Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn is a full-time freelance journalist based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She’s president of Blossomers Media, Inc., a web development and online media consulting company. Along with her work on debt.com, she’s been a longtime freelancer for Money Talks News — a personal and consumer finance website — and South Florida Gay News — the largest weekly LGBT newspaper in the South.

Zinn has written for a variety of other publications, including Huffington Post, The Week, Quartz, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Indulge, and realtor.com.

Millennials shop online for the holidays

Black Friday was the Busiest Online Shopping Day of the Season

December 15, 2017

Online shoppers showed up in record numbers,

A jar full of change for a college savings fund

Despite More Planning, Families Find College is Still Surprisingly Expensive

December 15, 2017

Parents are underestimating the cost of college for their children by tens of thousands (and sometimes hundreds of thousands) of dollars.

A black woman is hit with fraud on her smartphone

The Older You Are, The More Likely You’ll Get Hit with Fraud

December 15, 2017

Older people are easy victims to scammers, who are targeted more than other age groups.

Child tangled up in Christmas lights for the holiday roundup

Holiday Bonuses: From Your Work to Your Wallet

December 15, 2017

This roundup is full of financial festivities, failures, and funnies.

Find the best credit cards and use them strategically!

A Lot of Americans have Store-Branded Credit Cards

December 14, 2017

Many shoppers are using store credit cards for purchases, but don’t know how bad that is hurting their wallets.

Package missing from someone's home doorstep

You Probably Know Someone That’s Had a Package Stolen

December 11, 2017

And it’s only going to increase over the holidays.

Researching vacation time

If You’re Trying to Lower Your Debt, Get Out of Hawaii

December 6, 2017

Hawaii has 539 times more debt than Washington DC.

Man Shocked Online Shop.

Holiday Cheers and Fears: Shop More, Get Hacked

December 4, 2017

A lot of consumers are worried about getting hacked but we aren’t doing anything to protect ourselves.

Pennsylvanians are Stressed This Holiday Season.

People in Pennsylvania Are Stressed This Holiday Season

November 30, 2017

Some cities are more stressed out than others during the holidays, while many are happier this season.

We Overspend at the Holidays and Don't Stop

We Overspend at the Holidays and Don’t Stop

November 29, 2017

Half of Americans create a holiday budget but most of us have busted our budgets before.

Victims are interested in learning exactly how do people steal identities

Shopping Online? You’re Asking to Get Hacked

November 27, 2017

More than half of consumers think fraud is just part of what happens when we shop online.

Families can save money and stay on budget with Black Friday shopping

Our Terrible Math Skills Are Costing Us Major Savings During the Holidays

November 24, 2017

Americans looking for deals aren’t pricing out final costs before buying.

someone holding a credit card and laptop

Budget Holiday Shopping Means Online Shopping

November 23, 2017

Parents with budgets are more likely to shop online rather than in-store to avoid impulse buys.

Digital shopping apps, like QR readers, can help you save money in the store, helping to control your clothing budget

Millennials Bringing Back In-Store Shopping

November 22, 2017

More than half of young adults are planning to shop in-store this year but will be using their phones to search for deals.

Cyber Monday

The Holiday Shopping Season Will End on Cyber Monday

November 21, 2017

Most shoppers will complete — not start — their holiday shopping by the time Cyber Monday ends.

Hassle-free gifts

We Hate Giving Presents

November 20, 2017

Many Americans would prefer spending time with family and friends over buying presents for them.

Time to think about retirement savings: Stacks of coins lead up to a retirement savings jar with an alarm clock

Americans Want Retirement Income to Last a Lifetime — Not Just Awhile

November 17, 2017

More Americans would like to get a steady stream of income through retirement to last them until they die, but most workplaces don’t offer this lifetime benefit.

home seller

It’s Now Faster to Buy a Home

November 16, 2017

Homes are closing faster, but rising costs are turning off a lot of would-be buyers.

millennial with student loans

What Do You Do Between Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? Sofa Sunday

November 15, 2017

Spend the day before Cyber Monday browsing deals on the newly minted “Sofa Sunday.”

Americans paying for college

Billions of Free Money for College was Left Behind by New Students

November 14, 2017

This year, 1.2 million high school grads didn’t fill out a FAFSA, leaving $2.3 billion of free money behind.

Baby boomers say to save long and prosper

Advice From Baby Boomers: Never Stop Saving

November 13, 2017

Baby boomers say they are financially ready for retirement. Most say that living life on the cheap side will leave you more money in your later years.

Organize your cards so you can reduce credit card debt

Credit Cards Everywhere and Not One to Use

November 13, 2017

Most credit card users aren’t happy with their current cards and will keep looking for new ones.

Can they garnish my wages so much I have to bust my piggy bank?

Americans Are Outliving Their Retirement Savings

November 10, 2017

There aren’t enough workplace retirement plans and even for those that do have one.

online banking is safe and easy

Who Needs Black Friday When We Can Shop Now?

November 9, 2017

A lot of people started their shopping for the holidays before Nov. 1. One-third started before October.

Falls Park in Greenville, South Carolina

Move to South Carolina to Live Within Your Means

November 8, 2017

Low levels of housing debt, credit usage, and loan balances make these Southern cities the best places to live and pocket more of your own cash.

Happy couple in a car that saved on auto insurance by bundling it

Would You Like Auto Insurance with That?

