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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

What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay

When your hotel room is terrible, you know who to call. Who do you call when your Airbnb stay is awful?

7 Things You Need to Know About Prescription Drug Coupons

Prescription drug savings? There's a coupon for that! Just make sure you're up to speed on the finer print, first.

7 Famous Houses From Film and TV You Can Buy

These homes are as famous as the stars who "lived" in them. And you can live in one, too!

6 Ways to Be a Good Guest When You're Broke

Just because you have zero dollars doesn't mean you can't contribute in other ways. Be thoughtful and kind and they'll always invite you back.

12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money

The Instant Pot just may be your perfect solution to easy, multi-purpose meal-making on the cheap.

35 Bizarre Things You Can Be Taxed On

Uncle Sam always seems to have his hand out — and even expects a cut for these 35 off-the-wall things.

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?