Give Me Back My Five Bucks

Not so anonymous anymore

Hi! Well, let me start by introducing myself. My real name (as I’m sure most of you have already guessed) is Krystal, and I’m the one and only who maintains this blog. The picture is of me and my sister in Alaska last year. I’m the one in the maroon jacket (on the right).

I started GMBMFB almost 4 years ago out of frustration. I was frustrated that I was still in debt, and frustrated that none of my “real life” friends wanted to talk about personal finance. I needed support, and I wasn’t getting it. So after months of stalking my favourite PF writers, I felt compelled to start my own little blog. It’s been a long journey. I’ve become friends with so many fabulous people from all around the world, and I’m really excited to still be here. :)

I’ve been blogging “anonymously” since the beginning of this journey (although apparently not very well – what anonymous blogger uses their real first name!?), but there have always been people in my real life who have known about this obsession of mine. And also those who have quickly figured out who I am, because you can probably tell that I’m not very good at disguising anything around here.

I’m sure you’re all wondering why I’m revealing my identity after so many years. Well I have been offered an AMAZING opportunity to become the Toronto Star’s “20-something” personal finance blogger over at Moneyville.ca. My new blog is called 20-something & Change, and I will be covering all sorts of topics – most of which I blog about here as well – but will be more to a general audience and not so much about my money and my personal life. I’m really excited about Moneyville and I hope that you guys will go on over and take a look at all of the other amazing columnists they have on board, and maybe read my work over there as well?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to become a writer. But I haven’t had the dedication or the skill. I remember taking a journalism class in college and dropping out after a month. I couldn’t handle the stress, and I found out that I wasn’t a very good writer/reporter either. So when I started blogging, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. It provides me with a network of people I can interact with, share ideas with, and get and receive feedback instantly.

It was never my intention to become a “professional blogger.” I just like talking to people I can relate to (all of YOU out there reading this). This opportunity just kind of fell into my lap, and I feel very fortunate that I was asked to do it. I can honestly say that I think Moneyville.ca is going to be a big deal in the online personal finance world in Canada. There’s just no other site like it – with so many amazing writers collaborating to make personal finance interesting and engaging to the general public.

Give Me Back My Five Bucks will still live on, and I don’t anticipate any big changes around here. This site is my baby, and I will continue to blog about my own personal finance journey, and my path to financial freedom. So stick around!

P.S. You can also enter to win $10,000 via Moneyville.ca!

Author: Krystal Yee

I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.


Comments

  1. eemusings says:

    Hey Krystal! Nice to 'meet' you – will definitely check out your new column!

    Will you change how open you are about your own finances on this blog?

    My recent post Guest post- How to enjoy a frugal Christmas

    • gmbmfb says:

      No I won't change how open I am. I will probably be more discreet when talking about specific people though, because now there's more of a chance of them wandering in here. :)

  2. eemusings says:

    Hey Krystal! Nice to 'meet' you – will definitely check out your new column!

    Will you change how open you are about your own finances on this blog?

    My recent post Guest post- How to enjoy a frugal Christmas

    • gmbmfb says:

      No I won't change how open I am. I will probably be more discreet when talking about specific people though, because now there's more of a chance of them wandering in here. :)

  3. Rhona says:

    Well hello there! Congrats on your endevors with Moneyville and your new site!
    My recent post Long over due-Meet- Plan- Go Recap

  4. Rhona says:

    Well hello there! Congrats on your endevors with Moneyville and your new site!
    My recent post Long over due-Meet- Plan- Go Recap

  5. Erica says:

    how exciting! cant wait to read your new blog.

  6. Erica says:

    how exciting! cant wait to read your new blog.

  7. airplaneninja says:

    Nice to meet you Krystal!!! I'm excited for your opportunites and am glad you're going to continue this blog. :)

  8. airplaneninja says:

    Nice to meet you Krystal!!! I'm excited for your opportunites and am glad you're going to continue this blog. :)

  9. Cat says:

    Congratulations!! That's amazing Krystal! They chose the perfect person, I'll be reading you over at Moneyville and here of course.

  10. Cat says:

    Congratulations!! That's amazing Krystal! They chose the perfect person, I'll be reading you over at Moneyville and here of course.

