Meet our 2014 America's Smartest Shopper!
Ashley Wright, from Glasgow, Kentucky, wowed our judges, editorial team and America with her smart strategies.
Meet our judges! These four experts are some of the top money-saving pros around. Watch their smart-shopping videos for inspiration for your own entry.
Trae Bodge, RetailMeNot
Trae is a savings expert and senior lifestyle editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot
, an online magazine developed by the digital offers destination RetailMeNot. As a writer and broadcast personality, Trae shares her expertise and insights on topics ranging from budget-friendly holiday gifts to shopping tips and frugal hacks. She’s been featured as a consumer-spending expert on media outlets such as the Today show, Steve Harvey, CNN, HLN and FOX.
Crystal Paine, Money Saving Mom
Crystal is an author, business consultant, speaker and the founder of Money Saving Mom
, one of the top personal finance blogs on the web. Through her blog and books (Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore Your Passion for Life and The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget
), she seeks to encourage families to "live simply, save aggressively and give generously."
Kristen Bellstrom, MONEY
Kristen is senior editor at MONEY magazine and money.com
, where she covers topics such as shopping, travel and consumer tech. Her mission is to provide smart strategies for cutting costs, finding deals and evaluating which purchases are really worth your cash.
Teri Cosenzi, Beautiful Makeup Search
Teri is a savvy beauty expert and the creator of Beautiful Makeup Search
. As a busy mom to four, she’s committed to finding makeup and skincare products that simply work and work well. For more than 13 years, she’s brought the latest and greatest in makeup and beauty news, reviews and tips to the web. She lives, dreams and blogs beauty!
To earn the crown, Ashley shared how she earned points from her insurance company's wellness program by running her first half marathon and was rewarded not only with new healthy living habits, but also enough Amazon gift cards to purchase a laptop for only $8 out of pocket. Plus, using smart-shopping apps, a strict monthly budget and tips from couponing blogs, she paid off $30,000 in student loans in just three years, with enough left over to donate to others. Congratulations, Ashley!
Watch the announcement on the Today Show
The rest of the finalists
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