Cat Alford

Cat Alford, Personal Finance ExpertCatherine Alford is the go-to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families.

Cat was named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, and over the past few years her writing and financial expertise have been featured in dozens of notable publications like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider, and many more. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Mint, The Work at Home Woman, and Huffington Post Live and is a sought-after speaker at universities and large conferences on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship.

How to Track Expenses in 3 Easy Steps and Never Fail at Budgeting Again

If you’ve tried budgeting before and failed, you’re in good company. In fact, I’d argue it takes most people 3-6 months to learn how to track expenses, stick to a budget, and plan achievable goals for the future.

Cat Alford 31 Jan

How to Retire Early: Reach Early Retirement in 7 Simple Steps

What if you could go to work tomorrow, give your boss two weeks’ notice, and then never work a job again after that? The good news is that it’s possible. More and more people are learning how to retire early every day.

Cat Alford 30 Jan

What is a Credit Union and What are the Benefits of Membership?

Unlike banks, credit unions are member-owned. You can think of them like a cooperative where each member is a shareholder in a not-for-profit organization. Sometimes the money in your credit union account is even called shares instead of cash.

Cat Alford 30 Jan

How to Become Rich: A Legitimate “Get Rich” Strategy for Real People

Becoming rich is available to anyone, regardless of their upbringing or education level. Here are some realistic strategies to get rich without winning the lottery or inheriting a large sum of money.

Cat Alford 27 Jan

Money and Relationships: How to Merge Finances without Any Drama

There are many benefits to combining finances with your partner, namely a shared sense of unity and responsibility. Sharing bank accounts encourages you to work together to reach your financial goals, but it can also cause tension if you’re not careful.

Cat Alford 21 Jan

How to Save Money: 74 Money Savings Tips You Can Use Each Month

Saving money, it turns out, can be a challenge at first. But, that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible skill to learn. Once you learn how to save money, it gets addicting. Here are 74 money saving tips you can start using today.

Cat Alford 09 Dec

Christmas on a Budget: How to Save and Still Enjoy Your Holiday

Christmas is a time to be merry and giving, but many people think if they do Christmas on a budget, they won’t be able to enjoy their holiday. Here’s how to have a good time this holiday season without breaking the bank.

Cat Alford 13 Nov

9 Steps to Buying Your First Home (First Time Home Buyer’s Guide)

In this first time home buyers’ guide, you’ll learn how much house you can afford, how to get pre-approved for a loan, how to find a buyer’s agent, and even tips for ensuring you’re able to keep your home long after moving in.

Cat Alford 23 Oct