Jackie Lam

Jackie Lam

Financial writer

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

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4 Big Ways to Give Back, While Boosting Your Personal Brand

There’s something pretty great about giving to those around you in need. Getting knee-deep with fellow do-gooders in a cause larger than yourself can score major feel-good vibes.

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How to Manage Your Self-Control With Spending

When it comes to saving money, the struggle is real. You may put your best foot forward, but at times your efforts and goals can fall by the wayside.

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How a F**k-Off Fund Helped me Out of a Bad Relationship

A guy I once dated had this mantra: “I’ll do what I want, when I want.” This motto proved problematic when we’d get into epic battles over nitpicky matters, but admittedly, there was something compelling about the idea.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Spending in Check

With so much temptation out there, it’s far too easy to go overboard with your spending.

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Can You Afford Your Dream Job?

If you could pursue your dream job tomorrow, what would you do? What would you need to get there? Maybe you’ve always wanted to move out to the country and run an alpaca farm, or make a go at selling your unique handmade wares on Etsy.

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3 Common Car Loan Mistakes People Make

Shopping for a car loan can be a financially and mentally draining experience.

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How to Develop a Healthy Money Mindset

Are you someone who is afraid of looking at your bank account, lest it serves as a reminder of how irresponsible you might have been with your money?

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A Lazy Person's Guide to Easy Budgeting

Confession: I am extremely lazy when it comes to budgeting. I’ve reached a point where I try to do the least amount of work possible in tracking my expenses.

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Set These Goals to Travel U.S. Route 1

Spanning 2,377 miles from Fort Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, driving on the historic U.S. Route 1 is a classic road trip filled with exciting points of interest and breathtaking vistas. Set this budget to help you save to see the best places along the way.

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What to Do When You're Starting Over

Maybe you’ve hit a wall and yearn for a fresh start. Perhaps your day job has grown stale and you’re dreaming of a career change, or you’re itching for a change of scenery and are eager to move to a new city.

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Short-Term Goal: Get a Side Hustle

Finding a side hustle is an excellent way to pad your income and reach your financial goals sooner, Grownups.

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How to Make (and Save) Money While Looking for a Job

For some, life after graduation sometimes can look a lot like life during college, with the added stressors of needing to pay back your student loans.

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How to Keep Your Finances Organized With Digital Wallets

The recent surge of digital wallets, P2P apps, and places you can use them have made it significantly easier to pay for business-related expenses.

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Halfway There: What to Look for in Your Spending and Saving Habits Midway Through 2016

hen it comes to money, you’ve had both victories and minor hiccups during the first half of 2016 and have made it out alive like a true champ. Kudos to you. You deserve a pat on the back.

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How Organizing Your Finances Now Can Help With Next Year's Taxes

So you’ve decided to take a stab at doing your own taxes for the first time. Go, you! A big part of filing your taxes DIY-style is keeping accurate track of key info such as your income, expenses, and deductions.