Shannon Serpette

Shannon Serpette

Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois Wesleyan University before beginning her 20-year career in newspapers. When she’s not spending time with her children, she is often pursuing her favorite hobbies—running, metal detecting, kayaking, and reading about personal finance.

Articles by Shannon Serpette:

15
Jan
10 Cheapest Airlines to Fly With

If you need or want to make your flight as cheap as possible, it matters which airline you select. Find the cheapest airlines in this guide so reaching your destination doesn’t have to financially break you.

Posted in: Personal Finance,
13
Dec
How to Dispute Wells Fargo Credit Card Charges

When unexpected charges pop up on your Wells Fargo credit card, there are steps you can take to fight them. This guide will walk you through the process, step-by-step, so you aren’t paying for charges you never made. It also includes information such as the phone number Wells Fargo customers can call.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
12
Dec
How to Dispute Capital One Credit Card Charges

If you open your Capital One credit card statement and find charges you aren’t familiar with – don’t panic. This article will show you how to start the Capital One dispute process for those charges on your monthly statement so you don’t have to pay for something you didn’t authorize.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
05
Nov
How to Do a Balance Transfer With a Bank of America Credit Card

A balance transfer with a Bank of America credit card can save you money. If you already have a card, the process just takes a few minutes. Before deciding which Bank of America card to apply for if you don’t currently have one, find one with a 0% introductory APR for balance transfers.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
05
Nov
How to Check Your Bank of America Credit Card Application Status

After filling out the application form for a Bank of America credit card, you probably can’t wait to hear whether you’ve been approved or not. Do you have to sit there wringing your hands waiting for an answer? Nope! You can check the status of your application with just a few simple steps.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
05
Nov
How to Check Your Barclaycard Application Status

If you’re waiting on Barclays to tell you if your credit card application has been accepted or denied, there is something you can do to pass the time and maybe even get an answer. The bank allows you to check your application status by phone or online. We’ll walk you through the steps you’ll need to take to see if you’ve been approved.

Posted in: Credit Cards,
10
Sep
Pet Ownership Cost Statistics

Owning a pet can bring immeasurable joy to a person’s life. Those pets become a part of the family. But as with any extra mouth to feed in a household, there is a cost to consider before making the leap to find a pet. In this article, we broke down the costs of pet ownership […]

Posted in: Pet Insurance,
26
Jul
How to Spot a Rent-to-Own Scam

Not everybody has a high enough credit score or hefty down payment saved up to purchase their own home, but that doesn’t mean they’re want rent forever. People who want to own a home even without a strong financial record, may want to consider a rent-to-own situation – but they need to be on guard for scams. In […]

Posted in: Mortgages,
26
Jul
Credit Card Tracker Apps for Spending and Payments

Credit cards are important to consumers in today’s economy. They’re a convenient way of paying for both in-store and online purchases, and they generally carry great fraud protection. A well-managed credit card is a fantastic way to raise a credit score, which is vital to a consumer’s long-term financial health. But managing more than one credit card [&hell

Posted in: Credit Cards,