Jenny Kerr is indeed a financial commonsense powerhouse. She is the author of the well-known blog “The Jenny Pincher”. Her story and blogs are a constant inspiration to get proactive with our financial situation. She teaches a variety of financial classes as well. Her mantra is “get out of debt and try to save money”. So if you like the words “wealth building” get in touch with Jenny. I am delighted to post this exclusive interview.
Interviewed by Stephen M. Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeast. Could you briefly introduce yourself?
I’m Jenny Kerr and I am the creator of the website “The Jenny Pincher” where I teach single women how to get out of debt and build wealth.
Talk to us about your blog and boot camp.
My blog has been my best friend and worst enemy over the past fiur years. I started it having no idea how to do anything online except basically check my email. I didn’t have the budget to hire someone to create my website so I spent hours and hours teaching myself how to do everything. It was long and tedious and I made so many mistakes along the way but now I can look back and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished!
My boot camp is a sixteen week program I developed to help women get their finances in shape. Each week, there is a new chapter loaded with tons of information, worksheets and motivational messages to help keep you going on your personal finance journey.
What are your professional skills?
Well let’s see, I’ve done a little bit of everything in my career. I grew up in a family owned business so I got a little taste of how the business world works at an early age and I was drawn to finances. After college, I started out working in the banking industry and have worked in the Insurance Industry, Marketing, Interactive Media and most recently more in technical roles as a consultant. My favorite thing to do is solve problems and if I don’t know how to do something, I just teach myself. It’s a lot more fun that way (smiles).
Describe your passion and best achievement thus far?
My passion and dream has always been to help educate women about money. That motivation and desire is behind everything I do. I think my best achievement so far is teaching myself everything I know about web design and web marketing so I could create a website where I could get my message out. Having people read what I write and tell me they learn something and that I helped them is the best feeling in the world!
Do you teach?
I taught a self-developed continuing education course at St. Charles Community College called “The Basics of Budgeting”. My schedule got kind of hectic and I wasn’t able to commit to teaching in a classroom so now I take my teaching online! My goal is to always educate, teach and help people through my blog posts, newsletter and any time I get questions from readers.
Do you have any mentors or role models to mention?
Nicole Dean is one of my favorite people to learn from. She understands how to get your message out to as many people as possible so I devour anything she writes. I’m always learning so much from her because she has great tips and advice. I’m going to be attending a conference in Atlanta where Nicole will be speaking and I can’t wait to meet her!
Any upcoming projects or plans you would like to disclose?
I’m really excited because I’m going to be launching a webinar series towards the end of February. I can’t reveal too much now but stay tuned to my blog because I’ll be announcing it soon. I’m really excited about this series because I think it will give women a fresh perspective on their money.
What are your leisure time activities?
Hmm.. well I don’t get a lot of down time between work and running my site. But when I do get some free time I’m usually tweaking, researching or finding ways I can reach out and help more women. I try to fit yoga, gardening and Zumba in there too but I spend most of my time working on my business because I love what I do. Like the old saying goes, it doesn’t feel like work when you love what you do!
If you were given all the power, what one thing you would like to change in the financial industry?
I would like to take the pain and confusion out of finance for the consumer. I think most people are intimidated by trying to get their financial act together and if I could just reach out and teach each and every person and let them know that personal finance isn’t about how much money you do or don’t bring in. It’s about taking control of your situation, forming good spending habits and of course spending less than you earn. That is the key to personal finance success!
I got a significant question: Cats or Dogs?
Both! I love all animals and I wish I could rescue each and every one. My first love is dogs but keeping a dog is not very conducive to my lifestyle so I have two cats, Toby and Gina, who of course run the show at my house. Gina was a rescue kitty and I hope to be able to adopt more rescue cats and eventually a dog in the future.
Thank you and I wish you the very best.
For more details about Jenny Kerr visit her website www.thejennypincher.com.