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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

13 Financial Steps to Take Before Retiring Abroad

A retirement overseas can be a wonderful way to live out your golden years. But before you take off for your next chapter, make these money moves first.

How to Manage a Family Member's Finances Long Distance

When an elderly relative needs your help managing their money, the miles between you don't have to be a burden.

11 Ways to Make Money on Thanksgiving

While you're waiting for that turkey to roast, why not make a little extra cash?

9 End-of-Life Cost Savings Your Survivors Will Thank You For

Financial planning for your final years is not just a wise money move solely for you; your heirs will thank you, too.

12 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

When an aging loved one needs assisted living, you may not know where to start. These questions will help you find the perfect place.

How to Invest If You're Worried About a Stock Market Crash

Market fear is hard to shake. If you're afraid a crash is coming, you should keep on investing; here's how.

How to Get the Most Out of Airport Lounge Access

If your credit card offers you the use an airport VIP lounge, squeeze your time there for all it's worth!

15 Unexpected Expenses of a New Baby

Having a baby is expensive. If you aren't ready for these unexpected costs, your new bundle can be an even bigger blow to your budget.

10 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Out a Personal Loan

There are plenty of reasons to consider taking a personal loan. But before you do, you need to consider some important factors.

Should You Save for College Using a 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan?

Prepaid tuition plans let you buy your kid semesters of college, locked into today's pricing. Are these a good idea?

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Identity theft is scary. When your kids are the target, it's positively terrifying.

9 Halloween Treats You Can Make in an Instant Pot

Make extra special Halloween treats for your family (and yourself) this Halloween. All you need is America's favorite new kitchen gadget and some inspiration.

Should You Take Out a Loan Backed by Your Investments?

Your investment bank or brokerage firm may have offered you a securities-based loan. Make sure you understand what you're signing up for before you sign up.

9 Signs Your Identity Was Stolen

Usually, you know when you're the victim of a crime. But identity theft can be a sneaky, subtle scam. Watch out for these warnings.

Job Hunting With a Long Employment Gap

You've been out of the workforce, and now you're ready to jump back in. Don't let an employment gap keep you from finding a new gig.

How to Keep Food Waste From Spoiling Your Budget

If you're looking to cut your grocery budget, pay attention to how much money you're taking out with the trash.

9 Ways Expats Can Maintain Their Credit Scores

You may be leaving the States for a while, but there's one element of American life you should never leave behind: your credit score.

10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One

Before you buy, give the airstream lifestyle a try at these killer campsites.

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?