Interview with Amanda Steinberg from Daily Worth

by Kelly · 5 comments

in Money & Spending

DailyWorth is a free, daily email about personal finance and business for women. I was able to ask Amanda Steinberg, founder of Daily Worth, some questions via email. They say:

Our tips cover saving, spending, earning, investing, taxes, business, entrepreneurship, professional development, financial feminism and lots of other things.

Sounds good to me!

Why did you start Daily Worth?

I’m an entrepreneur, not a finance guru. By the time I was in my late twenties, I was making upwards of 100K. When I turned 30, I realized that I had nothing to show for it. I hit a breaking point: I was deep into 60-hour work weeks, and I still wasn’t making ends-meet. To make matters worse, I’ve fought off debt and overspending my entire adult life. While I make a respectable income running my own business, I have been blissfully unaware when it comes to money. I was living life under the assumption that, if I made more money, I’d have more money. And so I started The more I spoke about this to my girlfriends, the more I realized that it wasn’t just me. That this was a problem for most women.

Where did the idea for the name “DailyWorth” come from?

I believe that money issues are rooted in our psychology — our self-worth. Few women I know can calculate their net worth. So, as you can see, I am fascinated by this notion of “worth.” And as for the word “daily,” I believe we need daily nudges. Studies show that people are able lose more weight when they weigh themselves daily. Why should wealth-building be any different? So, there you have it — daily reminders about your self worth and net worth: DailyWorth.

What area of personal finance interests you the most (frugality, budgeting, investing…)

(What about “earning?!”) Personally, I think budgeting most interests me because I am horrible at it! The process overwhelms me. I love new clothes. My eyes are too big for my stomach. It’s a problem. I toy with budgets but never actually implement them.

Do you consider yourself to be good with money?

  • I pay my bills on time 90% of the time.
  • I’m saving small amounts in my 401k every month.
  • I am FINALLY paying off my credit card balance every month.
  • I hired an amazing bookkeeper for my small business.
  • I hired a very frugal assistant to help me run my companies.
  • In starting DailyWorth I am learning so much about money and how to handle it.

And I have a way to go. I have a tiny net worth and spend far too much at Target. My goal in the next five years is to improve my net worth by a factor of 10. I still feel as if I’m at the foot of a mountain with a very steep climb ahead.

What is your favorite daily worth email tip? (and from the other contributors?)

When I was in my 20s, I struggled with my weight. My three-year tryst with Weight Watchers and weight loss proved to be a life-transforming event. In “My Weight Watchers Inspired Money Diet,” I wrote about how what I learned from Weight Watchers could also be applied to saving money. For example, on Weight Watchers you have to plan your meals daily. Before making your breakfast, you are encouraged to visualize each meal so you don’t break for a cheese steak out of convenience. Similarly I realized that with money, if I planned my spending every morning, I’d have fewer instances of going over budget.

I’ve cataloged other favorites here: 6 Sample DailyWorth Emails.

The contributors have a wide variety of backgrounds- how much do you believe that financial advice should be holistic and/or multi-faceted?

Yes, holistic in the sense that I don’t think we can separate our finances from our psychology. To that end, our experts are finance experts, psychologists, and journalists great at story telling.

Why a daily email, and not a blog?

Most women don’t want to think about money. We have to think about money. If I’m going to a blog, it’s TMZ, not Kiplingers. You can’t escape an inbox.

Kelly says: I love the idea of receiving a free daily email, with tidbits of money advice to make you think. I think it’s the financial equivelent of receiving the Real Simple quotes of the day!

If you had to give somebody one financial or frugal tip, what would it be?


1 Kasey at Thrifty Lit August 31, 2009

One financial or frugal tip– that's a hard one! The one thing I would tell someone is to become conscious of the difference between a "need" and a "want." Even if you still make "want-based" purchases, knowing that a new leather purse is a "want" is the first step to having control over your spending habits.
.-= Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog´s last blog ..My House… Worth Every Penny! =-.

2 Ben Hebert September 1, 2009

Being a college student who is relatively humble compared to many I have a most difficult time deciding on what I'm going to buy or what I'm going to save. Traditionally I look for things on discount and last summer I lived off of the gift cards that I got for my birthday.

I am glad to see that even when someone was making over 100k a week they did not save anything because it seems like that's how I am right now. Great advice though with the article and a great site @soapbxx. Beautiful seamless design and the pictures do very well to get the message across.

Ben @

3 Imene September 1, 2009

I totally agree with Kasey. The hardest part for me was to distinguish needs and wants. Once that was done it was easier living within a budget
.-= Imene´s last blog ..Cleaning act : Samy's room =-.

4 Nicole September 10, 2009

So I had a phone meeting with this woman this morning about a project we were working on…and I had no idea she started the Daily Worth website! Embarassing but here’s you proving what a small world it is. Nice interview Kelly. I ‘digg’ it!

5 Kimberly @ Gift Card May 5, 2010

This is a great story! I’m always trying to come up with new ways to stick to a budget. I’m hoping that one day my budgeting strategies will just fit effortlessly into my daily life, but I’m with you- I think it takes a lot of focus and effort to stay on track. Thanks for sharing!

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