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Featured – The Frugal Feminista’s List of Brown Girl Personal Finance Experts To Follow

It’s such a delight to featured by other Personal Finance websites, and I am truly honored to be listed as one of the 33+ Brown Girl Personal Finance Experts to follow in 2017 on!

Be sure to check out the other experts featured that include Bola Onada Sokunbi of, Natasha M. Campbell, Sandy Smith of, Lynette Khalfani Cox of over at The Frugal Feminista’s website.

Thank you, Kara for including me in this round-up!

~Melisa Boutin


Scholarship Alert: $5,000 Award for U.S. Citizens, Green Card Holders & Caribbean International Students – The Actuarial Foundation

Scholarship Alert: $5,00 Award for U.S., Green Card Holders, & Caribbean International Student - The Actuarial Foundation

The Actuarial Foundation is offering $3,000 to $5,000 International Association of Black Actuaries (IABA) scholarship award opportunities for U.S. and International Students of Caribbean Origin. The goal of this scholarship program is to support black students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, who are interested in pursuing actuarial careers.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or Canada; or a citizen of any Caribbean or African nation on a United States’ or Canadian student visa.
  • Be admitted to a college or university in the United States or Canada offering a program to prepare the student for an actuarial career
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Application Deadline: May 1st.

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Related:  More Scholarships for U.S. & Caribbean Students

Where To Apply:

For more information on these scholarship opportunities and details on how to apply, visit The Actuarial Foundation IABA scholarship webpage.

Good luck and share this post to spread the word!

~ Melisa Boutin

5 Personal Finance Tips for Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs

5 Personal Finance Tips for Caribbean Women EntrepreneursCaribbean women are reaching new heights. As a group, they are experiencing increased rates of higher education attainment and entrance into professional leadership roles, in the government and private sectors. And like their foremothers, creating businesses, while managing financial responsibilities to themselves and their families.

Over on the Secret Birds Caribbean blog, I had the opportunity to do a guest blog post on these 5 ways Caribbean women entrepreneurs can manage their personal finances.

1. Understand your financial obligations.
2. Manage your personal finances effectively.
3. Self-fund your business, the right way.
4.  Diversify your income, while building your business.
5. Check-in on your money, regularly.

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You can read more of the original post on the Secret Birds Caribbean Blog, HERE.

~ Melisa Boutin


5 Ways To Manage Student Loans As A Millennial Entrepreneur

5 ways to manage student loans as a millennial entrepreneur

Millennials are now America’s largest generation and stand at the forefront of the rapid growth of student loan debt, In fact, we are collectively carrying $1.3 Trillion in student loan debt, right now. It’s no surprise then, that many new Millennial entrepreneurs have to juggle student loan debt obligations drumming up and scaling a new business idea.

Over on I am sharing, how millennials can manage student loan debt as a new entrepreneur, including:

  1. Understand the types and terms of your student loan debt,
  2. Minimize your personal expenses.
  3. Generate income fast.
  4. Barter for services.
  5. Apply for small business prizes and pitch competitions.

5 Steps to Manage Student Loans As A Millennial Entrepreneur

Want to know how I paid off $37,000 in debt in 5 years while, saving for retirement and buying a home? Learn more about the strategies I used HERE

Read the entire article on the Priceless Planning blog, HERE.


Featured – Melisa Boutin on Getting Fit, Fine & Fab with Renee on WDJY FM

Melisa Boutin on Financial Health For Caribbean Millennial Student on WDJY FM Straight Talk Radio

I  am so happy to share the conversation I had with Renee on the Student Financial Health for Caribbean Millennials on WDJY FM.

We talked about how stressful the college journey can be for Caribbean Millennials, especially those who are the first in their family to navigate the college and financial aid system for the first time, and figuring out how to pay for college, without massive debt.

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I also touched on the additional hurdles that Millennials who are Citizens and Green Card holders face when accessing financial aid in the U.S. and shared tips on how to understand the difference between grants, Federal and private student loans and how to minimize and avoid student loan debt.

Take a listen and follow me on Soundcloud to hear more about paying for college, getting rid of debt and getting the most out off your money at
Happy listening!

Melisa Boutin.