Kate Underwood

Kate Underwood is a personal finance writer who frequently annoys her friends and family with finance recommendations. She pivoted a few years ago, leaving a longtime teaching career to pursue freelance writing, and has loved every minute of it! She's a mom of two and in her free time enjoys all things related to nature, hiking, and The Office.

It’s long been a question posed in personal finance circles, with plenty of disagreement. What’s more important: growing your income, or saving more money? Earning more or saving more? Some experts will vehemently state that you must focus on earning more, because that’s limitless. Frugality will only get you so far. They’re right.  Others will […]


Everyone wants to get the best education possible, but is saving money on a college degree really possible? Of course it is! As with most purchases, there’s a low end of the price range for a college degree and a high end. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have to sign your whole life […]

401k Rules

A 401(k) is a fabulous tool for savvy retirement savers, and it’s a great idea to get a jump on your retirement contributions early in the new year. With the beginning of 2021 comes a fresh start on a lot of financial things, so be sure you know the 401(k) rules for 2021 in order […]

401K plan

When money is tight, your emergency fund is the first place you should look for help. If you don’t have a robust emergency fund in place, taking some money from your 401(k) early may seem like an attractive option. But should you make early 401(k) withdrawals?  A lot of people are stressed about their finances […]

Happy New Year

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that you can never truly be prepared for every curveball life may throw your way. A global pandemic has taken all of us out of our normal lives and into something completely unexpected. We now know more than ever how important it is to prepare your finances ahead of […]

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