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Tim Lemke

Tim has been a personal finance writer for Wise Bread since 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience writing about business for local and national publications. He is currently a freelance business writer.

Latest articles by Tim Lemke

9 Ways to Save Big on Parking Costs

We waste a lot of money parking our cars. Here's how you can keep more dollars parked in your wallet.

The Smart Way to Talk About Money on Your First Date

Money may be a mood-killer conversation topic on a first date, so try these subtler ways to uncover your date's attitude toward money.

Why Your IRA Shouldn't Double as an Education Savings Plan

Your IRA may have the option to help pay for college, but that doesn't mean it should be your go-to education savings plan.

7 Little White Lies That Can Save You Money

Sometimes it's OK to fudge the truth in the name of saving money.

How to Respond to House-Shaming

Everyone you know says you should buy instead of rent. Here's how to tell those house-shamers to pound sand.

7 Modern Ways to Balance Your Checkbook

It's no longer necessary to pore over that ledger and paper bank statement. You can "balance your checkbook" the modern way.

Should You Go on Vacation While You're in Debt?

Vacation is usually the first thing to go when tackling debt. But it doesn't have to be.

How to Manage Your Money When You're Too Busy to Think About It

Money management is always doable — even when life is busy.

9 Money Moves You're Never Too Old to Make

Age is just a number. Don't let it keep you from making smart decisions for long term financial health.

7 Life Choices That Are Actually Financial Decisions

You might think that many of life's biggest decisions come down to emotion. But they really come down to money.

7 Ways to Compare Stock Market Investments

There are thousands of investments out there. If you want to find the "best" ones, you need to learn how to compare them.

How Job-Hoppers Can Keep Up With Their Retirement Savings

Job hopping is now the norm in the working world. Make sure to take your retirement savings along for the ride.

How Small Monthly Bills Slowly Wreck Your Annual Budget

Do you think of your expenses in terms of monthly payments? That mindset may be killing your finances.

Where to Invest Your Money After You've Maxed Out Your Retirement Account

You've done an unbelievable job of saving for retirement. Does this mean you're done stashing money away? Not quite.

8 Ways to Build Your Financial Self Esteem

Feeling down about money can keep us from taking smart financial steps. Go for these small wins and get back in the game.

8 Ways Retirees Can Spring Clean Their Finances

You're retired, but that doesn't mean your finances are. Take some time this spring to spruce up your money.

9 Ways to Vet Your New Employer

Your potential new employer wants to know everything about you. Do you know everything you need to know about them?

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Financial Future With Just $200

You don't need a lot of dough to safeguard your financial future. A couple hundred bucks is a good start.

9 Surprising Ways Marriage Can Make You Richer

Getting married can be one of the best financial decisions you'll ever make.

Tariffs: What They Are and How They Impact Your Finances

Tariffs have been in the news a lot lately. What are they, exactly, and what will they mean for your money?