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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

Student Loan Default Guide

Student loan default can make you feel like you’re out of options, but there are several ways to fix the situation and move...

Best No-Fee Personal Loans

It’s possible to find personal loans with no origination fee, especially if you have excellent credit. But watch out for higher interest rates...

Student Loan Repayment: Best Plans & Other Resources

Federal student loan repayment programs offer the most options, but there are possibilities for private...

Secured Personal Loans: What Are the Best Options?

Here are some of the best secured personal loans available nationwide that feature a range...

Repayment Options If You Need Private Student Loan Help

Getting help with private student loan debt can be tougher than with federal student loans,...

Can You Use a Personal Loan for Treatment Centers and Rehab?

There are better alternatives to personal loans for rehab. But they’re better than not going,...