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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

17 Ways Your House Can Earn a Paycheck

Looking for a unique way to pad your bottom line? Put your house to work earning extra income.

​How College Applicants Can Tour Scores of Campuses for $15 or Less

Real visits to potential alma maters can cost thousands. With the miracle of VR, you can get the feel for a far off campus for way, way less.

5 Retirement Struggles Nobody Talks About — And How to Beat Them

Retirement is tough on our money. But with proper planning, many money struggles won't come as a surprise.

3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points

Got some miles and points burning a hole in your pocket? Here's how to cash them in.

21 Things You Should Make Your Kids Pay For

Instead of buying that shiny new toy for your kiddoes, maybe they should pay for it.

8 Tips for Going Back to School as an Adult

There's a lot more life in the way when you return to school as an adult. Here's a crash course in making it work.

11 Credit Card Perks That Make Life Easier and Way More Fun

Don't let credit card perks go to waste! These awesome cardholder benefits make life so much easier.

21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On

Experienced travelers know what to bring and what to leave behind — or do they? These little extras make getting there almost enjoyable.

How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop

You don't need to fly hither and yon to amass airline miles — you can rack them up effortlessly just by shopping smarter.

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.