Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea is a Staten Island, New York-based freelance writer specializing in personal finance. She is a regular contributor to

Her other work -- which covers a range of topics from parenting to higher education to marketing -- can be found in Family Circle,, Parents, University Business, Content Marketing Institute, and others. If you're on Twitter, give Dawn a follow: @dawnpapandrea.

Posts by Dawn Papandrea

Rewards, Shopping, Travel

Start saving now for your summer vacation

Now that the holiday season is over, can we just fast-forward through winter and focus on summer vacation? Unfortunately, there are still a couple of dreary, cold months ahead, but it’s not too soon to start thinking warm thoughts and…
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Living with credit, Protecting yourself, Research, regulation, industry reports, Shopping

Resolved to pay off card debts? These four steps will help

Tackling credit card debt – and avoiding it in the future – are common themes of four of the six top financial goals for 2017 in a survey by Experian and Edelman Intelligence. While the top financial resolution is to…
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3 easy ways to stick to your holiday budget

Year after year we put together a spreadsheet or download an app to create a careful holiday budget, but even with the best of intentions we end up overspending. Nearly eight in 10 people in TD Bank’s Merry Money Holiday…
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Living with credit

4 easy things I did to trim my credit card bill

I’m not the type of person who splurges on a big, huge item, and I don’t impulse shop. What I am guilty of, however, are all of the smaller, seemingly innocent family budget purchases that add up over time. With…
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Living with credit, Protecting yourself, Shopping

7 ways to unstuff your family budget

Whether it’s the delicious side dish that goes with the turkey, or jamming toys and trinkets into a stocking, in November and December, we do a lot of stuffing. However, there’s one area that is better off staying lean, and…
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