About Us

sophisticated spender

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! I wanted to take a second to introduce myself to all of my readers.

I founded SophisticatedSpender.com, a personal finance blog in 2011. We are based in Washington, D.C. and I have been a full-time engineer for the U.S. Government for the past 11 years. Side hustles are my passion. After being motivated by FinCon2016, I partnered with a fellow FinConner to create a side hustle income challenge. One short month later, the side hustle turned into a full brick and mortar business called Sip & Sew Old Town. I also teach Zumba and INSANITY at lunchtime a couple times a week.


The Breakdown.

1.  I’m an engineer.

2.  I went to the Ohio State University.

3.  My degree is in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

4.  It took me 7 years to get said degree (don’t judge).

5.  I’m an awesome landlord (3 units and counting).

6.  I used to be a day trader.

7.  I LOVE Zumba (and food).

8.  I’m a Zumba instructor (during my free time).

9.  I also teach Insanity.

10.  I started this blog on May 16, 2011 (and lost everything and restarted it again, twice).

11.  I am the proud owner of Sip & Sew Old Town.

12.  I LOVE frugal traveling.

13.  I’ve been to over 20 countries and Islands.