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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6 Ways to Get Financial Help From the Government
There are financial assistance programs for such expenses as child care, utilities and a house down payment if you qualify.
What Is a Credit-Builder Loan?
A credit-builder loan holds the amount borrowed in a bank account while you make payments, building credit and boosting your savings at the same time.
How to Dispute Credit Report Errors
Dispute credit report errors to get mistakes or outdated information off your credit history, which can help your score.
How to Freeze Your Credit
A credit freeze can help prevent identity theft and fraud. Filing one is free and won't harm your credit.
Ultimate Guide to Understanding Your Credit Score and Score Ranges
Credit scores estimate your likelihood of repaying new debt. Learn what range your score falls in and how to grow it.
Credit Monitoring Services: Are They Worth the Cost?
You may be eligible for free monitoring or may choose to purchase protection. Here's how to keep your credit safe.
How to Read a Credit Report
Check personal info, accounts, inquiries and negative marks to spot fraud or errors that can lower your score.
How to Get a Collections Stain Off Your Credit Report
Do your homework, gather evidence and either dispute your account if it’s an error or ask for a goodwill deletion if you paid the collection.
How to Report Your Rent to Credit Bureaus
Rent-reporting services can get payments added to your credit reports, which may help build credit.
Here’s the Sales Tax Holiday in 2023 for Every State
You could save a lot of money if you know when you can shop tax-free in your state. See our sales tax holiday list for back-to-school and other shopping events.
Credit Score Not Going Up? Here’s Why and Tips to Grow It
High credit card balances and late payments are common culprits, but there are other factors worth checking.
What Credit Score Do You Need to Lease a Car?
A credit score of 700 or above can get good car lease offers. Lenders also consider income and other factors.
What Minimum Credit Score Do You Need to Buy a Car?
About 66% of cars financed go to borrowers with scores of 661 or higher, but those with lower scores have options.
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Here are 10 tips for eating nutritious meals and watching your wallet, including meal prepping, shopping your pantry and hitting up your local farmers market.