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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

12 Surprising Ways to Get More College Financial Aid

College tuition can send you right into a nightmare of debt. But there are ways you can make it more affordable.

It's Now Easier to Get a Home Loan Even If You Have Student Loan Debt — Should You?

Fannie Mae is making it easier for buyers with high levels of student loan debt to getL a mortgage. Sounds great — but is it?

8 Valuable Rights You Might Lose When You Refinance Student Loans

You can refinance your mortgage to chip away at federal student loans faster. But be cautious: It comes at a cost.

These Apps Turn Saving Money Into a Game — Are They Worth It?

These apps promise to gamify your savings and investing, but is gamification really the key to better finances?

These Apps and Extensions Find Online Deals for You — Automatically

To save big bucks while online shopping, you just need to add some plugins to your browser.

7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers

You don't need to drain your budget to enjoy a beautiful vacation in the great outdoors. Get out there!

Everyone's Using Spare Change Apps — Are They Really Worth It?

Micro-investing apps are the modern-era change jars. Can they really help boost your finances?

6 Things You'll Encounter When Taking Over a Loved One's Finances

Chances are most of us will eventually have to manage our parents' money. It's not as easy as it looks.

How Long Does It Take to Break Even With an Electric Car

Electric cars come with rebates, fuel savings, and ... a premium price tag. How long will it take you to break even?

How to Cash In On Getting Bumped From a Flight

Nobody wants to get bumped from a flight, unless there's a way to make some serious cash from it.

12 Times Your Credit Card Has Your Back

In times of trouble, your best resource could be right in your pocket. Yes, your credit card totally has your back!

2017 Tax Day Freebies and Discounts

Who knew Tax Day would be filled with freebies and discounts? You do now! Make April 18 a little more fun by hitting up some of these Tax Day offers.

Where to Take Your Batteries, CFL Bulbs, and Other Hard-to-Recycle Stuff

Have a junk drawer filled with loose batteries? We all do. Here's how to get rid of those — and a lot else — the right way.

7 Signs Your Takeout Habit Has Gone Too Far

If your go-to dinner plan involves opening your GrubHub app, your takeout habit has probably gone too far.

10 Ways to Get Over Jet Lag and Enjoy Your Trip

Don't let jet lag ruin your vacation! These tricks will have you up and at 'em right from the start of your far away vacay.

Architect, Designer, or Contractor: Who Should You Hire for Your Project?

So you have a home project you've been wanting to tackle. Here's how to decide if you need a pricey pro.

23 Recipes for Slime Your Kids Can Make — and Even Sell!

Slime is the cool new trend among kids, so why not show them how to make it and then sell it?

18 Ways Being Too Nice Is Hurting Your Wallet

You will certainly catch more flies with honey, but you won't necessarily have more money.

13 Businesses Your Tween Can Start

Who says you need to be an adult to create a successful side hustle?

13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb

Ever wonder what it's like to list your place on Airbnb? Here's the real story.