About Lindsay VanSomeren
Personal finance writer
- Personal Loans
- Student Loans
- Auto Loans
- Credit Cards
- 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
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A home equity line of credit (HELOC) offers peace of mind and flexibility to borrow money when you need it. Most HELOCs even...
Most experts recommend using private student loans as a last-resort option to pay for college...
It’s often best to avoid personal loans for investing because the risks are high, and it makes little financial sense. But can it...
You can refinance your auto loan if you meet a lender’s requirements. Whether you should is another matter that depends on your goals...
The HELOC and home equity loan appraisal process can look different today thanks to the...
In some cases, requesting a larger credit limit can help you make larger purchases and increase your credit score. Plus, it’s often easy...
Unpaid student loans can haunt you forever. We’ll help you learn how to rehabilitate student loans so you can find a way out.