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.

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.

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.

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.

Even Medical Devices Aren’t Scam-Free

July 6, 2017

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Banking apps may be better than you think.

Americans Give Up Security for Deals

May 5, 2017

The younger the consumer, the more likely they are to hand over personal data. The more likely they are to hand over their data, the higher the expectation to use that data positively.

Financial stress upsets business man traveling home by train

Most Young Millennials Don’t Know What a 401(k) Is

May 4, 2017

Millennials don’t know what basic money terms are, and that’s a big problem.

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Babysitters Make Much More Than Minimum Wage

May 3, 2017

The national average for babysitting is nearly $14 an hour while minimum wage workers are still making $7.25 an hour.

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Men are More Likely to Seek Financial Advice Than Women

May 2, 2017

Men are more likely to ask for financial advice than women. What’s holding women back from talking about money?

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Gender Pay Gap Still Exists Up to Five Years After College Graduation

May 2, 2017

The gender pay gap exists even for the youngest of workers, as young men and women won’t see equal pay until five years after they graduate from college.

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Americans are Stressing Over Retirement Savings Hardship

May 1, 2017

Nearly half of all Americans don’t believe they will reach their retirement goals by the time they hit actual retirement age.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?