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I'm the former editorial assistant at CreditCards.com, and no, I don't like coffee (it's a family name). Upon finishing college, I was horrified to learn how little my friends and I knew about credit and personal finance. It seems our dear parents forgot to mention a few things, so I have made it my mission to help those in the dark understand the ins and outs of credit, debt, identity theft and other vital issues.
I graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film, and with what I like to call "an unofficial major in journalism." I convinced the J-school to let me take a news writing and editing course, I interned at two magazines, was the editor of a student newspaper for over a year and have done lots of freelance writing and editing. Before joining the CreditCards.com team, I had a brief stint in public relations and marketing.
I am also a published photographer and classical and rock cellist. I reside in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world, with a mischievous Min Pin and a jerk of a cat.
By Emily Crone / March 15, 2013
In just five days, spring will be here. Spring and fall are my favorite seasons here in Texas, where we have beautiful, mild weather that briefly tricks me into forgetting about our sweltering summers. As we all know, spring is a metaphor for cleaning out and new beginnings.
Use these following 10 blog posts that I enjoyed as inspiration to make this season a time for change and financial growth.
By Emily Crone / March 8, 2013
Low-income people in poor countries can’t usually access traditional banking systems. Either there isn’t one, or they don’t have enough credit to qualify. This stifles entrepreneurs and artisans in small communities who want to grow their businesses. Enter Kiva, a nonprofit that facilitates microloans from individuals like me to individuals or groups in impoverished countries.
Each time I’ve given loan, I have teared up. How amazing is it that we as regular individuals can help someone in another country change their life and grow their business for only $25 at a time? I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live in a world where I couldn’t qualify for a bank account or not be considered for a loan of any kind, even a credit card.
Learn more about my microloans and read on to learn about 10 of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week, all of which have excellent money tips and tricks!
By Emily Crone / March 1, 2013
If you looked at my monthly debit card charges, you would think I’m obese. I find eating to be one of the greatest joys in life. I also find cooking more stressful than soothing. But as my husband’s law school graduation nears, I need to get my food spending in check.
This week I attended my first cooking class, which reassured me that I just might be able to throw together some healthy and easy meals at a reasonable price. Learn more about my cooking class and explore my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the week.
By Emily Crone / February 22, 2013
In modern times, it’s hard to imagine a former president being broke. Presidents currently earn $400,000 per year while on the job, plus a healthy annual pension. More recent former presidents, including Bill Clinton and the Bushes, have also earned a fortune through speaking gigs and book deals.
Monday was President’s Day, and after recently watching a show about presidents on the History Channel, I was sad to hear that some former presidents from long ago were very poor, if not broke, after leaving office. I did some digging to learn about why this happened. Read what I learned and explore my list of 10 of the best personal finance blog posts from the week!
By Emily Crone / February 15, 2013
Due to frightening anecdotes and my own encounter with fraud, whenever I see something on my account that doesn’t look familiar, I have a minor freak-out. Then I do my research, and I usually find out that it was just a case of mistaken identity–the merchant used a name on my credit card statement that I wasn’t expecting.
In this week’s roundup of my favorite blog posts, the first two are right on topic and address what happens when you lose your credit cards and other identifying information. The rest offer great tips and stories about credit, debt and personal finance success.