Brian O’Connor is the award-winning, nationally syndicated "Funny Money" personal finance columnist for the
and author of The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese,
from Portfolio-Penguin. In addition to positive reviews, The $1,000 Challenge
was named Best Money Management Book of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy. A 2001 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business at Columbia University, O'Connor also was the founding managing editor of Bankrate.com.