Jackie Cummings Koski grew up in a large family in Aiken, South Carolina, the second youngest of six children. She had a very modest upbringing where money was always tight and finances were always taboo to talk about. Determined not to repeat the shortcomings she witnessed in her childhood, Jackie wanted to further her education and attended Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. In high school, she discovered a passion for writing and believed going to college would help refine that talent and give her a better chance to succeed in life. Working full-time to support herself and pay her tuition, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communications and embarked on her career and road to a better life.
About two years after marriage, Jackie became the proud mother of a little girl, Amber. Through her journey of being a busy, working mom and wife, Jackie discovered a
curiosity for personal finance issues like credit, saving, investing, and other money matters important to her and other consumers. When Amber was about nine, Jackie divorced from her husband of eleven years. Now a single mother, she was challenged to put all her money wisdom into practice. She proved to do extremely well in managing her finances, providing a comfortable middle-class lifestyle for her and Amber, quite a contrast from her own childhood.
Through her new book, Money Letters 2 my Daughter, she shares her self-taught wisdom through a series of letters to her daughter about all things dealing with money and personal finances. The book delivers easy-to-understand advice and guidance on some of the most important financial issues facing consumers today.