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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I Visited the Museum of Broken Relationships. With My Ex.

It’s date night at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Hollywood, and Patrick and I are poring over the museum’s collection, reading the stories attached to each artifact with lurid fascination.

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How This California Couple Paid Off $100,000 of Debt in 2 Years

When 31-year-old Priscilla Jones completed her MFA in film in 2011, she was left with a total of $96,000 of student loan debt from both her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Swap It, Don’t Stop It: How to Spend Less on Things You Love

If you’re prone to blowing your fun budget, you might have tried it all—from bailing on social plans with friends to going on a full-out spending fast—only to eventually fail miserably.

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Five Ways to Grow Your Money When You've Leveled Up Professionally

You’ve worked hard and have made strides in your career. Despite racking up some debt, including perhaps student loans, you’re climbing and may be even seen as a mover and a shaker.

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What to Remember When Shopping Online

Online shopping is easy, quick, and convenient, but it’s these characteristics that can also make your savings goals harder to achieve.

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How to Save for Your Child’s College Fund

If you have student debt of your own, you probably know just how important it is for your child’s future to have robust college savings.

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Stay Motivated to Save, Even While You're Flush With Cash

It’s one thing to save money out of pure necessity, but another when things are going well and you’d rather enjoy your life than save for your long-term goals.

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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.