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Lindsay VanSomeren

Lindsay VanSomeren is a personal finance writer living in Suquamish, Washington. She's passionate about helping people learn how to manage their money better so that they can live the life they want. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures, reading, and learning new languages and hobbies.

About Lindsay VanSomeren

Current Role

Personal finance writer


  • Mortgages
  • Personal Loans
  • Student Loans
  • Auto Loans
  • Banking
  • Budgeting
  • Debt
  • Insurance
  • Credit Cards
  • Credit


  • Bachelor's and master's degree in wildlife biology and conservation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Personal Finance Experience

Lindsay doesn't come from a traditional personal finance background, having originally trained to be a wildlife biologist in Alaska. She changed course after being driven nearly to bankruptcy from a combination of poor money management skills, a low income, and buying a home that turned out to be a lemon.

Happily, she's turned her financial life around and recently purchased a new home (the right way) in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Today she dedicates her time to helping other people learn how to manage their money better, too, whether that's through explainers, guides, company reviews, and more. Her work appears widely around the internet, and she's written more than a thousand personal finance articles for over 60 different websites.

Latest from Lindsay VanSomeren

Who Owns the House With a Reverse Mortgage?

A reverse mortgage is an option if you’re over 62 with a paid-off or mostly paid-off home and need to borrow money. Unlike...

How to Get a $2,500 Personal Loan

A personal loan is a handy way to borrow money for a variety of purposes—often spending less on financing than you would with...

Truist Personal Loans Review

Truist is a newer bank founded in late 2019 by the merger of BB&T and SunTrust Bank. Those banks were already large, and...

Best Banks to Refinance Auto Loans

Few things in life are guaranteed, but you can be sure that your financial situation and the broader economy will change throughout the...

Funding Circle Business Loans Review

Funding Circle is an international small business lender that launched in 2010. It’s based out of the U.K., where it’s listed on the...

Refinance MBA Student Loans

If you have a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), you know it can be a valuable key to unlocking high-paying doors.  But that...

Student Loan Refinance Bonuses

If you’re struggling to make your payments or just want to save some money, refinancing your student loans can help. Swapping your debt...

How Much Does It Cost to Refinance Student Loans?

You’re not alone if you’re looking to refinance your student loans. Thousands of people swap...

Upstart vs. LendingClub Personal Loans

Upstart and LendingClub are two popular lenders that offer personal loans for various uses, such as consolidating debt, paying for home renovations, or...

How Does a HELOC Work?

Home equity lines of credit—or HELOCs, as they’re more commonly known—are one of the most popular tools that homeowners use to borrow against...