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.

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Swipe Right for the Right Score

August 22, 2017

A good credit score will land you a future partner faster than a nice car, job, or body.

See how battle of the sexes affects the professional workforce in the U.S. in 2017

Battle of the Sexes in the Workforce

August 21, 2017

As every year passes, jobs usually held by one sex or another become less prominent as both move into jobs typically held by the opposite group.

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The Rent vs. Buy Debate Continues

August 21, 2017

In some states, it is cheaper to own a home, but there are some states where owning a home is more expensive than renting one.

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Borrowing Money Now Hurts Your Retirement Later

August 17, 2017

Employee-sponsored retirement plans are dying because workers are taking out loans without paying them back or leave a job without taking their retirement with them.

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Need a New Car? Hope You Don’t Live in Miami

August 14, 2017

Most American households can’t afford new cars in all but one of the largest metro areas in the country.

Nontraditional employees don't get benefits like health insurance, but they get to work from home.

Nontraditional Employees Don’t Have Benefits

August 11, 2017

One in four Americans are part-time workers or independent contractors, yet don’t have the same benefits — like health insurance or a retirement plan — like their traditional-working peers.

Still shot of Debt.com's rent map showing top cities for rental price increases and decreases in 2017

Renters: Get Away from California

August 7, 2017

There are major cities across the country seeing huge spikes in rent over the last year. Is it time to move?

You can put the brakes on overspending and save money on auto insurance by allowing your insurer to track your driving

We’re Driving Less But Paying More

August 3, 2017

Three years ago, 8.5 percent of drivers were letting companies track their driving habits. Now, that number is at 6 percent. You can save on insurance without letting companies track your driving.

40-hour work week? Try 60

Financial Woes Are Literally Killing Us

August 2, 2017

Almost half of Americans worry about their finances at least once a week, and almost one-quarter of us are probably thinking about our money problems at least once a day.

For saving money, clipping coupons with scissors still reins supreme, but is that really the best savings strategy?

If Nothing Else, We Save When We Shop

August 1, 2017

The vast majority of Americans search often for ways to save when going grocery shopping. If only we would stash away the money we save.

Woman happily driving convertible on a sunny day after she was able to refinance her car loan

Need a New Car? Head to Florida

July 31, 2017

Fly from your city to another city, buy a car and drive home and you will still pay less than if you had bought that car locally.

The cost of funerals can lead to debt without end of life planning; even without family inheritance you need estate planning

We Should Plan Our Funerals, But We Aren’t

July 31, 2017

Most Americans think planning their own funerals is important, but most aren’t actually doing it.

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Speeding can Lead to Big Insurance Jumps

July 28, 2017

Most drivers know that DUIs will make their insurance rates go up, but many may not know that minor driving infractions, like speeding and careless driving, will make your insurance premiums go up, too.

Save the children and moms

Bring Your Budget Back to School

July 27, 2017

More than half of parents shop with a back-to-school budget and expect a rise in expenses this year. But parents are working the extra expenses into their budget.

The cost of a pile of school supplies is nothing compared to the shocking state of school teacher pay

Back-to-School Shopping: $73 Billion

July 25, 2017

Kindergarten through college will cost consumers nearly $73 billion this back-to-school season, with college being roughly two-thirds of that.

An upset college graduate rests her head on her hand after she hears recent student debt statistics

Student Debt Hurts Women More Than Men

July 21, 2017

Women are suffering from student loan debt at a higher rate than men, and this first-person account of drowning in debt shows it.

CREDIT SCORE NOT A LOAN

Here Are All The Ways Your Credit Score Is About To Jump

July 17, 2017

Crippling debt can totally kill our credit history, which makes buying a home or car or even getting a credit card nearly impossible. But some new changes to reporting are going to seriously boost your credit score.

Technology moves faster than people, increasing the need for identity theft protection and cybersecurity

Cyber Attacks Are Coming and We Know It

July 14, 2017

Companies and organizations can’t find qualified people to fill cybersecurity positions — or time to train them

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Look What Happens When Companies Care About Employee Retirement

July 10, 2017

Employers who match contributions or have automatic programs set up for their employees have more workers who are prepared for retirement than those who don’t have any methods in place.

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Selling Your Home? Make It Blue-tiful

July 7, 2017

On average, homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than those without blue bathrooms.

Cyber thief sitting in front of a laptop, poised to steal your identity, personal data, and financial accounts

Even Medical Devices Aren’t Scam-Free

July 6, 2017

There are more than 8,000 security flaws from four different pacemaker manufacturers.

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

The World Is Running out of Retirement Money

July 3, 2017

Generations retiring in a couple decades may not even get a retirement because of a $400 trillion retirement savings gap.

Illustration of a battered man with low income who has become credit invisible

CFPB Wants Credit Card Offers to be More Transparent

June 28, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking retail credit card companies to end deferred interest card offers since many consumers don’t actually know what that means.

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CFPB Says Low-Income Americans Are ‘Credit Invisible’

June 27, 2017

Low-income consumers are 240 percent more likely to start their credit history with negative records, like a debt collection.

