Financial Advice For Single Moms…Actually For ALL Moms

financial advice for single moms

By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

In this week’s Love Essentially, I feature Emma Johnson, author and founder of Wealthy Single Mommy, who offers financial advice for single moms. But actually, the advice is great for all moms–all women, in fact!

Advice for women intimidated by money and finances, from a ‘Wealthy Single Mommy’

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Terrified is the word Emma Johnson used to describe how she felt eight years ago as a newly divorced mom of two young children.


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“I sat there on my bed one day. I had one baby nursing and another sitting next to me, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how I’m going to pay my mortgage,’ ” said Johnson. “My kids and I are going to be living in our red Subaru.”

It was that fear that sparked Johnson’s mission to help other single moms when it comes to money and finances. Six years ago, Johnson, a New York City-based freelance writer and journalist, created her blog, “Wealthy Single Mommy,” a guide for professional single moms.

Johnson is the author of her new book, “30-Day Kickass Single Mom Money Makeover,” which she described as “the nuts and bolts and dirty recipe for getting your financial life on track.”

“So much of my work is about the internal mindset of what holds us back as single mothers and women,” said Johnson, who grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois. “We have so many societal pressures that tell us to go for safe jobs so that we can focus on our kids, and there’s an assumption that single moms are poor. I say it can be different, but we have to decide that it will be different first.”

Here are Johnson’s nine tips for women who are intimidated by money and finances:

1. Address your single mom money mindset. (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press, the LA Times, and several other publications across the US.)

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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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