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Ben Barlowe

Education Content Writer at YNAB

Ben Barlowe is a personal finance educator, public voice, and writer for YNAB. Ben is one-half of the dynamic duo behind Budget Nerds, a bi-weekly podcast he hosts with fellow YNAB educator Ernie Reppe. Ben also regularly hosts live chats on YNAB’s instagram page and presents YNAB’s habit-building method wherever he can! You’ll also find Ben fluttering around all the many active YNAB communities across the internet. 

Ben started using YNAB in 2013 and joined the team in 2016 as a workshop teacher. Since then, he has become a jack-of-all-trades, doing a little bit of everything for the YNAB team, always with a focus on education. Ben lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, four kids, and giant great dane puppy. When not teaching people about YNAB, Ben loves playing poker, D&D, and board games with his friends. He also loves hiking, swimming, and trying not to break his arm on his Onewheel.

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Financial Freedom, Generosity, and the Power of YNAB: Eric’s Story

This is the story of how Eric A. used YNAB to donate a staggering 60% of their income in the first half of 2023 and found lasting peace and contentment along the way.

How Brian and Leann Got Maui’d: A Second Chance at YNAB

Brian and Leann used YNAB to save for an amazing wedding and honeymoon, but the real win was the way the experience brought them closer together.

5 Unexpected Benefits of Using YNAB

YNAB comes with all sorts of surprising benefits! And you don't have to take our word for it. Hear from real YNABers how the YNAB Method has changed their lives!

4 Habits to Eliminate Second-Guessing About Money

Four habits that will eliminate second-guessing and get you thinking differently about money than everyone else!

What Do Swimming Fins Have to Do With Money?

What getting smoked by an elderly lady in the YMCA lap pool taught me about avoiding comparison.

YNAB vs. Credit Karma

Credit Karma may help you find new debt products, but if you want to change your financial life, try YNAB.

YNAB Revelations: The Power of Intentional Trade-offs

Use YNAB to intentionally weight the trade-offs of every spending decision to build the life you want.

How YNAB Is Like a Smart Gift Card

YNAB gives your money all the benefits of gift cards, with none of the drawbacks.

Can YNAB Keep Your House Clean?

Learn how to use YNAB as a reward system and light up your Fun Money category.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Unexpected Expenses

How some preparation and a small change in your mindset can help you love how you spend your money, even for unexpected emergencies.

There’s No Such Thing as Saving Money

The number one rule of personal finance: you have to save money. Why? What if I told you there is no such thing as saving money?

Top 10 Frequently Asked YNAB Budgeting Questions

You've got budgeting questions, we've got answers. Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions from new YNAB users.