Author Profile: Claire

Claire

Claire, Content Intern at ReadyForZero. Claire is a Bay Area native with an affinity for travel and food who enjoys writing about personal finance, budgeting, and many other topics.

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Reader Perspective Series

From Searching to Closing: 14 Need-To-Knows About Buying a House

This is a guest post by Lisa, a longtime ReadyForZero Blog reader who has had many years of experience in the real estate industry. She was kind enough to share some of her best advice with our readers. Enjoy the tips below, and if you ever see Lisa in the comments section, be sure to say hi! In this post,…

What Motivates You To Pay Off Your Debt? Zina Shares Her Story

Despite the common  goal of reaching zero, the road to debt free is different for everyone. With differing circumstances and even personalities, what works for one person in repayment isn’t guaranteed to work for someone else. That’s why personalized motivators can be an effective tool against your debt. Not only do they help to fuel the (your) journey, they also…

How to Organize Your Environment To Stay Motivated

Were you to wander into my apartment, there are a few things you’d probably notice right away. Firstly, this girl has a lot of organized piles of stuff Secondly, there are NO dirty dishes in her sink (though, there are squirrel salt & pepper shakers) Thirdly… actually, she has a weird amount of squirrel related items. Ah, quite the peek…

Topics We’re Talking About: Personalizing Your Approach to Finance

We all know we should save more. We all know we should spend less. After all, that’s the key to financial prosperity, right? For some. But personal finance isn’t one size fits all. In order to build a solid financial foundation it’s important to define what kind of financial house you want to build! Incorporating your unique circumstances plus your…

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4 Ways I Brought Balance to My Budget

This is a guest post by Holly, a writer and longtime reader of the ReadyForZero Blog. Below she shares 4 ways she has brought balance to her budget (and you can too). 1. Beware the monthly charges (“Oh my,” says George Takei) — The other day I sat down and decided to take a good hard look at our finances…

Dough On The Side: How to Earn Extra Cash On Your Lunch Break

This is a guest post by Matt Giovanisci of Listen, Money Matters. My frugal co-worker Brian kept an arsenal of money-saving supplies in the office pantry: peanut butter, jelly, and a loaf of wheat bread. An admitted late eater, he’d wander into the pantry each afternoon around 1:30, just as everyone else was slipping into post-lunch comas. Out came the supplies…

Overcoming the Guilt Associated with Mismanaged Finances

I’m no stranger to financial slip-ups. When I was in college I had my wrist slapped by the bank for overdrafts… 17 times to be precise. 17 times – a bit excessive? Well, yes. But it wasn’t a typical situation. Here’s what happened: I had a fairly low account to begin with but then an unexpected automatic fee took out…

Topics We’re Talking About: Minimalism and Financial Success

When I moved in with my college boyfriend for the first time, we had a throw-down over how to furnish the apartment. I started listing all the things we needed, and he countered by listing all the things we didn’t need. It was pretty much a zero sum game… We need a microwave. We don’t need a microwave. We need…

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Why Living At Home After Graduation Is NOT a Cop-Out

This is a guest post by Natasha, who writes at Refuse To Be Broke. Like millions of others in America, I graduated from college within the last five years. Since graduating in December 2012, I have read a lot of articles about Millennials and found that many times the authors have a negative tone. Sometimes, these articles are very irritating…