Erin El Issa writes data-driven studies about personal finance, credit cards, travel, investing, banking and student loans. She loves numbers and aims to demystify data sets to help consumers improve their financial lives. Before becoming a Nerd in 2014, she worked as a tax accountant and freelance personal finance writer. Erin's work has been cited by The New York Times, CNBC, the "Today" show, Forbes and elsewhere. In her spare time, Erin reads voraciously and tries in vain to keep up with her two kids. She is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- Education: B.B.A. in accounting from Cleveland State University
- Previous experience: Tax accountant
The latest from Erin
How the 41% of Americans With a Travel Credit Card Can Boost Rewards
A new NerdWallet survey finds that travel rewards cardholders are piling up points/miles, and 35% of these cardholders try to get the best possible value when redeeming their rewards for travel.
Why One Credit Card Nerd (Mostly) Doesn’t Use Credit Cards
Credit cards aren't for everyone; here's why one credit card Nerd opts out most of the time.
How to Retire 10 Years Early
A NerdWallet survey finds that retiree-hopefuls plan to leave full-time work at age 57, on average. Here’s how you can bow out of the workforce a decade early.
Survey: Some Americans who plan to retire say they’ll leave the workforce early
Most Americans plan to retire, and those who do plan to retire expect to quit full-time work at age 57, on average. Others say they’ll never retire, because they want to keep working forever or they don’t feel they’ll financially be able to quit.
NerdWallet’s 2021 Holiday Travel Report
Holiday travel is on the rise again, but some people are on the fence or are outright avoiding travel this season.
2022 American Household Credit Card Debt Study
NerdWallet's annual study finds credit card debt surging with the cost of living. And many Americans have financial concerns about the year to come.
5 Ways to Position Your Pocketbook for an Uncertain 2023
NerdWallet’s annual household debt study shows that consumers are anxious about the coming year. Here are a few things you can do to put yourself in a better position.
Most Banking Customers Use an App Despite Security Concerns
A new NerdWallet survey finds that 72% of banking customers use a mobile banking app, and some worry about hacking or losing their phones.
2022 Holiday Shopping Report
Most Americans plan to buy gifts this holiday season, and many are taking steps to save money on holiday shopping due to high inflation.
2022 Holiday Travel Report
High annual inflation has made 2022 an expensive year, and holiday travel isn’t immune. Many Americans planning holiday trips are concerned about inflation’s impact on travel costs and taking steps to save money before takeoff.
27% of Americans Saw Credit Scores Actually Go Up Amid Pandemic
A new NerdWallet survey finds that more than a quarter of Americans (27%) report that their credit scores have gone up since the start of the pandemic. An additional 14% report their scores have worsened.
3 Common Credit Myths That Could Damage Your Score
A NerdWallet survey finds that Americans have misconceptions about credit that could hurt their credit scores.
How to Start Saving for Your Kids’ College
A survey finds that 20% of parents of minor children haven’t started saving for their kids' college, but want to.