November 7, 2017

Having the same insurance provider for your homeowners insurance and your auto insurance could save you a few hundred dollars a year.

Start getting travel rewards now.

Surprise, Surprise: Florida Is the Best Place to Retire

November 1, 2017

The best places to retire according to retirees and pre-retirees and their biggest priorities, like housing, taxes, and the job market.

Latin American couple shopping at the grocery store

Latin Americans Have It Worse Than Other Americans

October 31, 2017

One-third of Hispanic families have less than $500 in emergency savings and are less likely to pay off debt and save for retirement compared to the rest of the nation.

A dog dressed as a ghost goes trick-or-treating on Halloween

San Francisco Residents are The Best Halloween Treaters

October 30, 2017

High home values, income, and population give San Francisco the best place for kids to get the most amount of candy in the shortest amount of time.

Except for These Jobs, Men Earn More Than Women

Men Earn More Than Women — Except in These Jobs

October 26, 2017

According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make less money than their male counterparts in most jobs, but not all.

Colorado Pays A LOT in Health Care

Sorry, Colorado, You Pay A LOT in Health Care

October 25, 2017

Colorado residents are paying an average of $916 annually for out-of-pocket health care expenses, or 28 percent more than the national average.

ID Theft: Hacker in front of computer

ID Theft Should Spook You

October 23, 2017

Most companies aren’t prepared for data breaches, as more than half of U.S. companies have been hacked so far this year.

A car drives fast through a forest highway, which could affect the driver's auto insurance

Your Insurance Rate Goes Up the More You Drive

October 20, 2017

When you drive more, it means you are at more of a risk to get into an accident than those who drive less.

Baby boomer senior couple enjoying a cup of coffee together

Boomers Aren’t Doing as Bad as Everyone Thinks They Are

October 17, 2017

The most financial unstable baby boomers are doing better than we all thought they were doing, but they still aren’t doing great.

Renting family forced to move out by rent increases

Renters Are Being Priced Out

October 16, 2017

Regular workers can’t afford to live in any major metro area in the country.

Hacker in a hoodie committing identity theft very stereotypically

Security Is Down, Worry Is Up, and We’re All Doomed

October 13, 2017

More people than ever are worried about ID theft. But big institutions and companies aren’t prepared to handle major breaches and can’t hire workers fast enough.

A black father and his son laugh and hug on the couch

Income Inequality Is Worse Than You Think

October 12, 2017

According to a recent study, high-income white Americans overestimated the racial income gap more than other groups.

Men Earn More Than Women on Home Equity.

Men Out-Earn Women in Home Equity

October 11, 2017

Higher salaries mean higher rates of earned home equity. Men are out-earning women in more ways than one.

New Home Owners

Dirt Cheap Areas to Live

October 10, 2017

There are cities across the nation that are cheap enough for you to live in and land a well-paying job.

Debt Is the Biggest Financial Stressor.

Surprising No One, Debt Is the Biggest Financial Stressor in the Country

October 6, 2017

Almost one-quarter of Americans say debt is their top financial stressor. But it’s more than half of all the states in the union. How can they get out of it?

Credit card theft happens every day

The Older You Are, the Happier Your Credit Card Makes You

October 4, 2017

Customer satisfaction for credit cards is increasing, but when broken down by age, Americans younger than 40 aren’t as happy as their older peers.

Researching vacation time

Americans are More Invested in Vacations than Retirement

October 3, 2017

Americans would rather put more time, effort, and money into researching vacations and their future vehicles than make financial investments.

Plan to bridge your retirement gap by spending your golden years near the Mississippi River

Stretch Your Dollar Across the Mississippi

October 2, 2017

One million dollars will last you more than 26 years in Mississippi, while it’ll get less than half that in Hawaii.

Apartment rental costs factor into the decision of whether to rent or buy

Apartment Rental Costs Vary Drastically Around the Country

September 29, 2017

Apartments across the country vary widely in cost. The most expensive city in the country costs six times as much as the cheapest.

A man with a block of cheese counts his discretionary income

Where Your Money Is Worth the Most

September 26, 2017

This map will show you where you can make the most of your disposable income.

A mansion with a pool in a rich neighborhood

Won’t You Be My (Rich) Neighbor?

September 25, 2017

Million-dollar neighborhoods are on the rise all over the country, with some metro areas seeing huge spikes while others are experiencing major drops.

This woman knows how to live richer which is why she's smiling

The Best Places to Live Richer Aren’t the Most Expensive

September 20, 2017

Average household income, home prices, and childcare costs are the best in New Hampshire, making it the best state to live a rich life.

Hispanic woman with a credit card knows how to improve your credit score

Improve Your Credit Score by Taking Notes from Hispanics

September 15, 2017

Nearly 9 in 10 Hispanics have checked their scores because they’re actively looking to buy a home or get a loan. More Hispanics are checking up on their credit than Americans overall.

A super hacker in a hoodie breaks into your computer security using his laptop

This Year We’ve Been Hacked at Record Speeds

September 14, 2017

The number of data breaches has soared through the first half of 2017, with most hacks hitting the business sector.

Workers are wasting time on their phones

Full-time Workers Keep Wasting Time on Their Phones

September 11, 2017

Workers spend an average of five hours a week on their phones doing nonwork things and their employers don’t like it. They also think their workers are doing it more often than they really are.