Early in her career Stefanie O’Connell was giving her all as an aspiring actress but still found herself treading water financially.
When she faced a sudden (and sizable) dental bill she simply couldn’t afford to pay, she had a budgeting breakthrough moment. It jolted her into a realization: She had to better educate and empower herself when it came to money, or else the cycle of struggle was never going to change.
Fast forward to today, and O’Connell is educating thousands of fellow millennials on being smarter with money — especially when it’s scarce —through her writing, TV appearances and more. The author of The Broke and Beautiful Life advises on how to manage a tight budget, particularly when it comes to affordable travel. Life and Money by Citi caught up with O’Connell recently to tap into her thoughts on getting away for less — while making the most of being there.