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About Real Money Answers

Ever had a financial question and just wanted a simple, practical and easy to implement answer?

Patrice2I have too!

I’m Patrice C. Washington and that's why I created RealMoneyAnswers.com.

I don't believe we (bloggers, writers or even "experts") should make the subject of money any harder than it has to be for you (everyday people who just want to make better choices and get better results).

There are so many money do’s and don’ts out there, it’s simply exhausting trying to keep up. It seems like folks have abandoned common sense and forgotten about why it is they became “money gurus” in the first place. They sit in their homes on the hill, running their mega empires and suggest tools and strategies that either aren’t enough OR the average person can’t understand and therefore, obviously can’t implement.

I knew cutting coupons wasn’t enough to create the legacy that I wanted to leave for my daughter.

I vowed that if I were ever blessed with the opportunity to share my financial and business wisdom again, I would do 3 things:

Always keep it real. I would tell the truth. I would be transparent about my own journey, my own struggles, my own steps to rebuilding my life brick by brick.

Always provide high content and high value. I would give people the tools and resources necessary to make progress. Not bait and switch them. Not serve them a bunch of fluff and then sell them on my next BIG thing.

Always leave them better than I found them. Be the source of light and hope you need when you’re wandering through and trying to connect the dots for your finances or business. Be encouraging, empowering, upbeat and fun. Because when resistance is down, learning goes up.

I’m proud to say that I’ve kept my promise. Here I am sharing with an audience of 6,000 recently.

Oh, wait! You’re probably wondering why I said “if I were blessed with the opportunity again,” right?

Let me go back.

I started my movement to move the masses from debt management to money mastery and to teach people how to prosper using their God-Given gifts because it’s what I needed when I lost everything.

When my 7-figure business crumbled in 2008, I wanted help.

No, I needed help – desperately.

I needed to rebuild my finances.
I needed to rediscover and reconnect to my purpose.
I needed to reinvent myself in the marketplace.
I was ready and open to being transformed.

But when I reached out for help, what I got more often than not was:

People who claimed to be experts, coaches or gurus who charged tons of money, but didn’t have tons of proof of success in their own lives or in the lives of REAL clients.

A lot of fluff – rarely facts.

Super fun events that made me feel good, but left me with no information or practical strategies I could implement in my life based on where I was in my journey.

I was tired of gurus who said that Starbucks was why I wasn’t hitting my financial goals each year or that if I spent more time cutting coupons or budgeting ferociously, my financial life would miraculously change for the better.

Most people who identify with me are NOT spending money trying to keep up with Kardashians, Joneses or anyone else.

They’re not out buying “Red Bottoms” and splurging on lavish getaways to the Caribbean. They are hard working mothers and fathers who have been trying to set financial goals and make better decisions for themselves and their family for years. They’ve invested time and energy into the books and seminars, but still keep coming up short and aren’t leaving with the real money answers that meet their needs. . . until meeting me, of course. ;)

Today I’m known by millions as The Money Maven, “America’s Rising Star in Personal Finance.”


I’m the Founder and CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, a boutique personal finance consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA where I not only create practical products and programs that help individuals and families reach their financial goals, but I also work with Fortune 1000 brands and institutions to create relatable personal finance content and curriculum.

Each week my advice is heard by millions who listen and love the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning show during my “Real Money Answers” w/ Patrice C. Washington segment.

I’m the best-selling author of three books on personal finance and I’m most proud when I receive e-mails from men and women who say my writing has changed their life.

Beyond books my work has been highlighted in hundreds of magazines and websites over the years. I’ve been featured in everything from Ebony, Essence and Upscale Magazines to being a featured writer for sites like The Huffington Post and BlackEnterprise.com.

I’ve appeared multiple times on NBC, The Steve Harvey Talk Show, Bloomberg TV and the Dr. Oz show, as well as been interviewed by Forbes and SUCCESS Magazine.

And on top of all of that, I’m a wife to an amazingly supportive husband and the mother to an amazing kid known in social media as the #MiniMoneyMaven.

It’s all a been a wonderfully humbling, gratifying and fulfilling experience, but at the end of the day, the only reason I do what I do is to help you live and leave a legacy that matters. I want you to have the life you desire and deserve and quite frankly, I believe mastering money is the key to making that happen.