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Erin Lowell

Lead Educator at YNAB

Erin is a former choir teacher turned budgeting teacher, who manages the small but mighty team of educators at YNAB. She is always looking for ways to get people excited about budgeting, because budgeting actually is really exciting. 

Erin started working at YNAB after using it to pay off the credit card debt she racked up during a long and unnerving period of home renovations on her old farmhouse. Over the course of her time at YNAB she’s taught over 100,000 people how to budget (which is roughly the size of the entire population of Green Bay, Wisconsin). She lives in Maine with a small collection of cats and a dog named Charlie. When the weather cooperates, she hikes the Appalachian Trail, and hopes to complete the entire trail someday. In the winter when the weather isn't so nice for hiking, she quilts for charity. 

Erin’s favorite rule is Rule Three: Roll With the Punches, because she loves changing her mind.

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Emergency Fund 101: How To Save For a Rainy Day

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Cost Cutting With YNAB Reports

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4 Myths of Meal Planning—Busted

Meal planning doesn't have to be complex, tedious, or time-consuming. Check out the plan that saves a family of four $188/month in groceries.

How Much Should I Budget for Eating Out?

When you're trying to budget a reasonable amount for eating out, what's realistic? Here's a better framework for deciding.

How to Get a Month Ahead With Your Budget

How do you get a month ahead with your money and live on last month’s income? Here's how to break free from paycheck to paycheck stress.

Can I Afford a Car? What the Calculators Won’t Tell You

Wondering how much car you can afford? Sure, you can use a calculator based on averages, but it doesn't tell you the whole story.

YNABing When You’re Barely Getting By

Learning how to budget when you're broke is a daunting prospect. Gain control over your spending regardless of how much money you have.

How to Set Up YNAB to Manage Your Business Finances

Every business needs a plan. Learn how to set YNAB up with helpful suggestions from a small business owner.