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 Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Indulge, realtor.com, Quartz, and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.

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Renters Aren’t Buying Homes Because of Down Payment Woes

April 27, 2017

Renters are having trouble saving for a down payment, making buying a home costly and more difficult.

Americans Agree with Research: They Aren’t Financially Literate

April 26, 2017

You probably don’t know enough about financial literacy, and your parents are to blame for it.

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If You’ve Got a Teen, You’ve Got Amazon Prime

April 25, 2017

Amazon Prime has turned into a must-have for homes with teens in them. If you’ve got kids, it’s likely you’ll have Amazon Prime.

Work excuses you can use

How Our Jobs Are Making Us Sick

April 24, 2017

Unless you’ve got a mighty hefty inheritance or have been lucky enough to be born into money, you’ve gotta work. And you’re probably stressed about it.

spending tax refund

Should You Spend Your Tax Refund Now? 

April 21, 2017

A quarter of Americans expecting a tax return will spend their money before they get it.

Make sure your health benefits add up.

The Sicker You Are, the Worse Our Country Is

April 19, 2017

The healthiest counties in America made more money on average, had a higher economic growth, and a lower unemployment rate.

home seller

It’s a Seller’s Market, but What Are They Going to Buy?

April 18, 2017

Low inventory on homes means sellers may not find a new place to live.

weight or money

Millennials Would Rather Pack on the Pounds Than Pay Taxes

April 17, 2017

If you could get out of paying your taxes, would you rather gain 20 pounds, drop Wi-Fi for a year, or see your credit score plummet?

Your Bank Card Info Is Going to Get Stolen

April 13, 2017

Debit card compromises are up dramatically and ATMs are a huge part of it.

child playing with apps

Kids Spend All Their Money on Apps

April 12, 2017

What do young kids spend all their money on? And how are they making that money in the first place?

gender pay gap

The State of the Pay Gap

April 11, 2017

Pay gaps are still really real. Some are widening, while others are nearly closed.

Shhh: I’m Giving You Money

April 10, 2017

Aging Americans want to leave an inheritance, but don’t want to talk about it.

elder financial abuse

The Ripple Effect of Ripped-Off Seniors

April 6, 2017

When elder relatives get financially abused, caregivers struggle to keep them afloat.

best retirement accounts

We Hate Retirement Plans So Much We Forget About Them

April 5, 2017

A lot of Americans are leaving their IRAs when they leave their jobs.

Equal pay day

Women Won’t See Equal Pay Until 2248

April 4, 2017

For Equal Pay Day, women are still far behind men and won’t see equal pay for more than 200 years.

finance jobs for women

Ironically, The Worst-Paying Job for Women Is in Finance

April 3, 2017

Ladies earn nearly half what their male counterparts make when it comes to this one job.

Retirement is top concern for many Americans

It’s Lonely Down Here

March 30, 2017

Lower-income, older Americans aren’t enjoying retirement age

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Underwater Homes Surface — Barely

March 29, 2017

Fewer homes are underwater, but it’s not making much of a difference as a couple metro areas are starting to suffer way more than others.

2017 taxes

Settling the Splurges

March 28, 2017

As more Americans plan to save their tax refunds, fewer plan shopping sprees.

You’re Not Talking to Your Grown Kid about Money

March 27, 2017

Most families believe having money chats is very important but neither parents nor their adult children are actually talking about finances.

top hacks and scams of 2017

How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017

Internet of Things, stolen fingerprints among biggest scam predictions for 2017

parents stressed about retirement

No Parents, You Can’t Have It All

March 22, 2017

Parents are downsizing and delaying retirement to make sure their kids and their savings are both in tact.

This guy needs a car insurance claim.

Your Auto Insurance Premiums Are Going Up

March 21, 2017

Depending on where you live, your costs could be up by more than 60 percent.

jobs that do not require degrees

Need a Job? Head to Health Care

March 20, 2017

There are more than 20,000 openings across the country for nurse practitioners, physicians.

money causes divorce

Couples Aren’t Talking About Money in Marriage

March 16, 2017

Lack of communication about finances can ruin relationships. Most marriages that end in divorce prove that money played a part in some form.

tax fraud

Our Tax Data Keeps Getting Stolen but It’s All Good

March 15, 2017

We might have had billions of dollars in tax fraud last year but most Americans aren’t worried about getting scammed.

Millennial retirement

Need Long-Term Health Care? Move to Louisiana

March 14, 2017

The least and most expensive states to live in when it comes to long-term health care, from home health aides to living facilities.

Do you pay use tax?

Tax Refunds Are Helping Us Save

March 13, 2017

Most Americans will save their money or pay off debt with their returns.

get out of medical debt

It’s Coming from Inside the Hospital

March 9, 2017

We’re getting our medical data stolen, and most scammers are taking it straight from the hospitals themselves
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Can you handle a medical credit card?

Health Savings Accounts Hit Record Highs

March 8, 2017

More than 20 million Americans are taking advantage of health savings accounts. Should you get one?

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Look Out: Mortgage Payments Will Go Up This Year

March 7, 2017

With the expected raise in the federal funds rate and climbing home values, potential homeowners may be wary about buying this year.

Tax Day tips and facts to avoid tax debt

Join the Club, Tax Refund Savers

March 6, 2017

Most of us will stash away our refunds this year, as fewer Americans plan to spend them.

mortgage rates in 2017

It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

health care data security

Medical Records are Stolen Every Single Day

March 1, 2017

44 percent of Americans are worried about their personal health care information being stolen and at least one record is stolen everyday.

High interest savings accounts

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.

medical expenses debt

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.

job satisfaction

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.

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.

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.

how to avoid financial stress

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.

Love libraries

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.

wedding costs

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.

Taxes done for free

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.