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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Topics We’re Talking About: Champions of Financial Literacy

When I first started working at ReadyForZero, I’d already been financially independent for some time. I pretty much started marking out (in some capacity) my money strategy the moment I graduated high school. Even still, I’d never really considered myself to be a financial wizard. Then I started working for ReadyForZero. The (awesomesauce) blog offered me the opportunity to share…

How I’m Planning to Get Ahead of Graduate School Debt

This is a guest post by Kaitlin Butler. Even though I’m not yet in grad school, I’m already “ready for zero” – like other readers of this blog, I am looking forward to being completely debt-free. In fact, I am debt-free now, but I’m considering pursuing a graduate degree in the next year or two, and if I do, I’ll be…

How I Rocked My Job Hunt (And How You Can Too)

As an English major from UC Santa Cruz, I’m no stranger to looks of pity. Creative writing isn’t exactly a major known for its promise of job security and despite my best efforts to prove everyone wrong, my job hunt post college wasn’t doing much to help my case. As in, I wasn’t exactly drowning in job offers. When I…

Topics We’re Talking About: Ack! Well… That Was Unexpected

“Ack!” That’s generally the first sound to escape my mouth when I’m faced with the unexpected. Beyond sounding like a certain cartoon, the involuntary exclamation also usually indicates I’m about to face two options: Get upset Process and act with a level-head While I’d like to say I always react with the latter, that’s not always the case. I’m more…

What Are the Best Savings Accounts?

Had you asked me what my saving strategy was a few years ago, I’d probably have told you all about my “strategic” approach of opting in for direct deposit. Since my paycheck went directly into my checking account, there it stayed… only to be drained as the month went on.  My general thought on the matter was that as long…

ReadyForZero PLUS Credit Now Shows Credit Scoring Factors!

» Try ReadyForZero PLUS Credit Now There are a few numbers that probably standout in your financial world. Your bank account balance for one. Maybe your savings or amount of debt. But one number that pops up time and time again is the ever ubiquitous credit score. As you probably know, your credit score is a number that carries quite…

One Simple Change That Shaved 7 Months Off My Student Loan Debt Repayment

A few tips and tricks tend to be popular go-tos in financial advice. Namely, creating a budget and taking advantage of opportunities to increase earning power. And while both are viable (and valuable) ways to pay off your debt even quicker, they also require long-term focus and maintenance. By no means a bad thing when it comes to keeping in…

17 Ways to Make Your Budget Better – Starting Today

You know you need a budget, but how about a better budget? Even the most leak proof of financial plans benefit from occasional reevaluation and adjustment if necessary! And if you’re just starting out on your budget plan – well, why not make it the best budget that you can imagine? So wherever you are in your financial journey, here…

Topics We’re Talking About: Dealing With Decision Paralysis

Recently, whilst browsing for a new pair of shoes, I was faced with the choice of buying a blue or a red pair. Same brand. Same model. Just different colors. Simple enough… one might think. I picked up each option about 19 times, hemmed and hawed for nearly 26 minutes, and then abruptly left the store empty-handed. It wasn’t that…