Welcome friends! You’ve made it to the right place for hilarious, smart, financial advice for young women. I’m so happy you found your way here. Let’s get this banger started, whaddya say?! I’ll begin by telling you a bit about me and the blog.

The name’s Amanda Holden, but my pals call me Mandy, Mandicakes, Manderson Pooper, AHol (get it? like JLo but…grosser??) and—you guessed it—Dumpster Dog. Ahhhh yes, ol’ Dumpster Dog, that’s me. What you’re probably not thinking is: For a young and single working gal, that is one darling nickname!!

It’s okay—I love it. The nickname took root during a six-month stint where I didn’t buy food (more on this soon) and it has really stuck, glued to me like day-old bean burrito guts on a Taco Bell wrapper. This easy fusion was surely thanks to my preference for Birkenstocks and half-eaten gyros over stilettos and grooming; scrappiness and creativity over tedium, always. Scrappiness by choice is the very essence of Dumpster Dog, and accordingly, the perfect name for my blog on money!

Why a blog on money? Here’s the deal. Everyone has to learn this finance-y stuff eventually. There is no way around it, ‘less you got a plan to ride some 93-year-old oil baron’s D until his ticker explodes. So, if we are going to do it—if we are truly going to learn these imperative adult/life skills—I figure we might as well have some fun while we’re at it. Talking about finance shouldn’t be so fucking terrible, but it is. I’m starting a blog because I want to make it…not terrible. (Wow, go me!! Shootin’ for the moon!!) That’s why you’ll find my writes served up hot and skanky, with heaping sides of boner and toot jokes. I happen to believe it’s the best (only?) way to learn.

Blog posts will mostly be finance-related, but don’t hold me to it! Ink may spilleth frometh my pen in the form of a love letter to Marshawn Lynch or as in-depth analysis of the latest Weird Al Yankovic album. Humor me? Whatever the topic, I will pull from my range of experiences over the last decade and mix ’em all up to produce a lil’ perspective I like to call Dumpster Dog stew. All sorts of odd parts brine to create my specialty goulash. To name a few:

For almost six years, I worked in the investment industry in San Francisco. Simultaneously, I was a real dumbfuck twenty-something when it came to my own money. (I’m still a dumbfuck sometimes.) I learned a ton from both. After wriggling from the grips of my corporate job, I took a year to travel through the poor, developing countries of Latin America. Witnessing Latin American women at a consistent financial disadvantage enkindled me to move back to my hometown of Portland, Oregon, and create educational material for the demographic I care most about: young women. And that’s where I am now! I currently teach long-term financial planning and investing through presentations and workshops. (They’re fun! If you are interested in setting one up, contact me.)

I’ve got another little somethin’-somethin’ that I hope to share with you soon: Long-form content on investing, for young women. I would love for it to become a book—one with a start and a FINISH—so I can teach you everything you need to know and send you on your merry way. That fancy (read: annoying AF) little pie is still very much in the oven. Since she’s gonna take her sweet-ass time to cook—and because I have zero patience because I am a child—I’ve decided to go ahead and share some of the most timely or thought-provoking ideas here on this blog. Let us not wait to get you ladies a few blistering spoonfuls of Dumpster Dog stew!

More than anything, this blog is just another way for me to create a fun, safe place for women to talk shop. Ask questions! I want you to laugh and learn. I’ll talk about myself plenty, but know that my stories and self-deprecation are nothing more than a strategic educational tool. For example, even though I have blown all my money on Mexican trinkets on like, seven distinct occasions, I really just did it for you guys!! I did it because I knew that there was an important lesson to be learned somewhere in there! Weeee should probably talk about it. Really, babes, this blog is for you, so you should never hesitate to tell me how I can make it better.

Please sign up for the newsletter! You’ll receive gentle, infrequent email reminders to check out new posts—I promise not to treat your inbox like the commode after too much Dumpster Dog stew.  Like I mentioned, these quick, ten-minute toilet reads have been pinched off a longer text that I’m ultimately hoping to publish. If you would like to support me in this journey, the very best thing you can do is follow this blog and give me feedback!

Thank you so much for your support! It means everything.

Much love, The Dumpster Dog

Here I am, hard at work!

Here I am, hard at work!


Sike! This is what I actually look like when I work. People at Jif, plz contact me to discuss sponsorship.

Sike! Here’s what work really looks like. This picture was taken in late spring, for anyone wondering if I wear my fleece penguin PJ’s year-round. Also, no shame snacking on that Dumpster butter straight from the jizz-ar!!


  1. April on December 1, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Yeah, Congrats Amanda! Can’t wait to follow along!

    • amanda.l.holden@gmail.com on December 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you, April! Hope you’re well. Xo

  2. Renee | archivesstyle.com on February 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I’m in desperate need of any knowledge on investing, because I’m saving up money and I want to make it grow faster. I’m from the Netherlands, so I don’t think we have things like IRA, but I will take whatever I can learn from you! And I wonder… why don’t women ever talking about money and investing?