Cat Alford

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Cat Alford, Personal Finance Expert

Catherine Alford is a go-to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families.

Cat was named the Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance in 2014, and over the past few years her writing and financial expertise has been featured in dozens of notable publications. Publications like, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Business Insider, and many more.

She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, Mint, and The Work at Home Woman, and is a sought-after speaker at universities and large conferences on topics such as motherhood, money, and entrepreneurship.

Cat spends most, if not all of her spare time with her kids, who happen to be boy girl twins. She also enjoys reading and taking dance cardio classes.

To learn more, connect with Cat on LinkedIn.

5 Cheery Ways to Enjoy Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a time of immense financial stress. Americans report gearing up to spend $923 on Christmas gifts this holiday season — just $19 below the all-time high of $942 reported in pre-pandemic 2019 — despite the fact that their spending power has been…

Cat Alford 06 Dec

8 Best Places to Sell Makeup Online (Even If It’s Used)

Have you ever purchased a really expensive eyeshadow palette, tried it out, and then realized you actually hate it? To make things worse, you waited too long and now you can’t return it for a refund. But it’s not too late to get your money back. You can sell makeup online, even if it’s used….

Cat Alford 14 Jun

How to Save $1,000 in a Year or Less

Life is full of unexpected expenses. You get a flat tire, have to take your child to the emergency room, or need to replace a broken washing machine. No matter what life throws at you, having at least $1,000 in savings can help curb those financial surprises. Unfortunately, nearly a quarter of Americans have no savings…

Cat Alford 01 Mar

How to Make a Zero-Based Budget in 7 Simple Steps (with Example)

With so many different budgeting methods out there, it can be hard to get started. Do you choose a 50/30/20 method? Should you use cash envelopes? The range of options can make it harder for beginners who don’t know which method will work best for them. One of the most common types of budgeting is…

Cat Alford 03 Feb

16 Ways to Get Free Magazines Online (or in the Mail)

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, reading books, surfing websites, and even keeping up with the latest news is easier than ever. But what about magazines? How do they fit in now that so much of our content is digital? According to a survey by Mequoda, two-thirds of Americans still read magazines. In fact, of the…

Cat Alford 02 Feb

How to Become a Influencer and Make Money (2024 Guide)

Getting paid just for posting on social media is a dream job for many people. But for others, it’s their full-time job. They get paid to test drive a car, stay in a hotel, or get free clothes. To be a paid social media influencer, you’ll need a social media following. Some people, like celebrities,…

Cat Alford 30 Jan

How to Start an Online Thrift Store in 7 Simple Steps

Most of us love the idea of making money at home. Starting an online thrift or consignment store can be a good way to accomplish the goal of making some extra money online. This type of side hustle or small business might not be as hard as you think. All you need is some basic…

Cat Alford 22 Jan

How to Become a Freelance Web Designer in 7 Simple Steps

According to Blue Corona, 38% of website visitors leave if they don’t like the layout or navigation.[1] We’ve all clicked off of a website if the menu is hard to read or the content is impossible to find. I know I’ve done it. People also evaluate a business’s credibility on the website’s appearance, and they…

Cat Alford 20 Jan

13 Best Places to Sell Your Jewelry Online

If you’ve tried to declutter your home, chances are you looked in your jewelry box and noticed that you have several items you no longer wear or are outdated. You might even have some items in there that remind you of someone you’d rather forget. And you probably want to get rid of those pieces…

Cat Alford 17 Jan

Survey Voices Review 2024: Legit, but a Giant Waste of Time

Taking online surveys for money is a great way to earn cash from home, but it can be difficult to figure out which sites pay the most. Survey Voices is a site that aggregates different paid survey opportunities on the internet. It’s free to sign up for Survey Voices, and you’ll be instantly connected to…

Cat Alford 10 Jan