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Knowing your net worth is a key part of living a financially healthy life. But being in the negative does not mean you're bad with money — it's just a reflection of where your money stands now. Here's how one woman paid off debt and grew her total net worth over a 5-year period.

(*CAD to USD conversions are accurate as of 6/28/2019.)

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Through weekly video essays, "Making It Work" showcases how *real* people have upgraded their personal or financial lives in some meaningful way. Making your life work for you doesn't mean getting rich just for the sake of it. It means making the most of what you have to build a life you love, both in your present and in your future. And while managing money is a crucial life skill for everyone, there's no one "right way" to go about it — you have to figure out what works best for *you,* full stop.

Video by Grace Lee

Based on an essay by Alyssa Fischer
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Video narration by Katie Harrington

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