Catherine Shaffer's Bio

I am a second generation tightwad with interests in simple living, wise investing and healing the culture through responsible stewardship of our resources. My husband and I have always been financially precocious, having purchased our first home and opened retirement accounts at the age of twenty-four. Since then, we've managed to build up a respectable nest egg through saving, budgeting, and investing in both real estate and the stock market. I'm looking forward to sharing some of our experiences (and mistakes). I also coauthored a series of consumer advocacy articles about mortgages for Fidelity--sadly playing the role of Cassandra regarding the perils of variable rate mortgages, teaser mortgage rates, hidden closing costs, and many other mortgage pitfalls.