Illustration of man walking towards two paths symbolizing zero percent interest and deffered interest.

Zero Percent vs. Deferred Interest: Do You Know the Difference?

June 26, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants you to avoid falling into the trap of promotional credit card offers.

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Women Struggling Hard with Retirement Savings

June 15, 2017

Women are still primary caregivers, still earn less than their male counterparts, and still don’t believe they are financially ready for retirement.

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Job Recruiters Are Making Great Money

June 14, 2017

Job recruiters are seeing faster-than-average wage growth compared to other jobs around the country.

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Women are Better Than Men at Money Management

June 13, 2017

Women are not only better at saving, but also at investing. However, women don’t know they are better than men at money management.

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Why Health Savings Accounts Are Booming Right Now

June 12, 2017

As many older Americans gripe with how to afford retirement, they’re taking advantage of health savings accounts now more than ever.

ATMs are just one method of banking in today's technology-driven world

Don’t Take Advantage of Credit Card Cash Advances

June 8, 2017

Consumers are paying much more in cash advances than what they take out. Here’s a breakdown of the costs.

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Beware of Buried Expenses When Selling Your Home

June 7, 2017

Homeowners don’t realize that they can pay upwards of $15,000 just to sell their home.

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Are You Paying the Wrong Debt First?

June 6, 2017

We’re paying off unsecured personal loans faster than auto loans, mortgages, and credit cards and we probably shouldn’t be.

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We Don’t Care About Retirement as Much as We Say We Do

June 5, 2017

Most of us are worried about emergencies, health care, and vacations more than saving for our retirement.

Millennial retirement

Financial Flexibility Is Top Goal Among Pre-Retirees

June 1, 2017

Except only a handful are on their way to achieving that goal

Save the children and moms

Money Woes Make Moms Stressed

May 31, 2017

Moms claim that financial stress affects their relationships with their kids and husbands.

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Women Aren’t as Financially Well-off as They Think They Are

May 30, 2017

The loss of a spouse or divorce is a major test of financial independence.

Credit cards with hooks through them represents phishing, something IT departments must learn to be wary of

Information Technology Departments Don’t Care About Security

May 29, 2017

Most customers believe companies are responsible for securing their personal information, but only two-thirds of company officers and IT professionals agree with that.

How I protect myself from identity theft

Banks Warn Customers About Fraud More Often

May 25, 2017

Whether it’s a text message, phone call, email or letter, your banking institution can let you know when fraudulent activity occurs on your account. Do you get fraud alerts?

Young clever woman during her job and money conversation

This Summer: More Seasonal Work at Higher Pay

May 24, 2017

More companies, large and small, are on the hunt for great workers this summer, while pay for those jobs is also expected to go up.

Work excuses you can use

Just Being Poor Can Make You Sick

May 23, 2017

The more debt you have, the more likely you are to have higher stress levels, more weight gain, and increased sleep loss.

Relaxed business woman in office

Entrepreneur Moms Never Stop Working

May 22, 2017

Most entrepreneurial moms are still the primary caretakers of their families, but that hasn’t stopped them from leading hugely successful careers.

When it comes to kids and money, teach kids to work on their finances to avoid things like adult Millennials living at home

Millennial Adults Still Living At Home

May 18, 2017

Most moms say their adult children aren’t ready to live on their own and only one-third of young adults are looking to move out of their parent’s house.

Ruining retirement with bad planning

Boomers Aren’t Ready for Retirement

May 17, 2017

Most Americans believe they are financially prepared for retirement. As more baby boomers hit retirement age, they don’t know as much as they think they do when it comes to finances in the golden years.

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Cyber Attacks are Growing, Protection Isn’t

May 15, 2017

Businesses are treating their companies a lot like we treat our homes — the physical property is protected, but the online property isn’t.

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Record Spending on Spoiling Moms for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2017

Moms are about to get royally spoiled this Mother’s Day, as spending is going to hit an all-time high.

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Trump’s Travel Ban Is Hurting Honeymoon Trips

May 11, 2017

One-in-five couples are changing their honeymoon travel plans. That could hit the travel and tourism industry by plummeting $215 million to $430 million annually.

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Why You Should Refinance Your Student Loans

May 10, 2017

As college costs continue to grow, graduates should refinance their loans sooner to lower interest rates, which means you could pay off your loan sooner.

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Wedding Gift Value Differs Depending on Where You Live

May 9, 2017

Residents in the northeast tend to pay an average of $200 for wedding gifts — the highest among all regions in the nation.

Portrait of young stressed woman sitting at home office desk in front of laptop, touching head with frustrated facial expression, having headache, overworked or depressed about health

Despite Less Anxiety, Americans Still Worry About Health Care

May 9, 2017

While Americans are divided on issues like how the government should be run and defense spending, many of them on both sides of the aisle are concerned about health care.

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Job Problems Are Hurting Savings for Boomers

May 8, 2017

Nearly one-third of Americans 50 years of age and older have faced career setbacks and by 2021, retirees will lose $4.3 trillion in retirement savings.