Five Years of Writing About Money: The Future of Half Banked

I started Half Banked in the middle of the summer of 2015, which makes this summer—next week, to be specific—the five year anniversary of the day I sat down to figure out how I was going to afford my life over the next five years. 

That was the day I realized it was going to be heckin’ expensive, and decided that the only sensible thing would be to write about it on the internet as I figured it all out.

Well friends, I can safely say I did it: I did the things I wanted to do when I opened that Excel spreadsheet five years ago and had my small panic that things were going to be so expensive

I bought the house I saved up for, got married to the guy who’s been by my side and putting up with me spending every free hour on the site the whole time, survived a DIY renovation project, and did it all on a budget.

Along the way, I learned a lot about how to make finances work with your life, and adapted my own views on the “personal finance rules” over time. As that happened, Half Banked shifted from just my personal journey to a place where I wanted to help other people learn the things I was learning.

And I feel like I did it with you, whether you’re new to the blog or have been reading for years. I’ve been so lucky to connect with so many people, and I want you to know that I read every email, every kind tweet, and all of your comments. 

That’s why I wanted to be the one to tell you that there’s another exciting shift coming to help you with your finances over the next five years. 

As of today, Half Banked is officially part of Wise Publishing, the team that runs and 

I’m not saying you should ever take life advice from The Kissing Booth 2, but I will say that when I watched it over the weekend, Elle’s attempts to write about where she sees herself in five years really resonated with me.

Five years ago, I started Half Banked with a clear goal and a clear vision of where I was going. When I look at the next five years, I’m not as sure what they look like. What I do know is my focus isn’t really on personal finance anymore.

That’s why when Wise Publishing reached out, I knew there was a too-perfect-to-pass-up fit, based on what I’ve always tried to do with Half Banked: Make personal finance more approachable to more people. 

Their focus is on doing exactly that, with an amazing full-time team dedicated to that mission. As I’ve spent time with them, I’m beyond convinced that they’re the right people to carry on that work, and that’s why I’m so excited to be putting Half Banked in their capable hands.

What does this mean for you, and for the site?

For now, not much will change! Half Banked will still exist here for now, and you’ll be able to find even more great content on and to help you manage your money and live a life you love at the same time. 

You can also still grab the One Minute Budget or Zero to Investing Hero (the free investing course I wish had existed when I started out!) to kick-start your personal finance journey.

I’ve always known that personal finance wasn’t going to be something I focused on forever, and that Half Banked was a side project dedicated to learning what I needed to learn. I’m so excited that the Wise Publishing team will be focused on helping you keep learning. I’ll be contributing on a freelance basis along with other amazing writers, so you’ll hear from more than just me going forward!

To anyone who has ever visited Half Banked, whether today is the first time or you’ve been around since I was bad at being “anonymous,” thank you for joining me on this journey, and I wish you as much success as you can handle on yours. I know that MoneyWise and the financial stories they create will help you get where you want to go even faster.

PS. I do still exist elsewhere on the internet, if you’d like to stay in touch personally! I’m at @desiraeo on Twitter and Instagram, and is my professional website and a total keeper of a domain, you’ll be able to find me there forever.