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Carrie Kirby

Carrie writes on personal finance, technology, and travel. Her work has appeared in Marin, The Atlantic's CityLab, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best Women's Travel Writing, Vol 10.

Latest articles by Carrie Kirby

9 Ways to Use Miles and Points for Holiday Gifts

Most people use their hard-earned credit card rewards for travel. Here's an idea: Why not give your budget a vacation from holiday shopping?

8 Old Holiday Traditions We Can't Believe Ever Existed

Nothing says holiday cheer quite like the Christmas spider.

4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays

The frugal traveler may want to steer clear of these super pricey holiday hangouts. But go ahead and window shop — it's fun!

3 Sources of Fast Cash Besides Your 401K

Life is full of tough decisions. Like, whether it's better to tap your retirement savings or home equity when you need cash.

5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas

Before you travel across the pond, make sure these essentials are purchased and packed.

7 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Medical Records Theft

Hacker attacks on health care databases are on the rise. How safe are your personal medical records?

So You Caught a World Series Home Run — What's It Worth?

Cubs and Indians sluggers will belt more than a few into the stands during the World Series. For the lucky fans who grab one, what's the ROI?

5 Ways Employee Perks Are Good for Business

Work perks keep employees happier, healthier, and more loyal. Find out how.

How Every Woman Can Take Control of Her Finances

Women, don't be another statistic. It's time to forge ahead on these critical money matters, or face retiring in poverty.

How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It

When the finance writer offers you all those car deal add-ons, "No" is usually the right answer. Here's one you might say "Yes" to.

Don't Miss Out on This Easy Way to Pay for Child Care

Child care is expensive. Ease the burden by making use of one of your employer's tax-advantaged perks.

Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?

Ever wonder if you could make a living as an ebook author? Us too! Find out what we learned about it.

Should You Hire a Broker to Buy a Car?

Believe it or not, paying someone to buy a car for you probably won't bust your car buying budget.

Is It Still Smart to Buy an Electric Car While Gas Prices Are Low?

Hybrid and electric cars are facing a bit of dilemma — are rock-bottom gas prices reducing their value?

9 Things You Need to Know About a Home Appraisal

If you're a total newbie to the housing market, a home appraisal is your ticket to paying a fair price.

How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money

For savvy parents looking to teach valuable lessons in frugality, opportunities abound — even in the toybox.

18 Smart Ways to Reuse Your Empty Glass Bottles

Got a bunch of empties sitting in the recycle bin? You can turn that trash into treasure!

How Much Would It Cost to Actually Live Like a Queen for a Day?

You'd need awfully deep pockets to lead a lifestyle fit for a queen.

A Simple Guide to Socially Responsible Investing

We all want to do right and do well. Make a difference in the world as your returns roll in with socially responsible investing.

17 Cheap Ways to Dress Up Your Garden

Give your outdoor living space a little low-cost love this summer. No trips to the home and garden store required.