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Rebecca Lake

Home Buying, Retirement and Investing Expert

Rebecca Lake has been writing about the nuts and bolts of personal finance for nearly a decade. She is an expert in investing, retirement and home buying topics. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report and Investopedia. As a homeschooling mom of two, she's always looking for ways to make the most of every dollar.

Posts by Rebecca Lake:

by Rebecca Lake May 18, 2018

Credit cards can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you use them. If you’re charging more than you can pay off each month or you’re using your cards to shuffle your debt around, it’s probably time to put them away for good. On the other hand, there are some benefits to paying with credit if you’re using your cards wisely. Depending on what you’re buying, you may be able to take advantage of special deals or discounts, earn rewards for every dollar you spend or get added protection for your purchases. Here are just a few things that you may be better off buying with plastic. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 22, 2016

Buying a house is a major financial milestone but it’s also a huge responsibility. If you’re ready to make the transition from renting to home ownership, you need to be sure that you’re financially prepared to take the leap. There are several red flags that could indicate that it’s not the right time for you to buy. We’ve put together a list of warning signs you should look out for before you take on a mortgage. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jan 02, 2015

Everyone likes to save money and one of the easiest ways to keep more cash in your wallet is to shop secondhand. Whether you’re browsing the local flea market or surfing the ads on Craigslist, you’re sure to find deals on everything from books to clothes to furniture. While it’s better to buy some things used, there are certain purchases you can’t afford to skimp on. Here’s a list of things we think you’re better off buying new, even if it means spending a little more. Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 23, 2014

One of the most time-consuming aspects of visiting a new doctor or changing your health insurance is filling out your medical history. After you’ve filled out a mountain of forms, you’ll be asked to… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 25, 2018

Home mortgage rates are near historical lows and despite rising more than a full percentage point this summer, have started dropping again this week. Refinancing while rates are low can potentially… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Aug 22, 2018

No one likes to think about dying but when it comes to managing your finances, you have to be prepared for the inevitable. Having a solid estate plan in place can ensure that your family is taken… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 08, 2016

Health insurance is designed to help cover the costs of your medical care, whether you’re going in for a routine checkup or undergoing emergency surgery. Comprehensive plans typically cover both… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jan 18, 2019

If you’re looking to build your emergency fund or stash away some extra cash for that big screen TV you’ve had your eye on, a savings account is a logical choice. While traditional savings accounts… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jan 02, 2015

If the bills are piling up and creditors are hounding you over unpaid debts, it may seem like the only way out is to file bankruptcy. While filing bankruptcy can give you a financial clean slate, it… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jan 02, 2015

If you’re looking for ways to trim your budget, buying things that have been previously owned can save you a lot of money. While it’s true that you get what you pay for, buying secondhand doesn’t… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jan 02, 2015

If you don’t have health insurance, you’re not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 50 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2010. Cost is a major obstacle that prevents many… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Feb 13, 2017

Navigating the home-buying process can be confusing and frustrating, especially if you’re going it alone. Having an experienced real estate agent on your side can make it easier to find a home you… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 08, 2016

Your health is an invaluable asset that you can’t afford to neglect. How well you take care of yourself has a significant impact on your quality of life and it can also affect your finances. If you… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 25, 2018

When it comes to buying and selling real estate, there are certain situations where it helps to have a qualified legal professional on your side. If you’re looking to get into real estate investing,… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jul 09, 2018

Property values are on the rebound and for many homeowners, the bump in home equity has made the possibility of refinancing a reality. Refinancing your mortgage at a lower rate can save you thousands… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Jun 19, 2018

Summer is winding down and millions of students across the country are headed off to college for the first time. If you haven’t done it already, opening a student bank account should be the at the… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

Unless you can tell the future, it’s impossible to predict when a financial disaster may strike. A car accident, sudden illness or damage to your home can all wreak havoc on your bank account unless… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

For many young adults, heading off to college means a new level of freedom but it also brings with it a new set of responsibilities. While it may not seem that important, the choices you make when it… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 22, 2014

The cost of higher education has been a hot topic in recent months. Headlines about congressional squabbles regarding student loan interest rates, and reports of student loan debt topping $1 trillion… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 23, 2014

For many freshly-minted grads struggling to find their footing in a tough job market, the arrival of their first student loan bill is a harsh reality check. Just as student loan debt is approaching… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Dec 22, 2014

A college degree is crucial to success in today’s job market, but the rising costs of earning a diploma is making it harder for young Americans today. Scholarships, grants and student loans can ease… Read more

by Rebecca Lake Mar 14, 2018

With the average yearly cost of attendance approaching $20,000 for public colleges and universities and $40,000 for private schools, more students than ever are financing their education. As a result… Read more