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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Price Check: How Much Would It Cost To Move To Canada?

Canada is calling to some Americans like a siren song.

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10 Money Mantras That Will Flip Your Money Mindset | Chime Banking

When it comes to money goals, let’s face it: What you want to do and what you actually do can be two wildly different things.

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Artist Draws Her Way Out Of $24,000 Debt

When graphic designer Kate Bingaman-Burt noticed her credit card debt piling up a few years back, she knew exactly what she had to do to get out of this hole she’d dug for herself: draw her statements.

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10 Ways to Get Ahead of Your Bills by a Month

Wouldn’t it be nice to have some money in the bank? An emergency fund relieves stress by allowing you to handle life’s curve balls as they happen.

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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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Friendship for Sale

I like making friends in unusual ways. I once made a friend in college by approaching him at the dining hall and asking him what he thought about color.

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Is renting a coworking space worth it for freelancers?

Jackie Lam
PolicyGenius Contributor

A few months ago, I was at a free trial day at a coworking space in downtown L.A. when my friend Aaron friend dropped in.

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Trying to save? Here’s how to manage deprivation

Jackie Lam
PolicyGenius Contributor

So you’re dead set on saving. You’ve created a new budget, listed the amounts and deadlines for each savings goal, and feel a glowing sense of satisfaction as you jot it all down in your bullet journal.

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You Think Talking About Sex is Taboo? Let’s Talk About Money

Flashback several years ago to my last relationship. The guy I was dating at the time wasn’t open to discussing his “numbers.”

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7 People On the Strangest Ways They Saved Money that Actually Worked

Budgeting can be just as personal as say, decorating your home or planning a wedding reception.

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Your health insurance questions answered with PolicyGenius and ...

When I transitioned to full-time freelancer a few years ago, I felt a jumble of excitement and nervousness.

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Friends of Cinch: Jackie Lam on Saving Money at the Bar

It’s your friend’s birthday. And of course, because she never worries about figuring out ways to save money at a bar, she picks the new bar downtown.

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From Side Gig to $6M Business: 3 Stories of Employees-Turned ...

Turning a long-time hobby or side gig into a successful venture is no easy feat. It takes guts, laser-focus and a commitment to doing whatever it takes to advance the business.

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How to Save Money Every Month with a Simple Hack

As someone who is lazy when it comes to managing my money, I abhor traditional budgeting and am picky with the tools and apps I use to up my financial game. But there is one thing I’m a huge fan of and can certainly vouch for, and that’s automating.

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5 Spending Habits That Drove My Spouse Crazy

Ah, love and money. The sad truth is that while money is a bedrock of stability and happiness in a marriage, many couples find it far easier to discuss topics of faith and politics, and avoid talking about finances altogether.