Jackie Lam

Jackie Lam

Personal finance writer

I write about personal finance, credit cards and debt, saving, budgeting, money, insurance, retirement, investing, loans, pets, careers, freelancing, small business, and productivity.

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Two young entrepreneurs disrupt the watch industry

Building a brand by bootstrapping, crowdfunding—and posting to Instagram

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House to Home: Artist finds inspiration at home

A recipe for buying and renovating on a tight budget

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Creative People Can Kick Butt at Managing Money

You just might be scratching your head. Creative people? Managing money?

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Money Manners: How to Talk Money with the Roommates

Ah, roommates. While it’s great to have someone to split the rent with, those convos about paying the rent and how to split the bills can be tricky.

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How Much Car Can I Afford?

How much car can I afford?" It's a question I've been asking myself quite a bit lately.

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6 Proven Ways to Create an Emergency Savings Plan to Stash Away $1,000

When it comes to saving for a rainy day fund, the struggle is real.

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The Awesome Things You Can Do With Your Tax Refund to Grow Your Money

So you’ve netted a tax refund — congrats! For 2015 taxes, the average tax refund was $3,218, to be exact. That’s quite a wad of cash.

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How to Turn Your Financial Fails into Massive Wins for the New Year

As you look back on this past year, you might think about some money mistakes that resulted in serious facepalm moments.

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Falling in Love Cost Her $9,000: Telltale Signs of a Freeloading Boyfriend

The year was 2006. Sarah Li Cain had just graduated college… and was in love. Things were a’ changin’. Sarah had accepted a job offer in Australia.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts: Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Love

How much we spend on Valentine’s Day gifts can be pretty crazy.

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How Hoarding Can Hurt Your Finances

About 10 years ago, a good friend of mine was dating a woman who clearly had issues with hoarding.

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The Many Parallels of Physical and Financial Health

Blogger Jackie Lam discusses how financial and physical well-being can go hand-in-hand.

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Simple Tax Tips to Get Your Finances in Order Before Year End

Do yourself a favor and before the year winds down, add one more item to your holiday checklist: tax prep.

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3 Side Hustlers Share Their Best Money Management Tips

If you have a side hustle, you know just how useful—and maybe even essential—those extra dollars are each month when it comes to reaching your money goals.

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Budgeting Shared Expenses With Roommates

If you’re moving in with a roommate or significant other, make sure you account for regular expenses (and the odd surprise) in your budget. Here’s everything you’ll need to save for if you’re sharing your living situation with a friend or loved one.