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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Learn the difference between these financial goals, as well as how to budget and save for them.
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Manage, cancel or reactivate subscriptions on your Apple devices using a few simple steps.
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