  11. jolie says:

    What an exciting new adventure for you!! Congratulations on this big step.
    My recent post Bad Blogger This n That edition

  12. jolie says:

    What an exciting new adventure for you!! Congratulations on this big step.
    My recent post Bad Blogger This n That edition

  13. Nick says:

    Congratulations on that new opportunity! I hope it works out well for you!

    I went over to subscribe to your new blog, and when I add it to Google Reader, it only gives me the first two or three lines of the entry. Is that by design?
    My recent post Guitar Update 2

    • gmbmfb says:

      They might have set it up as a partial feed. I'll ask if I can have it as a full feed, but it might just be set up like that for the entire site.

  14. Nick says:

    Congratulations on that new opportunity! I hope it works out well for you!

    I went over to subscribe to your new blog, and when I add it to Google Reader, it only gives me the first two or three lines of the entry. Is that by design?
    My recent post Guitar Update 2

    • gmbmfb says:

      They might have set it up as a partial feed. I'll ask if I can have it as a full feed, but it might just be set up like that for the entire site.

  15. Cindy says:

    Nice!! Congrats, this is great news! :)
    My recent post Pudding- Airmiles- Cereal- and Gasoline

  16. Cindy says:

    Nice!! Congrats, this is great news! :)
    My recent post Pudding- Airmiles- Cereal- and Gasoline

  17. Amber says:

    Wooooohoooooo!! Go Krystal! :)

  18. Amber says:

    Wooooohoooooo!! Go Krystal! :)

  19. Allison says:

    Awesome, Krystal! I'll definitely be reading your new column.

    PS to Nick, I've had GMBMFB in my Google Reader for quite some time and it always gives me the full post, so I think the problem might be with your settings. Or perhaps you are looking at the digest feed that comes up when you first open the reader? Aside from that I have no help. Sorry.

  20. Allison says:

    Awesome, Krystal! I'll definitely be reading your new column.

    PS to Nick, I've had GMBMFB in my Google Reader for quite some time and it always gives me the full post, so I think the problem might be with your settings. Or perhaps you are looking at the digest feed that comes up when you first open the reader? Aside from that I have no help. Sorry.

  21. SP says:

    Yay krystal! What a great opportunity for you!
    My recent post What are your taxes paying for

  22. SP says:

    Yay krystal! What a great opportunity for you!
    My recent post What are your taxes paying for

  23. Nicole says:

    So nice to really meet you Krystal, and CONGRATS on the new column! Keep up the seriously GREAT work. This support system for those of us wanting to actually talk finance vs. keeping it hidden away is huge in my life, so thank you for being an awesome gal willing to share!
    My recent post My Biggest Monthly Expense

  24. Nicole says:

    So nice to really meet you Krystal, and CONGRATS on the new column! Keep up the seriously GREAT work. This support system for those of us wanting to actually talk finance vs. keeping it hidden away is huge in my life, so thank you for being an awesome gal willing to share!
    My recent post My Biggest Monthly Expense

  25. How awesome, congratulations! I look forward to reading your new blog!
    My recent post Monthly Student Loan Debt Roundup

  26. How awesome, congratulations! I look forward to reading your new blog!
    My recent post Monthly Student Loan Debt Roundup

  27. psychsarah says:

    Nice to "meet" you, and congrats on this great opportunity. They've found a great columnist-given their good judgment, and your recommendation, I'll check out the site.

  28. psychsarah says:

    Nice to “meet” you, and congrats on this great opportunity. They've found a great columnist-given their good judgment, and your recommendation, I'll check out the site.

  29. Just Melissa says:

    What an awesome opportunity for you!! :) Congrats!!!
    My recent post Ikea is always so dangerous!

  30. Just Melissa says:

    What an awesome opportunity for you!! :) Congrats!!!
    My recent post Ikea is always so dangerous!

  31. Lizzy says:

    Congrats Krystal! This is an amazing opportunity :) Make us proud!

  32. Lizzy says:

    Congrats Krystal! This is an amazing opportunity :) Make us proud!

  33. Ella says:

    Congrats Krystal! Nice to "meet" you. :-) I look forward to following your new blog too

  34. Ella says:

    Congrats Krystal! Nice to “meet” you. :-) I look forward to following your new blog too

  35. Spockette says:

    Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading your new column.

  36. Spockette says:

    Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading your new column.

