Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn

Zinn is a digital journalist based out of South Florida. Her work has been featured on Quartz, realtor.com, Money Talks News, and others.

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Even Military Families Are Cutting Back Spending

February 28, 2017

The vast majority of middle-class military families — like commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers — are planning to improve their finances this year, even though they make at least $50,000.

Buying a house

You Don’t Need Marriage to Buy a Home

February 27, 2017

Young, unwed couples are buying homes faster than they were a decade ago. While married couples still make up the bulk of homebuyers, 15 percent are couples that aren’t married.

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Tax Refunds Aren’t Getting Us Out of Debt

February 23, 2017

Forty percent of American families are making thousands of dollars in medical, auto, or tax payments at some point in a year but even after paying, they’re suffering from crippling debt.

Do you pay use tax?

The Big, Important Tax Credit You’re Missing

February 22, 2017

The majority of Americans are eligible for a tax credit just for saving retirement money, but aren’t aware this credit exists.

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Honeymooning at Work

February 21, 2017

Just like marriages, happiness levels at work take a nose-dive after the first year on the job. If the honeymoon is over at your job, there are still ways for you to be happy.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Need Car Insurance? Your Choice Could Cost You More Than You Think

February 20, 2017

How much are you paying for your new car? Is it worth it? Turns out you should factor in a few more things to determine the true cost of that new car.

The daddy bonus sucks once you consider childcare

Need College Money? Be a Sugar Baby

February 16, 2017

Need to pay for college? Sugar Babies on this “not an escort” site go to some pricy schools around the country.

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Americans Can’t Handle Will, Estate, Inheritance Talks

February 15, 2017

Most families have strong misconceptions about the value of an estate and this hurts us later in life when our loved ones pass away.

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What Is Your Lover Hiding?

February 14, 2017

Millions of Americans secretly stash money away from their partners and the older you are, the more acceptable it is.

2017 taxes

Good News! More Time to File Taxes This Year

February 13, 2017

You get two extra days to file your taxes, but with some changes that are in effect this year you shouldn’t wait to file. Especially because your refund might be delayed if you claim a certain tax credit.

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We’re All Burnt Out But No One Cares

February 9, 2017

As many as 95 percent of hiring managers say employee burnout is completely damaging companies, causing high turnover rates and workplace retention issues.

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Study: Millennials Just Aren’t Worth Much

February 8, 2017

Millennials have half the amount of savings baby boomers did at the same age. They’re also making $10,000 less today than their 1989 counterparts.

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I Love You, But Not as Much as Last Year

February 7, 2017

National Retail Federation estimates that V-Day spending will drop from $19.7 billion to $18.2 billion this year.

The Secret To A Successful Marriage: Separate But Equal Cash -

Having Bad Credit Makes Saving for Emergencies Nearly Impossible

February 6, 2017

Most Americans can’t afford an unexpected expense and low credit scores have a lot to do with it.

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It Costs Minimum Wage Workers More than Two Years’ Salary to get Married

February 2, 2017

It costs an average of $35,329 to get married. That’s more than double the annual salary of a minimum-wage worker.

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How to Prepare and File Your Taxes for Free

February 1, 2017

There are plenty of ways to pay for tax help, but you don’t necessarily have to. The Internal Revenue Service helps millions of people annually file their taxes for free.

A networking study says Facebook counts

#PlanForVacation Sounds Nice, except we Won’t Do it

January 31, 2017

Americans are leaving 658 million vacation days unused every single year.

This guy needs a car insurance claim.

Auto Crashes are Up, So Insurance Is Going Up

January 30, 2017

Auto claim frequency and severity are up over the last two years, making insurance companies consider raising the costs of policies and premiums.

Could you do a better job than your boss?

How to Make Six Figures at a Job with Thousands of Openings

January 26, 2017

Glassdoor named software engineers as the 16th-best job in the country. With a $101,000 median base salary and 17,085 openings, your chances of landing a sweet gig with a hefty salary is high.

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Most of Us Fear Debt

January 25, 2017

Two-thirds of young adults have an actual fear of debt, even though they plan their spending on a constant basis.

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Millennial Parents are Surviving Because of Their Parents

January 24, 2017

Ggrandparents that are more willing to help out are saving their millennial children tens of thousands of dollars a year in child-rearing.

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What’s the Most Popular Credit Card Perk? You’ll Never Guess

January 23, 2017

Gas rewards are the number one loyalty program preferred by consumers, more than credit card rewards, coupons, and even instant discounts at the cash register.

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Want to Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck? Move to Mississippi

January 18, 2017

Can’t keep living paycheck-to-paycheck? You don’t have to if you move to any of the cheapest states in the U.S.

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The White House is a Big League Downgrade for Trump

January 17, 2017

The White House is valued at $400 million but as Donald Trump moves in, he’ll be downgrading.

