Lindsay VanSomeren

Lindsay VanSomerenLindsay is a personal finance expert and writer based in Washington state. After graduating with two degrees in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Lindsay found herself underemployed and $100,000 in debt.

She has since learned how to manage money wisely and uses her experience to help others make smart financial decisions. Today, her work appears on sites like Credit Karma, Magnify Money, Wisebread, Centsai, Discover, and Chime Bank.

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys hiking, reading, homebrewing, travel hacking, and sharing her personal experience on her own blog,

What is Micro Investing and Is It Worth It?

Micro investing apps allow anyone to get started passive investing with as little as $5 in many cases. They’re designed to make investing fun by offering well-designed interfaces and often feature easy-to-understand descriptions of exactly what you’re doing and why.

Lindsay VanSomeren 28 Aug

12 Places to Sell Used DVDs for Cash Online (and Locally)

If you need to make money fast, one of the easiest ways to do so is by selling items you’re no longer using. DVDs are a perfect first choice, especially if you’re using a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu for entertainment.

Lindsay VanSomeren 28 Aug

How to Check Your Credit Score for Free

Knowing where your credit score stands is part of your total financial health package. And nowadays, you don’t even have to pay to check your credit score. Find out which sites let you check your credit score for free.

Lindsay VanSomeren 19 Jul

8 Steps to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

It’s a common scenario for most people: you only have a few dollars left by the time payday rolls around, Learn more on how to stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Lindsay VanSomeren 19 Jul

7 Simple Steps to Increase Your Credit Score

A good credit score is essential if you need a loan to start a business, buy a house, or pay your child’s college tuition. You can improve your credit score by making just a few simple changes to your finances.

Lindsay VanSomeren 05 Jun

How to Create a Financial Plan to Reach Your Goals

Not having a plan to reach your goals is like taking a road trip without a map and hoping you reach your destination. The biggest benefit of a financial plan is that it provides actionable steps to achieve your goals.

Lindsay VanSomeren 04 Jun

How to Avoid Overdraft Fees

Overdraft fees are a result of not having enough money in your bank account to cover a purchase. Overdraft coverage can help you avoid these costly fees. However, it may not be the best way to avoid overdraft fees depending on your situation.

Lindsay VanSomeren 22 May

Amazon Fresh Review: Can This Grocery Delivery Service Actually Save You Money?

There’s been a lot of buzz lately around grocery delivery services, particularly Amazon Fresh. It may sound like a dream to have your groceries sent straight to your home, but what’s the real cost, and is it worth it?

Lindsay VanSomeren 26 Apr

How to Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage and When to Start Trying

A pre-approval letter for a mortgage gives you an edge over other buyers in a competitive market. It streamlines the home buying process. It also shows what you can really afford before you sign on the dotted line.

Lindsay VanSomeren 14 Mar

Money Market vs. CD: How to Choose the Best Investment for You

If you’re saving up for a big purchase such as a dream vacation or even just a grocery-getter car, money market accounts and CDs are two great tools that’ll help you get there. But you should know the difference between these two options.

Lindsay VanSomeren 12 Mar