  37. Clare says:

    Congrats on the big reveal! I'm touched that you decided to use the name idea I gave you on Twitter.
    My recent post Masculine Mondays – Nick Seguin and Living Life Hard

  38. Clare says:

    Congrats on the big reveal! I'm touched that you decided to use the name idea I gave you on Twitter.
    My recent post Masculine Mondays – Nick Seguin and Living Life Hard

  39. Rina says:

    Woo hoo!! Congrats!!!

  40. Rina says:

    Woo hoo!! Congrats!!!

  41. Congrats Krystal! Must be very exciting! Hope you also enjoyed your trip at Maui!
    My recent post Montreal

  42. Congrats Krystal! Must be very exciting! Hope you also enjoyed your trip at Maui!
    My recent post Montreal

  43. MoneyMaus says:

    Congrats, Krystal! Great to meet you & enjoy your new endeavors :)

  44. MoneyMaus says:

    Congrats, Krystal! Great to meet you & enjoy your new endeavors :)

  45. Krystal,

    That is great that you did the big reveal!

    It gives more credibility to your blog now that we see you and know you are an actual person!

    Congrats on the new site.

    Let me know if they need any additional writers.

    Thanks.

    Steve
    My recent post Get 2-500 Shoppers Optimum Bonus points when you buy any Pampers Swaddlers OR Cruisers product at Shoppers Drug Mart Ends December 31

  46. Krystal,

    That is great that you did the big reveal!

    It gives more credibility to your blog now that we see you and know you are an actual person!

    Congrats on the new site.

    Let me know if they need any additional writers.

    Thanks.

    Steve
    My recent post Get 2-500 Shoppers Optimum Bonus points when you buy any Pampers Swaddlers OR Cruisers product at Shoppers Drug Mart Ends December 31

  47. livinglargereader says:

    Hi Krystal. Nice to finally "meet" you. Congrats and good luck with Moneyville. :)

  48. livinglargereader says:

    Hi Krystal. Nice to finally “meet” you. Congrats and good luck with Moneyville. :)

  49. Louise says:

    hey Krystal nice to be able to put a face to the name now. Congrats on the blogging job, sounds like a great opportunity and I'm glad your going to keep blogging here as well.
    My recent post Snowball melted a little this week

  50. Louise says:

    hey Krystal nice to be able to put a face to the name now. Congrats on the blogging job, sounds like a great opportunity and I'm glad your going to keep blogging here as well.
    My recent post Snowball melted a little this week

  51. gingercorsair says:

    Woohoo! The mask comes off! Now everyone will know who is facebook-stalking them :) LOL

    Congrats on the new gig :)
    My recent post Review- Jessica Biffi For Addition-Elle Fall Collection

  52. gingercorsair says:

    Woohoo! The mask comes off! Now everyone will know who is facebook-stalking them :) LOL

    Congrats on the new gig :)
    My recent post Review- Jessica Biffi For Addition-Elle Fall Collection

  53. Annie says:

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity. I'm glad you'll still be blogging here, though, but I'm definitely going to check out Moneyville, too. Congratulations, Krystal!!!

  54. Annie says:

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity. I'm glad you'll still be blogging here, though, but I'm definitely going to check out Moneyville, too. Congratulations, Krystal!!!

  55. Saver Queen says:

    Congrats, Krystal! And best of luck with your new adventure. I look forward to reading!
    My recent post Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza

  56. Saver Queen says:

    Congrats, Krystal! And best of luck with your new adventure. I look forward to reading!
    My recent post Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza

  57. nancy aka moneycoach says:

    WOW Krystal — just — WOW. This gave me goosebumps. Fist bump from Yellowknife.
    My recent post If you caught someone stealing from you- what would you do

  58. nancy aka moneycoach says:

    WOW Krystal — just — WOW. This gave me goosebumps. Fist bump from Yellowknife.
    My recent post If you caught someone stealing from you- what would you do

  59. munchkin says:

    nice to "meet" you lol.
    I absolutely love this Moneyville thing! I bookmarked it and will check back often! Congratulations
    My recent post More Goodwill Finds

  60. munchkin says:

    nice to “meet” you lol.
    I absolutely love this Moneyville thing! I bookmarked it and will check back often! Congratulations
    My recent post More Goodwill Finds

  61. Fig says:

    Hi there! Nice to "meet" you! :) Congrats on the blogging gig! :)
    My recent post Worry and Progress

  62. Fig says:

    Hi there! Nice to “meet” you! :) Congrats on the blogging gig! :)
    My recent post Worry and Progress

  63. amy says:

    How exciting for you! Looking forward to checking out Moneyville!
    My recent post Good morning- starshine

  64. amy says:

    How exciting for you! Looking forward to checking out Moneyville!
    My recent post Good morning- starshine

  65. guinness416 says:

    I saw the moneyville post this morning and was excited to have "known" you first. Congratulations and well deserved!

