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3 money-saving tips from Seattle entrepreneur who saved $100K by age 25

Founder of "Her First $100K" launches campaign to fight financial inequality by giving women more resources to save money.

SEATTLE — Born in Tacoma and now living in Seattle, Tori Dunlap quit her corporate job after saving $100,000 by age 25.

Dunlap made the move to launch Her First $100K to fight financial inequality.

She is also an author. Her book, Financial Feminist, is a New York Times Bestseller.

A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Dunlap now travels the world writing and speaking about personal finance, online businesses, and confidence for women.

Dunlap said she has helped more than three million women negotiate salaries, pay off debt, build savings, and invest. 

Online, Dunlap has gained more than 3.5 million followers on social media and more than nine million podcast downloads.

On Sunday, Dunlap stopped by the KING 5 Mornings studio to talk about her three money-saving tips and other recommendations.

Tip 1: Offer yourself grace

Dunlap says if you didn’t have someone teaching you financial smarts early on, you can’t expect to know it all. Give yourself some grace – you’re learning now.

“We’re looking for progress over perfection,” Dunlap said.

Tip 2: Automate everything you can

Dunlap recommended starting by setting up an automated transfer from your checking account to your savings account. This helps build the habit of saving so it feels more natural when you do have more money to save.

Tip 3: Stop spending money on things you don’t care about

Dunlap said you don’t have to stop spending money, but you should prioritize what’s important to you. Figure out what you value and spend money on that.

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