Stretching a Small Income Paid Off Big

We checked in with Tina Huang and Mickey Pentecost, 2006 cover models of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, who discussed their savings strategies.


Our April 2006 cover couple, Tina Huang and Mickey Pentecost, were newlyweds in their mid twenties who were just starting their careers. Mickey was a PhD student in microbiology at Stanford University, and Tina was establishing herself as an actress. They discussed their strategies for stretching a limited income in the San Francisco Bay Area—including sharing a used 2001 Honda Civic.

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.