About Me

Hello, my name is Ryan Mei.

Professionally, I have been working in big data for the past seven years, at Liberty Mutual, Red Bull, BuzzFeed and now Facebook. If you don't know what that means, just picture a lot of numbers and charts. One thing I love about my profession is the ability to break down numbers to tell a story. If you have read any of my posts, you can probably sense that in the writing.

Personally, my wife and I both graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012. We worked hard to tackle our debt, and still managed to take vacations in between.



2013 - Paid off $8k in student debt from undergrad, $4k in credit card debt, and purchased an engagement ring.

2014 - Paid off $18k in a car loan, and another $12k in student debt from undergrad.

2015 - Paid off $25k for our wedding, and bought a house in Los Angeles.  

2016 - Side hustled on Airbnb, and renovated the backyard DIY style.

2017 - Paid off $55k in student loans from graduate school.

2018 - Bought our second L.A property.


only here to share my personal experience, never preach

At Dollars and $ense LA, I only show you what I did or what I'd do. 

My goal is to help anyone, who's willing to listen, to improve your personal finance, by taking you on my personal journey to financial freedom, while dealing with the common struggles here in LA.  I truly hope my blog can inspire you to make better financial decisions, and to live a more purposeful life.

Feel free to ask me any questions and share your story! I would love to hear from you. I am open to inquires and collaboration projects.