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

Living with credit, Protecting yourself, Travel

Do credit cards cover checked electronic devices?

U.S.- and U.K.-bound airline passengers who can no longer carry on devices larger than a cellphone won’t find that their credit cards offer much protection for laptops and other pricey electronics checked in their luggage. While the new rule to…
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Living with credit, Protecting yourself, Rewards

Tax season is a great time to check credit, finances

Every year at tax time, I’m forced to sift through my shoebox full of receipts, print out spreadsheets and take inventory of my financial accounts. I might be a personal finance writer, but my record keeping admittedly needs some work.…
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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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