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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

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.

What You Can Buy With $5,000

When you're done fantasizing about what you could spend a cool million on, think about the possibilities of a realistic windfall — like a cool $5K!

9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You're a Good Driver

You may be surprised to know that good driving skills make your life better in many ways.

How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months

I wanted my kids to see the world, but international flights are expensive. Then I realized we could all fly free.

8 Ways to Make Sure You Never Pay an ATM Fee

If tapping the ATM results in repeated fees — you’re doing it wrong. It’s time to get smart about automatic money machines.

How to Save Big at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Muggles can plan a fun, frugal trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with a few tricks up their sleeve. No magic required.

Be a Smarter Home Buyer by Avoiding These 12 House Hunter Cliches

Binge watching "House Hunters" may leave you with big ideas, but please — don't listen to these stupid home-buying comments.

3 Ways Your Commute Is Killing You — And What to Do About It

Commuting, whether by car or public transit takes, its toll — in your health. Learn what steps to take to limit the effects of the daily drive.

10 Productivity Tips for IT Professionals

We all know that technology can be a distraction. But we can turn the tables and increase our productivity by using tech tools to keep track of time, collaborate, and stay on task.

6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter

The best cure for winter blues is a getaway to these normally pricey travel destinations. The winter travel season is also the value travel season.