Amanda Barroso is a personal finance writer who joined NerdWallet in 2021, covering credit scoring. She has also written data studies and contributed to NerdWallet's "Smart Money" podcast. Before joining the team, Amanda spent more than a decade covering issues facing many Americans, which includes her work as a writer at the Pew Research Center, a policy analyst at the National Women's Law Center and a college professor. Amanda earned a doctorate from The Ohio State University.
- Education: Ph.D. in women's, gender and sexuality studies from The Ohio State University, M.A. in journalism from University of Southern California, B.A. in English from Presbyterian College
- Awards: Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow (2017-2019)
- Previous experience: Writer at Pew Research Center, Policy Analyst at National Women's Law Center
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The latest from Amanda
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A new survey reveals how Americans decide which weddings to attend and how they handle covering the costs involved.
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705 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad?
A 705 credit score is in the heart of the "good" range (690-719).
715 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad?
A 715 credit score is near the top of the good range, but you're still slightly out of reach of the lowest interest rates.
690 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad?
A 690 credit score falls in the "good" range and increases the likelihood of getting favorable terms and rates on financial products.
Credit Bureau Phone Numbers Put You in Touch With Help
Calling can be a fast way to request your credit report, file a dispute or freeze your credit.
Need a 2022 Money Goal? Borrow One From a Finance Nerd
Set yourself up for success by setting reasonable goals, breaking them down into smaller steps and being persistent.
Avoid Going Overboard and Over Budget on Kids’ Holiday Gifts
To avoid overspending this year, find a gifting strategy that works for your kids and your budget.
What to Do When Inflation Cuts Into Your Black Friday Deals
Inflation will cut into Black Friday deals this year, but there are strategies you can use to soften the blow.
As You Shop Black Friday, Keep Return Policies in Mind
Before making purchases this holiday season, consider retailer return policies to save time and money.
Tips for Shopping Black Friday and Beating Pandemic Setbacks
Review ads early and be ready to buy when items are in stock, but don't let your budget get lost in the excitement.
How Long Does Bankruptcy Stay on Your Credit Report?
Chapter 7 bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 10 years. Chapter 13 bankruptcy stays on your credit report for seven years.
Credit Myths Persist, Even After Pandemic Forces a Closer Look at Finances
While economic upheaval focused people's attention on finances, many suffered from a gap in credit knowledge, a new survey shows.