W+M 019: An Interview with Bridget Eastgaard
Bridget is a personal finance online entrepreneur at MoneyAfterGraduation.com. She writes brutally honest personal finance blog posts and creates high-value products for millennials, some of which are absolutely FREE and are what she used to get her personal finances in line. In this episode Bridget walks us through how to negotiate for more money (handout included below for your next negotiation), either at your current job or your new job. We also pose the question of grad school and even just undergraduate degrees and whether they are worth the investment. Bridget’s perspective is fascinating and refreshing to hear someone speak with opinion and in such an honest way even though the topic may be slightly controversial.
Listen to the Show:
What we talk about:
- Introducing Bridget and Money After Graduation
- How and why she left her "really cool job" to take Money After Grad full-time
- Earliest money memories and biggest mistake
- The Problem with the Bootstrapping Millennial Martyrdom Complex
- The Medium blog post she's referencing
- Negotiating tactics to use to earn more money
- Get the printable guide outlining all of Bridget's great advice! (below)
- Talking about if grad school is worth the cost
- Bridget's solution for fixing higher education
- Bridget answers my Quick and Dirty Q&A
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“I remember learning what compound interest was when I was 9 years old and calculating it by hand how long it would take me to buy a new video game system.”
“I think we can get so caught with fighting with each other that we’re not going to address the large-scale economic issues that are genuinely impacting millennial success with their finances and their careers.”
"Your current job is the easiest place to get more money."
"The best opportunity is to get paid more money for something that you're already doing."
"It's a negotiation, it's not a war."
"It you're willing to be uncomfortable for 20 minutes it can end up being a huge payout."
"Our expectations are too high for what university or college education gets for us."
"Our society is set up in a way that disadvantages people unnecessarily because of old ideas."
"Being scared of the stock market... That's the most expensive fear you'll ever have."
"Always invest a portion of what you earn, no matter how small I don't care if it's $5 a week, putting that away and growing that through savings and in the stock market is really the only way to use your money appropriately. If you do that then you're allowed to buy whatever you want with the rest of it."