Dori Zinn

I've been covering personal finance since 2009. I write about credit, debt, budgeting, investing, college affordability, family, jobs and careers and real estate. My writing has been featured in Quartz, Wirecutter, Inc., Forbes, Yahoo!, MSN, CNET, Bankrate, Credit Karma, and more.

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9 Ways to Lower Your Internet Bill

on September 29, 2021

No matter what price you are paying for internet service, taking these simple steps can reduce it.

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These Are the 8 Best Benefits of Amazon Prime

on June 16, 2021

These top-notch perks of an Amazon Prime membership won’t cost you a dime extra.

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9 Things That Amazon Won’t Let You Return

on June 11, 2021

The retailer’s return policy does not cover everything you buy.

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Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?

on April 21, 2021

You could save more than $30,000 by setting aside these costly expenses for just one year.

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35 Clever Ways to Make Extra Money

on March 18, 2021

Looking for additional cash? Here are a bunch of options that are accessible to anyone with internet access.

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11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

and on December 26, 2020

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

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10 Mistakes That Cost You Money at Warehouse Stores

on September 23, 2020

Wholesale clubs might have great deals, but these mistakes will cost you.

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The Best Way to Remember and Protect Your Passwords

on August 5, 2020

Passwords are hard to manage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

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7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon

on August 4, 2020

Use these websites and other tools to save money — or earn extra cash — when shopping at Amazon.

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10 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $10,000

on June 29, 2020

These operations have low startup costs and good returns.

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7 Free Apps for Better Health in 2020

on January 30, 2020

These free fitness apps will help you get in better shape in as little as 7 minutes a day.

5 Home Repairs You Should Not Attempt Yourself
5 Home Repairs You Should Not Attempt Yourself

on December 24, 2019

DIY can be cheaper, but some projects are better left to licensed professionals.

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The 15 Biggest Regrets of Homeowners in 2019

on August 13, 2019

The biggest regrets some homeowners have might surprise you.

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How to Pay Less for a Wedding Dress

on May 14, 2019

Less expensive doesn’t mean less magical. There are many ways to save on a dress and still have your dream wedding.

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7 First-Rate Job Benefits — Besides the Retirement Plan

on May 9, 2019

Pay is only one part of the package from a potential employer. Benefits like these can make a job worthwhile even when the pay isn’t stellar.

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11 Awesome Gifts for Kids Who Have Too Much Stuff

on December 17, 2018

This holiday season, give kids shared experiences, like a zoo membership or family night at the movies.

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11 Tools Everyone Must Have

on November 14, 2018

Doing it yourself is important if you want to save money and be self-sufficient. Step one? The right tools.

4 Steps to Boost College Savings When Money Is Tight
4 Steps to Boost College Savings When Money Is Tight

on October 13, 2018

The typical college degree may be outrageously expensive, but that doesn’t mean you or your child or grandchild has to give up on higher-education dreams.

Baby Stuff You Really Should Buy Used
Baby Stuff You Really Should Buy Used

on April 4, 2017

You don’t have to get everything new and shiny for your new and shiny baby. Here are the best baby things to buy used.

6 Baby Products You Really Should Buy New
6 Baby Products You Really Should Buy New

on March 24, 2017

When you’re loading up on baby products for your new family member, some items are worth the full-price cost. Splurge on these and buy peace of mind.

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