The Preliminary judging panel

Trae Bodge


Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail.

She has appeared on TV hundreds of times; including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide. She has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and FlexJobs. She is a contributor at Woman's Day, Newsweek, and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, MSN, Yahoo Finance, and numerous others.

Trae is co-founder of the media coaching firm, One Take, and the cult cosmetic brand, Three Custom Color Specialists. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences such as FinCon, Alt Summit, and Mom 2.0 Summit.

She loves delicious food, vintage clothing, beautiful art, rocking music, and new places. She spends her free time with her 13-year old daughter, Sadie Mae, her husband, Chris, their guinea pig, Chewy, and family and friends.

You can find her at and @Truetrae on Instagram, Facebook and Twittter.

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