Lauren Schwahn is a writer at NerdWallet who covers debt, budgeting and money-saving strategies. She contributes to the "Millennial Money" column for The Associated Press. Her work has also been featured by USA Today, MarketWatch and more. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is based in San Francisco.
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Financial goals are the monetary targets you strive to hit, such as saving for a wedding or eliminating student loan debt.
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Credit history is defined as a record of how you’ve managed your debts. It makes up most of your credit reports.
Budget Calendar: What It Is and Why It Matters
A budget calendar can help you plan your monthly spending and keep track of payment due dates.
What Is a Budget?
A budget is a way to balance income, expenses and financial goals for a specific length of time.
Tackle Your Debt With a Debt Tracker
NerdWallet's debt tracker can help you understand what you owe and how best to make progress.
Savings Goal Calculator
Input your goal amount and current savings to determine how much to contribute every month.
11 Ways to Get Free Stuff
You can join rewards programs or take surveys to get gift cards, food, movies and other freebies.
How to Get Coupons
Sign up for store rewards programs, search a coupon database or check out a Sunday newspaper to find savings.
22 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do
To have fun and cut costs, try hiking, hosting a potluck or visiting a museum on a free day.
9 Moving Costs to Pack in Your Budget
Cleaning, excess cargo and storage are some less-than-obvious expenses to build into a moving budget.
Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Home
These upgrades require planning and sweat equity — but not much money.
Weather Life’s Storms With an Affordable Disaster Kit
Here's how to find survival necessities for cheap.