Dawn Papandrea

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

Her other work — which covers a range of topics from parenting to higher education to marketing — can be found in Family Circle, WomansDay.com, 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, Rewards, Shopping

Extreme bedroom makeovers – on a budget

With my older son turning 14 in a few weeks and starting high school in the fall, we thought it’s time that he and his 9-year-old brother have their own space. They’ve been sharing a bedroom since the little guy…
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Living with credit, Rewards

How to get your baseball fix (on the cheap)

Baseball season is here, but ticket prices in New York (and probably where you are, too) are sky high (not to mention parking, concessions, etc.). I really want to get to a Mets game, but the cost involved isn’t fitting…
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Living with credit, Rewards

5 signs you’re a credit geek (like me!)

I’ve always been on the nerdy side, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve become a credit geek. I used to be one of the “cool kids” who was a free spirit spender who didn’t worry about boring subjects…
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Living with credit

How a big new bill has me adjusting our family budget

In my past life, I always thought of my credit cards as my backup plan if I really wanted something (or needed to pay a bill) when I didn’t have the cash. I grew up with the mindset that everyone…
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Living with credit, Rewards, Shopping

How to use your year-end credit summary to set new goals

How do you plot a brighter financial future? For me, it helps to look into the past. My credit card year-end summary can be eye-opening, frightening and useful for setting goals. If your card issuer offers a year-end summary, study…
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