Hey #MoMoneyPosse! It’s our Financially Fab Female of the Month! In this series, we show off the stellar women (and men!) who live by example to show us all how to make mo’ money and manage what we’ve got.
This month, we’re featuring Lucie Fink, an associate producer and on-camera talent at Refinery29 who, after moving to New York, leveraged her side hustle to pay her bills. Now this is a fab female who understands the power of Instagram and social media! Lucie is a stop-motion artist who embraces (and monetizes!) her creative side with contracts to create and produce videos for companies like The Today Show, GoButler, Wrap.Me, and Printed.com, just to name a few.
We asked Lucie to share with us some of her biggest money life lessons!
1. Hi! Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Lucie Fink, I’m 23 years old, and I’m a video producer, stop motion artist and on-camera lifestyle host at Refinery29.
2. Do you have a money habit that you practise that has made a big impact on how you made mo’ money or manage what you’ve got?
YES! Shortly after graduating from Johns Hopkins and moving to the “real world” of NYC, I realized that I needed a side hustle — a creative outlet that would allow me to make art, build a personal brand and bring in some side cash. Via my Instagram account (@luciebfink), I launched a side business where I create stop motion videos for brands to share on social media – and now my Instagram feed pays my rent!
3. Who taught you to manage your money? What was their best advice?
My parents taught me about the importance of saving, and they set a great example. They saved up for 16 years after getting married, and didn’t have children until they had saved enough to put all three of us through college with no debt. They have also taught me the value in “treating myself” and constantly encourage me to buy myself something nice when I’ve worked hard for it.
4. What does being “financially stable” mean to you?
To me, being “financially stable” means having the ability to grab a drink with my girlfriends on a Thursday night without worrying that I’m overspending. After I receive a paycheck, I put a certain amount in my checking account and the rest goes to savings — it’s important for me to remember that the money in my checking account is the money I’ve set aside to spend. I’m allowed to spend money as long as I stay on track and don’t overdo it.
5. What is the main lesson that you think Millennials need to learn, or hear about, when it comes to making mo’ money and mo’ progress?
As I mentioned in my “5 Days on a $50 Spending Budget” video, life is expensive. Sometimes, it’s the little things that get you (last-minute drugstore necessities, a coconut milk latte from Starbucks, etc.). If you plan on budgeting, don’t do so to restrict the amount of money you’re spending, but do it rather to become more aware of how you’re spending your money, and to find subtle ways that you can save across all areas of your life. And don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while! If you’re working hard, you deserve it – and most often, you’re the only one who TRULY knows what you want!
Check out some of Lucie’s awesome stop-motion videos! Here are some of her faves:
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