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Sorry: Most Employees Are Working Today

January 16, 2017

Only 37 percent of employees will be getting paid to not work today. It’s an all-time high, but the rest of us will be working today.

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None of Us Are Ready for an Emergency

January 12, 2017

What if you don’t have enough cash even for a tragedy, disaster, or other emergency? Most of us aren’t ready for one.

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If You’re Stressed About Money and You Know It Raise Your Hand

January 11, 2017

Money has a huge impact on our overall well-being in life. To reduce stress and be happier, we need money or a better attitude when it comes to money.

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Need a Job? Chances Are You’ll Get One

January 10, 2017

Forty percent of employers plan to hire permanent, full-time employees and 30 percent plan to hire part-timers this year, even as unemployment is at one of its lowest points in history.

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All the Best Places for Your Money in 2017

January 9, 2017

If you want to make the best investments in 2017, bank at Ally, get a Capital One credit card, and live in Nashville. Those are some of the biggest recommendations from experts as you look to make the best decisions for your money this year.

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Most Employees Don’t Get the Student Loan Help They Need

January 5, 2017

Companies could be doing their employees a huge service if they offered some — and sometimes better — student loan repayment assistance.

Can you handle a medical credit card?

Ladies Pay More for Retirement Health Care Than Men

January 4, 2017

While women will have to spend more on health care in retirement, that doesn’t mean men have it very easy. Both groups face a huge struggle to save for their golden years.

Don't fall for the top scams of 2014.

We’re So Happy About Our Money

January 3, 2017

Financial optimism is higher now than it was five years ago

Lift-Up program helps people get out of utility debt

Want Residents to Pay off Debt? Don’t Just Bill Them — Help Them

December 27, 2016

National League of Cities gets those in debt to pay it back by giving them time, not money

What's the best practical gift you ever got?

Could’ve Fooled Us

December 20, 2016

73 percent of Americans admit they fake their reactions when they get a gift they didn’t like or want.

How to waste time at work.

What Can You Do with a Coconut Bra? Give it to a Co-Worker

December 19, 2016

Office gift-giving is cool, but try to stay away from giving a jar of gravy or dish detergent. Yes, those gifts have actually been given.

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Most of Us Suck When It Comes to Money

December 13, 2016

No state in the union has an A in financial literacy

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‘Tis the Season for Partying

December 8, 2016

Almost 90 percent of companies will host a holiday party this year, and most parties will be serving booze.

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All We Want for Christmas Is You

December 7, 2016

When it comes to what adults want most, 43 percent of men and women both said they want quality time with family as a holiday gift this year.

Money saving resolutions

Most Americans Don’t Have a Financial Plan

December 6, 2016

Most middle-income Americans don’t have a financial plan, while nearly half of those making more than $100,000 a year have do have one.

Could you do a better job than your boss?

Want a New Job? Here are the Best Ones

December 5, 2016

All jobs in these fields average at least $20 an hour and are some of the fastest-growing positions in the labor market right now.

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Jobs are Open, but Qualified Candidates aren’t Applying

December 1, 2016

With generic resumes, cover letters and potential employees heading into interviews blind, many applicants aren’t prepared for the jobs they’re applying for.

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Study Says: Surveys Suck

November 29, 2016

Do you ever spend your hard-earned time and effort answering questions from stores you frequent? It turns out those may be useless.

Cyber Monday shopping

Yes, Cyber Monday Takes Away from Actual Work Productivity

November 28, 2016

94 percent of employees plan to spend some of today browsing through Cyber Monday sales.

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Want to Own a Home? It’s Harder for Teachers Than Others

November 24, 2016

One in five homes for sale is affordable on an average teacher’s salary.

Should you be buying groceries online?

Coupons Aren’t Just for Baby Boomers

November 22, 2016

Lots of people think coupon-clipping is old-fashioned, but they still want coupons to save money while shopping.

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Black, Cyber, Or Small? Which Day Will Really Save You the Most Money and Pain?

November 21, 2016

Does the day you venture out to spend money this holiday season really matter? How can you save time, money, and sanity this holiday season?

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Millions of Americans Spy on Credit Card Statements of Others

November 17, 2016

Turns out that 24 percent of higher-earning and lower-earning Americans are equally likely to snoop on the credit report of someone they share an account with.

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Why Shoppers Are Loading up their Credit Cards This Holiday Season

November 15, 2016

38 percent of Americans will charge their holiday purchases to a credit card, and almost half of those said it’s to earn rewards.

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Women Want Financial Security; Men Don’t Care

November 14, 2016

Turns out that millennial men and women have some different priorities when it comes to saving money and what they are saving for.

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We Should’ve Watched the Chia Pets

November 10, 2016

You may have been too busy reading actual news to notice that the Chia Poll accurately predicted the outcome of the presidential election.