Give Me Back My Five Bucks

About Me

krystalHi, and welcome to my blog! My name is Krystal Yee, and I’m the one and only person who maintains this site.

I started Give Me Back My Five Bucks in February 2007 because I felt like I needed an outlet in which to talk about personal finance issues, and to keep myself honest and accountable for my spending. I am an ex-shopaholic, and I love(d) spending money. Unfortunately, it all caught up to me, and coupled with my daunting student loans, I found myself trapped under a mountain of debt. Sound familiar? Stick around. This blog documents my journey out of debt (where I paid off over $20,000 of debt in 12 months), and into a life of responsible spending and financial independence – all while having the time of my life. :)

Aside from this blog, I also sometimes write on my travel blog, The Frugal Wanderer. You may also know me as a former long-time personal finance columnist at the Toronto Star’s

About this blog

This is a personal finance (PF) blog. I try to keep all of my posts somehow related to my finances in every day life. Among other things, I am interested in budgeting, investing, saving, real estate, being frugal, and smart shopping. I will also dabble in the subjects of fitness and personal well-being, as well as fashion and anything else that I think is interesting.

I encourage open and honest discussion on this blog, as well as constructive criticism. This blog has endured its fair share of rude commenters over the past few years. If your comment is completely inappropriate, I will remove it from the website. But that being said, I’m a fairly tolerant person. I understand that by  having a blog, I am opening myself up to judgement. And that’s cool.

What I’m hoping to create with Give Me Back My Five Bucks is a window into my life. I want to show you how I manage my money every single day, and how money plays an important role in our everyday lives – whether we want to admit to that or not. I will also share my thought processes and feelings, and hopefully a discussion will evolve out of it.

Blog disclaimer

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I am not a financial adviser, nor am I an expert on anything related to personal finance. My posts are a reflection of my life experiences, so please do not make any financial decisions based on what I have said or done.

This blog accepts cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog that are written by me. All advertising and sponsored posts will be labeled accordingly under the ‘contest,’ ‘sponsored,’ or ‘guest’ post categories.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the provider or party in question.

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