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Lauren Treadwell

 Lauren Treadwell is a personal finance writer and consultant in Raleigh, North Carolina. For over a decade, she has used her education and experience to help people live more comfortable financial lives.

Latest articles by Lauren Treadwell

7 Bizarre Ways to Stay on Budget (That Actually Work)

Good for you if you've made a budget! If you're struggling to stick to it, try one of these offbeat motivators and get back on track.

5 Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes That Could Save You $1,500 This Year

Looking for more ways to cut costs? These five ways cost hardly any time, but the savings add up to nearly $1,500 a year.

Get the Job You Want With the Right Professional Image

Who are you? Make sure everybody knows your story with these keys to personal brand development.

Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Fired (and Some for the Rest of Us, Too)

Job hunting is hard, but for those who have been fired, it's a real struggle. Here's how to put the past behind and move on with a new gig.

How to Sell Yourself to Potential Employers

First impressions matter at every step of the job search. Start presenting the very best you with these six must-do tips.

Pay Bills Early? Only If You Want to Save Money

Paying your bills late can hurt you with late fees and surcharges. Moreover, if you pay early, you can get some serious discounts. Learn more.

10 Secrets of Long-Distance Job Hunting

Ready to get out of Dodge but need to have a job before you go? Follow this guide and land a new gig in a new city before you've said goodbye to the old one.

5 Things to Avoid Before You File Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is trying enough already. Don't make it worse by making one of these mistakes.

6 Tax Deductions Job-Hunters Can’t Afford to Overlook

If you spent part of last year looking for a job, you might like the IRS a little more this tax season. Discover tax deductions just for job seekers.

How to Do a One-Day, Do-It-Yourself Bankruptcy

While filing for bankruptcy should be an emergency measure, it's possible to file in one day if you're in urgent need of protection. Here's how.

ChexSystems: What It Is, and How It Can Make It Difficult for You to Open a Bank Account

Most of us know that looking at our credit report is part of maintaining financial health, but what about our banking report? Enter ChexSystems.

How to Effectively Complain to the Manager

There's more to complaining that just voicing your concerns. Learn how you can effectively complain to the manager and get results.