I got to attend an intimate and empowering event called Stacks House. It’s the first-ever financial pop-up with a purpose, to help boost confidence, financial literacy and more. There were financial-expert panelists, Q & A’s, very cool and insta-worthy financial art displays, and most importantly – conversations surrounding the topic of financial empowerment and making money moves.

When women empower each other through discussion, knowledge, and ongoing education, we all become more successful. The panelists were educating us on how we can make all the right money moves from post-grad and beyond! This is a topic I personally wish I had more knowledge on when I was in college. I would spend most of my money on shopping (my biggest spender), going out to eat with friends, outings, bars, and the list goes on. I was having a chat with a cousin of mine and we were talking about “how in the world would we go to LA clubs in a limo during our college days!” – like how did we afford that!! This is something I would absolutely not do anymore. Now as an adult, I find myself being a lot more conscious, mindful, considering the future, and asking myself “Can I live without this?” before making any purchases. Not to say, I have it all figured out. I definitely still have bad habits I can improve on (like Target trips) but I’m definitely a lot more improved than the wild and free spender I was during my college days.

While at the event, I got to learn more about Zelle. With Zelle, you can send and receive money with peace of mind. It’s a fast, safe, and easy way to send money fast to friends, family and others you trust through your trusted banking app – or the Zelle app if your bank doesn’t currently offer Zelle. In short, it makes instances better like traveling, gifting, and everyday circumstances.

When traveling with a group overseas, Zelle can help with splitting costs. If I would’ve known about this app last Summer when I went on my Euro-trip with a group, it would’ve made mine and my groups splitting costs so much more easier and smoother. Another way I find this app effective for me, is when I gift family members. Coming from a big family, it seems like there are birthdays almost every month. I find gifting money is better than buying something at times, not only because I get to keep track of my gifting expenses as opposed to trying to remember receipts, but they get to spend it on whatever they want, or save it to make room for even bigger and better things in their life, which makes me feel better about my spending on gifting. 

I’m at the stage in my life, where I’m looking to buy my first home. This financial expertise experience couldn’t have been anymore perfect for me, I took key points with me to work on and to give me the freedom to live my best life. From any stage – renting an apartment with roommates to buying a home, it’s important to have conversations about taking charge of our finances and tools that help us improve our everyday life.

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Zelle and the InfluenceHer Collective. All words and opinions are my own.

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