Hello friends! I’m Katasha and this little corner of the Internet is where I blog about getting out of debt, saving money and building wealth. I truly believe that financial independence is possible for anyone who is willing to work for it, so I started Broke Girl Rehab to document my journey and show the world how it’s done.
First, let’s get something straight – I am not a money expert. In fact, if you were to map out my entire financial history, you would see a lifetime of terrible decisions. Like the time I maxed out a new credit card on a Eurotrip I couldn’t afford, for instance, or the time my landlord called me out for writing “hot checks” – when it came to money, I was a complete mess.
But when my father passed away, everything changed.
You see, my father was terrible with money too. Not only did he hide his terminal illness from his family, but he also failed to mention he was drowning in a sea of debt. While my father struggled through his last days, my brother and I agonized over his finances and battled with debt collectors. The morning of his death, I pleaded with my father’s landlord to extend his eviction notices so we could have enough time to plan a funeral.
The experience was traumatizing, but it taught me a valuable lesson: poverty is a monster that must be avoided at all costs. So, the next day, I left home, found a job and immediately began repaying my own debt.
Three years later, I’m in a better position financially, but wise enough to know I’m only one paycheck away from being dangerously broke. So, I set out on a quest to do everything in my power to become financially independent, and thus, Broke Girl Rehab was born.