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Kat Tretina

Kat is a personal finance writer who double majored in English and Communications at Elizabethtown College, before going on to earn a Masters in Communications from West Chester University.

Latest articles by Kat Tretina

How to Protect Elderly Loved Ones From Financial Scams

Don't let con artists prey on your elderly loved ones. You can help protect them, and their money, from financial predators.

What You Need to Know About Homeowners' Associations

A home in an HOA may come with fabulous amenities, services, and sense of community. It will also come with a cost.

These 4 Sites Pay Writers Serious Cash

Looking for good ways to supplement your freelance writing income? Try one of these content websites!

6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies

Buying new calculators and backpacks shouldn't leave you broke. Here's how to cash in on big savings during the back-to-school season.

How to Turn Your Home Into a Moneymaking Star

If you have a house, you have a potential moneymaking star. Your home is ready for its close-up!

Why I Choose to Rent Instead of Buy

Some say that homeownership is the smarter financial move, but for many folks, renting is just the better call.

5 Signs It's Time to Close Your Business

Your business was your dream. But if it's doing more harm than good, the best thing you can do is walk away.

Here's Why a Late Retirement May Be a Bad Idea

Didn't save enough in your working years? You may be banking on a late retirement, but life can have other plans.

How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor

If you have some knowledge to spare, you could have a lucrative new side gig as a tutor.

4 Ways to Make Money Doing Household Chores

Looking for a side gig that doesn't have hefty startup fees? You can make up to $25 an hour doing everyday household chores for other people.

How I Make $800 on Month on eBay Selling Used Clothes

Looking for a fun side gig? You could make up to $800 a month selling your unwanted clothes on eBay.

5 Retirement Accounts You Don't Need a Ton of Money to Open

Don't let high minimums dissuade your retirement savings goals. These Roth IRAs can get you started, no minimum investment required.

4 Big Business Accounting Tools Every Side Gig Needs

Operate your side hustle like a big business to maximize income — and avoid issues with the IRS.

Get Out of Debt Faster With the "Debt Snowflake"

Every dollar counts during debt repayment. Finding small savings or windfalls to put toward your debt can help you pay off your balances faster.

How to Make Public Speaking Less Terrifying

Does public speaking break you out in cold sweats? You can master this formidable phobia.

5 Free Accounting Tools for Freelancers

As a freelancer, you have enough expenses and income to manage. You don't need a pricey bookkeeping tool on top of that.

What to Do When You're Sick of Your Side Gig

The extra dollars from a side gig should reduce your stress, not add to it. Here's how to regain your balance.

3 Great Reasons to Choose a Secondhand Engagement Ring (and Where to Find One)

Engagement rings are notoriously expensive, but if you're willing to buy second hand, you can save thousands.

Earn Extra Income With Your Smartphone Camera

Take a break from snapping selfies and put your smartphone camera to good use. You can earn extra cash, shutterbug!

Why a Mobile Home May Be Your Best Option for Affordable Housing

If it's affordable homeownership you're after, you may want to give mobile homes a second look. They're nicer than you think!