hit, and all of the sudden I didn’t have those things. I lost my job, rented out my condo, and moved back in with my parents. By the time I was turning 30, I was sleeping in my middle school bed, and I was so ashamed and unhappy with myself. Eventually, after talking it out with a close friend, I remembered all of the lessons my father had taught me and my sisters as a child.
I started offering free financial classes at the United Way and it was a success. I took what I did at the United Way, and created the Live Richer Challenge, a free resource for people, primarily women, to help educate them on managing their money. We formed a community together, the Dream Catchers.
Since then, I’ve helped over one million women worldwide collectively save more than $200 million, and pay off over $100 million in debt, purchase homes and transform the way they think about their finances. In 2019, I partnered with Assemblywoman Angela V. McKnight to create Law A1414, The Budgetnista Law, which made it mandatory for financial education to be integrated into all middle schools in New Jersey. I’m also the author of The One Week Budget, and the Live Richer Challenges, both of which are best-sellers, and I’m in the process of launching my newest book, Get Good with Money, which is already an Amazon-best seller.
I am now America’s favorite personal financial educator, and I couldn’t have done it without my family, the community that surrounds me, or the many Dream Catchers who still support me.