My name is Stephanie Vaught, founder of Social Money Finance.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
At my core, I love encouraging people and helping them realize the power within themselves. I also love curating environments that allow for connection and community, as well as exploring other cultures and being a student of people and life.
I created Social Money Finance because I realized there was a gap in the marketplace - specifically among GenX - especially Gen X Women. No one was talking to us about our money! Many GenXers want to get their finances in order and build wealth for themselves and their families.
I specialize in money management because it is a necessary component to building and sustaining wealth. I help you identify your money mindset and let go of any limiting beliefs or unproductive money habits and behaviors that are holding you back from the life you want.
Your current lifestyle is a direct reflection of your money mindset and money habits. Any changes you wish to make must start with the way you think about and treat your money.
I'm here to help you level up.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I attended Detroit Public Schools, received a B.A. in Political Science Pre-law from Michigan State University in 2000, and earned a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007. My career and background is in legal research and writing, contract construction, and advocating on behalf of communities.
In 2009, while still in the legal field, I became profoundly interested in personal finance – mostly because I wanted to learn how to manage my money and never feel as broke as I did in law school! So, I read everything I could and taught myself budgeting, money management, and optimal money mindset principles.
In 2015, I got an opportunity to honor my new passion and work in the personal finance industry. I trained to become a certified financial coach and provided financial coaching and education to thousands of people across the country for more than 4 years.
Furthermore, through hundreds of discussions with my Gen X peers, I realized that many of us never learned financial literacy growing up. As a result, we likely made unwise financial decisions, and now find ourselves working hard to recover from those choices while feeling stressed and uncertain about our financial future.
Therefore, in 2018, I founded Social Money Finance to help alleviate the uncertainty and provide a road map of effective money management principles to help Gen X Women expand their financial knowledge, improve money habits, and fulfill their financial goals.
My goal is to help you to lean into your power, put your financial future front and center, and build a life you love.
"When you learn better, you do better. You make more confident decisions with your money and position yourself for long term success." - Stephanie Vaught, J.D.
My purpose on this earth is to help you build a life you love.
A life that includes Freedom. Independence. Health. Wealth. - a mantra I developed years ago.
I believe that the way forward and to that life is through your money.
Specifically, effective money management.