Women of personal finance spotlight: Nina Smith of Queercents here to answer your questions

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For this entire week (9/2 - 9/7) Nina Smith from Queercents will be answering questions in our forums about personal finance, real estate, and group blogging!

Nina is one of the most media savvy bloggers around.  I'm personally looking forward to asking her about how she's able to get such great press on the New York Times, Bankrate.com, and Entrepreneur magazine.

This interview is part of Wise Bread's spotlight on the Women of Personal Finance.  At the end of the interview period we'll publish the best questions and answers from the forum interview and post them on the homepage.   If your question gets picked we'll include a link back to your blog. 

Joing our chat with Nina today!

About Nina Smith

Blogs: Queercents, Sitting Pretty

Blogger: Nina Smith

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By day, Nina sells software, but her real estate investments have grown to become a significant part of her financial plan. She has owned and lived in four homes from varied eras (three of which she upgraded and sold for tidy profits, one she occupies now). She also owns three investment properties and sold a fixer a few years ago in Palm Springs. 

Nina is the founder and fearless leader of Queercents, a syndicate of personal finance writers serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. But you don't have to be part of the LGBT community to benefit from Queercents.  As Trent from The Simple Dollar once pointed out:

Although it’s awesome that they’re targeting such a specific audience, the truth of the matter is that Queercents is just a great personal finance blog, period. The writing is amazingly strong on a daily basis and I find the advice highly applicable to my own life as a heterosexual white Protestant living in rural Iowa.

Check out the great content on Queercents and find out why Trent has such high praise for its writing:

  • WWYD: as in What Would You Do
  • In Search of Gay Money: Queercents reprints advice from straight columnists by swapping out pronouns and a few other words to make it seem like the whole world is queer.

Please drop by the forum and have a chat with Nina today.

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Nina, you rock!

I've been on computer silence for a week of vacation last week- surprised to be the first commenter here.

Queercents is not just a GBLT finance blog- it hits on topics relevant to everyone. Don't be ascared to try out her site, folks. The Gay Police won't come after you just from lookin' at a little ole' finance blog!

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I work for a "big box" company, getting less pay than what should be paid to hard working people. Most know that this company that I work for, pays better to the men that are doing the samething that I am.
We also know that they have a "favorite" and a "non-favorite" list of people. Those on the non-favorite list are treated with less respect than those who are on the "favorite" list.

With that said; I would like to know how one can save any money?

I never had to use their insurance or take any type of prescriptions, until last year, when I had 4 major surgeries. I now am on their insurance plan, which is an 80/20 co-pay.
My bills run about $150.00 a month for prescriptions. Doctor visits and Therapay are even more.

I make $9.05 an hour, and stand 8 hours a day, five days in a row before I get two days off. There are ways that I have taken to help save on food stuff, and gas for the car...but for the most part, there is no other money coming into my household as I am single now, and am 62.

I have worked for this "big box" company for 5 years. Two years full time.

After I pay my rent, car payment, credit card(s) (I have two, for the meds), utilities, there just isn't a whole lot left to even start living, I feel like I now "exist", and not actually live.

I have gone to every major source for help, most don't have the funds, others just keep "passing the buck".

I use coupons, pick up cans from the road ditiches, every little thing that I can think of to get just a little extra. I do have a very small 401K through work, but to think that I may retire one day.......I think not.

I would like to go back to school, I want to know how to put up a web site, but no money and the nearest school(s) offering are either out-of-state, or 50 plus miles down the road.

That is my life in a "nut-shell" so far.....if someone, anyone has more ideas, I want to hear them.