Robin Hartill, CFP

Robin Hartill

Expertise: Saving, Earning, Managing money
Title: Personal Finance Writer
Education: University of Florida
Location: St. Peterburg, Florida


  • Expert in retirement planning, investing, and basic money management habits
  • Received her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification in Florida, where she now resides
  • Has written and edited content about making, saving, and managing money for a variety of publications since 2016


Robin Hartill is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) who writes and edits personal finance content, specifically regarding money management, investing, and retirement planning. Robin currently leads The Penny Hoarder's personal finance advice column, "Dear Penny." Through this platform, she answers the money questions of everyday readers. Topics she covers include everything from paying off a mortgage to making up for lost time when saving for retirement. She has also contributed to The Motley Fool, The Balance, and the Tampa Bay Times, decoding the jargon often associated with money, and making complicated topics easy to understand.

Robin first started writing and editing in 2014, and later became the managing editor for Observer Media Group—a multimedia company based in Sarasota, Florida. In 2016, Robin decided to dedicate her time to teaching people about personal finance. She is based in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Robin received a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida.

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