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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6 Typical Warning Signs of a Recession

, and on May 13, 2022

Jittery over unpredictable financial markets? These indicators offer a reality check on the risks.

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9 Tips for Sane and Successful Stock Investing

on May 12, 2022

Here’s how to seize growth without losing your mind.

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12 Tips for Surviving a Volatile Stock Market

on May 10, 2022

Uncertainty is scary. How do investors stay calm and avoid mistakes?

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The Top 6 Ways Retirees Plan to Spend Their Savings

on May 9, 2022

Retirees plan to use their savings in ways that may surprise you.

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11 Tips for Avoiding Ridiculous Hotel Fees

on April 29, 2022

Don’t let extra hotel fees ruin your vacation.

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8 Things You Should Never Buy at Sam’s Club

on April 26, 2022

Sam’s Club can be fun, but don’t assume that everything there is a great deal.

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10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

on April 25, 2022

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

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Baby Boomers’ 10 Greatest Fears About Retirement

on April 22, 2022

The giant baby boomer generation is at the front lines of retirement. Here is what keeps them up at night.

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17 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire

on April 15, 2022

You’ve waited all your life for this moment. Make the most of your retirement.

5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic
5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic

on April 11, 2022

Sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

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9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready to Retire

on March 31, 2022

Age is not the best indication that it’s time to retire. Other signs are more subtle, and more reliable.

Pre-Retirement Checklist: What to Do Within 5 Years of Retiring
Pre-Retirement Checklist: What to Do Within 5 Years of Retiring

on March 30, 2022

Use your last remaining years in the workforce to set yourself up for a comfortable retirement on your own terms.

7 of the Best Places for Retiring in California
7 of the Best Places for Retiring in California

on March 28, 2022

It’s never too early to think about where to retire, and the Golden State, while expensive, still beckons to many.

8 Documents That Are Essential to Planning Your Estate
8 Documents That Are Essential to Planning Your Estate

on March 21, 2022

Do your loved ones a big favor: Get your affairs in order so you don’t leave survivors to face a legal mess.

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8 Ways You Are Wrecking Your Major Appliances

on March 18, 2022

Some appliance failures are beyond our control, but plenty are self-inflicted.

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11 Signs That You Chose the Wrong Place to Retire

on March 14, 2022

Health and happiness in retirement rely on some key factors.

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7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

on March 8, 2022

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

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The Top 10 Reasons Americans Do Not Retire

on February 25, 2022

Money is important, but there are other popular reasons why workers stay in the workforce past age 65.

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14 Money Terms to Learn So You Don’t Die Broke

and on February 24, 2022

Want to outlive your money? Ignore these crucial financial concepts.

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Ditching Amazon Prime? 4 Smart Ways to Live Without It

on February 18, 2022

If you want to drop your Prime membership or just test life without it, here’s how to replace the most valuable perks.

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