I'm Tanza, a Los-Angeles based freelance writer and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. I simplify personal finance concepts and analyze news for mass audiences with the goal of informing and inspiring people to make smart decisions with their money.


I'm fascinated by how and why we make financial decisions, and I love turning to data, research, and experts to help me figure it out. I also frequently turn the pen on myself, writing about my own personal finances in essay form.

I've written two e-books, both published by Business Insider: A Guide to Financial Planners and The One-Month Plan to Master your Money.

I can find the money angle in just about any topic, including real estate, tech, business, and pop culture. I've written stories about Beyoncé and Jay-Z's jumbo mortgage, Meghan Markle's taxes, and Kim Kardashian's net worth. In 2017, I was one of the first to report on the financial lives of sugar babies​.

One of the projects I'm most proud of is Master your Money, a two-year long sponsored multimedia series I helped produce at Business Insider that provides financial tools, advice, and inspiration to millennials. As the project's editorial lead, I wrote features and profiles, developed surveys and analyzed the results, edited contributor articles, hosted roundtable discussions with experts, moderated four live webinars, and designed a 16-week bootcamp-style financial challenge.

When I'm not working, I'm usually eating delicious food with friends and family, watching movies and anything on HGTV or Bravo, reading memoirs and self-help books, and dreaming of where to travel to next.