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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The Top 7 Financial Podcasts For Millennials

I love a good podcast. They’re free, they prompt thought, and most importantly, podcasts are what keeps me sane as I enter the scrappy subterranean of the metro and decompress from a work day. I’m that girl laughing in the corner with her earbuds on, or pulling epic “hmmm, interesting” faces. Once, I cried while listening to a particularly tender…

Reader Perspective Series

Lockdown Your Spending By Finding Your Perfect Budgeting System

This is a guest post by Christina Brannan, a ReadyForZero blog reader and all-around awesome individual. You can read her previous post here and you can leave her a comment below.  Budgeting: A Key to Paying Off Debt Once you start getting into your debt payoff plan, you quickly realize that you need some sort of budget. After all, how else…

Stop Spending on Stuff: The Case For Funding Experiences

I’ve brought this up before (perhaps more than I should) but I like to ask people a very important question upon meeting them. If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Truth be told, I’d be a squirrel. It’s not the most glamorous of animals but the comparison is pretty apt. I can be a bit… spastic. I…

Topics We’re Talking About: Eating Healthy on a Budget

Today we’re talking about one of my favorite topics in the world: food. I love making it, sharing it with others, and most of all eating it. What I don’t love so much about my food affection, however, is the budgeting aspect. I consider myself to be kind of culinarily adventurous which means I can to go a little wild with my food spending. Recipes that require a long list of ingredients don’t always come cheap. But that’s not to say you can’t eat well while on a budget! Read more

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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…