Aleks Nokolic


She says: “[I’m a] 26, Lawyer, and runs the personal finance community @brokegirlwealth… I started investing after being broke (a long time after that actually.) I acquired a credit card I didn’t know how to use responsibly at a very young age and racked up some debt. If you can imagine being 18 or so, with around $3,000 in debt and working a retail job. That sum felt insurmountable. That freaked me out – and it made me realise I wasn’t as smart as I thought. After paying it off as soon as I possibly could, I got really into personal finance (thank you #debtfree on instagram!) From there, I was hooked. You can retire in your 30s? You can live off dividends?
Why had nobody taught me this in school?
When I realised that some people were taught this – around their dinner tables, I felt this sense of responsibility. Personal finance is this inescapable illiteracy that we allow to proliferate in society because we think money is just something people ~understand~. It’s not.
No one came out of the womb understanding a PE ratio or the meaning of NAV so lets please stop treating people like they’re idiots for not understanding how to budget or or save when the entire narrative in society is the opposite.
Money is a tool but for a lot of people it comes loaded with trauma, with scarcity, with shame. @brokegirlwealth tries to be a safe place to everyone to ask questions. No question is ‘dumb’ – you just haven’t learnt it yet.”