  66. guinness416 says:

    I saw the moneyville post this morning and was excited to have “known” you first. Congratulations and well deserved!

  67. Jessie says:

    I'm a little late in the congratulating – but it's all very exciting. Go you!!
    My recent post So far- so good

  68. Jessie says:

    I'm a little late in the congratulating – but it's all very exciting. Go you!!
    My recent post So far- so good

  69. Penny Frugalista says:

    Great news, congratulations! Looking forward to reading (more) from you.

  70. Penny Frugalista says:

    Great news, congratulations! Looking forward to reading (more) from you.

  71. Congrats!!! This is huge! Nice to put a face to the name now. Now when I see you roaming around in Vancouver, I might say hi! lol =)
    My recent post Analysing Your Debt and Cutting Down on Spending

  72. Congrats!!! This is huge! Nice to put a face to the name now. Now when I see you roaming around in Vancouver, I might say hi! lol =)
    My recent post Analysing Your Debt and Cutting Down on Spending

  73. Laura@nms says:

    Hi Krystal, nice to 'meet' you. Congratulations on your new writing job and good luck, it all sounds great :-)
    My recent post Managing Our Budget- Our monthly budget process and allocating the money

  74. Laura@nms says:

    Hi Krystal, nice to 'meet' you. Congratulations on your new writing job and good luck, it all sounds great :-)
    My recent post Managing Our Budget- Our monthly budget process and allocating the money

  75. quarterlifegirl says:

    So pleased to officially meet you Krystal! Congrats on the new gig!
    My recent post It’s only Tuesday

  76. quarterlifegirl says:

    So pleased to officially meet you Krystal! Congrats on the new gig!
    My recent post It’s only Tuesday

  77. Krystal, Congratulations for the opportunity and I know, you will do the best
    My recent post Writing Anonymously

  78. Krystal, Congratulations for the opportunity and I know, you will do the best
    My recent post Writing Anonymously

  79. Sarah says:

    Congrats on the new writing gig. I'm sure other Canadian readers will be as excited as me to know the new writer is so knowledgeable about everyday problems and how to overcome them through hard work.
    My recent post Day 6- Something you hope you never have to do

  80. Sarah says:

    Congrats on the new writing gig. I'm sure other Canadian readers will be as excited as me to know the new writer is so knowledgeable about everyday problems and how to overcome them through hard work.
    My recent post Day 6- Something you hope you never have to do

  81. TKO from Ontario says:

    I wish you stayed anonymous, always imagined you were hotter w/bigger boobs.
    Anyway, best regards and good luck!

  82. TKO from Ontario says:

    I wish you stayed anonymous, always imagined you were hotter w/bigger boobs.
    Anyway, best regards and good luck!

  83. I'm a bit late with this but wanted to add my congratulations :-) You deserve it!!

  84. I'm a bit late with this but wanted to add my congratulations :-) You deserve it!!

  85. Kay says:

    Nice to meet you, krystal!!

  86. Kay says:

    Nice to meet you, krystal!!

  87. ss4bc says:

    Just found out, Congrats Krystal.

    and if it makes you feel better I used my real first name on my first anonymous blog. :)

    • gmbmfb says:

      Yeah I think a lot of us started our blogs not knowing the "rules" of being anonymous, or maybe not even realizing we'd stick around this long, or that we would be interacting with so many people.

  88. ss4bc says:

    Just found out, Congrats Krystal.

    and if it makes you feel better I used my real first name on my first anonymous blog. :)

    • gmbmfb says:

      Yeah I think a lot of us started our blogs not knowing the “rules” of being anonymous, or maybe not even realizing we'd stick around this long, or that we would be interacting with so many people.

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