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.

17 Best Places to Find Small Task or Micro Jobs

Have you ever found yourself short on cash and in urgent need to make more? If you are also short on time and want to make a little extra spending money, a micro job could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Cat Alford 15 Sep

Should Chores and Allowance Go Together? Here’s What the Experts Have to Say

Many experts agree on the merits of giving kids an allowance, but the disagreements arise when that income is based on completing household tasks. Should kids get paid to do chores? Here’s what the experts have to say.

Cat Alford 16 Aug

How and Where to Open an IRA

An IRA should be part of your retirement arsenal. It’s one of the best savings and investment vehicles you can have. Here’s how to open an IRA and where to start your account, including which brokers have the lowest fees.

Cat Alford 30 Jul

How to Become a Social Media Manager

Becoming a social media manager isn’t easy, but it is possible. You can either work for a company or be your own boss. Learn how to create an online portfolio, reach out to companies and find your next gig.

Cat Alford 07 Jul

Visa and MasterCard Aren’t the Only Types of Debit Cards You Need to Know About

Your debit card is the most versatile card in your wallet. You can use it to buy something in person or online or withdraw cash from your bank account. Each type of debit card has its own advantages and drawbacks.

Cat Alford 06 May

How to Manage Your Money (Without Losing Your Mind)

If you’re wondering how to manage your money but aren’t sure where to start, you’re not alone. Money management isn’t something you learn in school (although this is changing) and many of you probably didn’t learn money management from your parents.

Cat Alford 18 Apr

How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?

Many people worry whether or not they’re saving enough money for retirement. To make matters more complicated, there is a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes to retirement savings goals, the ideal withdrawal rate, and more.

Cat Alford 28 Mar

What is a Sinking Fund and Do I Need One?

A sinking fund is money you set aside every month for a specific purpose. Whereas emergency funds are for financial surprises, sinking funds are for planned expenses that are easy to forget about because they only pop up every few months.

Cat Alford 25 Mar

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