Meet the K’s
Hi, I’m Katherine!
Katherine spent her 20s, living paycheck-to-paycheck in London, bickering with her super frugal husband over money. A care-free spender at heart, she traveled the world, obtained her masters degree, and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, all while carrying the weight of student loans on her back. When she and her husband relocated to NYC (newly pregnant), they realized they needed to get their sh%t together and get on the same page now that there would be a tiny human to raise. With nowhere to turn, and no real savings, they discovered the world of personal finance. Katherine paid off over $40k in student loans, had 3 months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund, and was maxing out her 401k, all by the time she welcomed her daughter into the world. Despite this huge financial success, Katherine felt like there were not enough people who had similar lived experiences talking about money in authentic ways. The realization of living debt-free, coupled with concepts like compound interest and how to resist spending on things that do not align with your values, became Katherine’s passion and she loves to put it out in the world. Katherine has since relocated to the suburbs of Boston where she dons many hats: wife, mom of three sweet kiddos, and Director…all while doing her best to live in the present.
Hey, it’s Katie!
Despite a bachelor’s degree in finance, Katie found herself learning a lot of money lessons throughout her 20s. As she started her career, Katie found herself surrounded by professional women to look up to and, being naturally curious, she sought to learn from their success and their failures. As the oldest of three girls, she was used to getting questions from her sisters but now, she was seeking advice from sister-like mentors on how to adult. Over a cup of tea or a glass of wine, she found herself talking careers and money with her mentors, her peers, her friends and her family. At 25, Katie felt clueless when it came to personal finance. Less than 5 years later, she increased her salary by $90k through promotions and job changes, successfully saved $16k on her wedding by negotiating, completed her MBA debt-free and bought a condo with her now-husband in Boston. Living in the city isn’t cheap but Katie has learned to live below her means while still enjoying the things she loves. Through The 411k, she continues to stay curious while sharing her own lessons learned to the next generation of professional women.
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