Teresa Giudice and Alexis Bellino had to learn the hard way, and so did Robyn Dixon.
As RadarOnline.com first reported, the new 36-year-old Real Housewives of Potomac star filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2013.
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Nearly 2.5 years later, Dixon reveals that she is still recovering from her financial crisis.
"I'm back on track," she told OKmagazine.com. "It's not perfect. It's not where I want it. We are still dealing with repercussions from everything that's happened to us."
Dixon's claims she didn't blow through her money.
"When you hear someone has filed for bankruptcy, people picture people in the casinos just like throwing money in the air," she said. "No, that's not what happened. There are clear reasons why we went through what we went through, and some things we could avoid. Some things we couldn't."
After what happened, Dixon is trying to restructure her life.
"So right now, it's a building process," she said. "You don't recover overnight. But as long as you stay strong and positive, it will all work out eventually."
In fact, she views the whole experience as a learning process.
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger," she said. "Very cliché, but having money when you are young and fresh out college, it honestly means nothing. You don't learn real life until you're actually kind of faced with some kind of struggle or hardship."
"I appreciate everything that I've gone through because I think it's made me a more well-rounded person," she continued.
Now, Dixon is working on her career not only as a housewife, but as a publicist and event manager at TAA PR in Washington, D.C.
"Our office is in D.C., but I am allowed to work from home," she told OK!. "I do go into the office on a weekly regular basis as well."
"In the PR kind of world, you have more meetings out in the field with clients and at site visits," she added. "So I have a very flexible job, which I appreciate as a mother with two kids. I want to be there for my children as well."
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