About Sound Dollar

About Sound Dollar

At Sound Dollar, we've got one objective: To help people everywhere achieve their own version of financial health and happiness. We simplify the process of hitting your money goals through simple, step-by-step plans and clear, actionable recommendations. And because no financial journey is the same, we'll meet you where you are and get you where you need to be.

Our Mission and Values

Financial health is a huge part of overall well-being, and we believe everyone deserves to feel financially whole. Getting there can be a confusing and time-consuming process, and who has time for that? We do. At Sound Dollar, we’re a bit enthusiastic about mapping out the small but meaningful steps that will allow you to hit your big goals (and, yes, we can spend all day researching the best credit cards or 529 plans). And we’re equally excited about sharing our knowledge and recommendations with you. So, tune in, because we’ve got the steps and tools to tackle your money questions one informed decision at a time.

Trusted recommendations

Our recommendations are deeply researched, unbiased and ones we believe in.

Actionable guidance

We’ll give you the tools you need to make informed decisions so you can enjoy life faster.

Financial expertise

We hire writers with a wealth of finance-industry experience; they know their stuff, and now you will too.

Editorial team

Alani Asis

Alani Asis

Alani Asis is a writer who is on a mission to help young audiences become financially literate and find financial freedom. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Clever Girl Finance, USDA Loans and more.

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Allie Johnson

Allie Johnson

Allie is a journalist with a passion for money tips and advice. She's been writing about personal finance since the Great Recession for online publications such as Bankrate, CreditCards.com, MyWalletJoy and ValuePenguin.

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Amanda Push

Amanda Push

Amanda Push is a professional with over 8 years of experience. She has worked as a journalist focusing on business and now writes about personal finance.

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Andrew Pentis

I have used my journalism background to write about personal finance topics since 2015. My work has appeared in over 40 publications, including LifeHacker, U.S. News & World Report and Marketwatch.

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Anisa Purbasari Horton

Anisa Purbasari Horton

Anisa writes and edits stories about all things related to the intersection of work and life—whether that’s productivity, personal finance, careers, leadership, psychology, or workplace culture. In addition to Sound Dollar, she also writes fo Business Insider, BBC Work Life and more.

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Ashlyn Brooks

Ashlyn Brooks

Ashlyn is a personal finance writer with experience in budgeting, saving, loans, mortgages, credit cards, accounting, and financial services to name a few.

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Ben Luthi

Ben Luthi

Ben has been writing about money since 2013. He's been on staff at NerdWallet as a credit card writer and for Student Loan Hero, where he covered student loans and other personal finance topics. Ben's work has appeared in U.S. News, The New York Times, Experian, FICO, Credit Karma, Bankrate and more

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Brian O'Connell

Brian O'Connell

A former Wall Street bond trader, Brian O’Connell is the author of two best-selling books; “The 401k Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth”. His bylines include TheStreet.com, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business, and The Motley Fool, among others.

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Caish Echols

Caish Echols

Caish has worked in the financial planning industry for over 5 years, including working for one of the pioneer financial planners who brought fee-only financial advice to Millennials. She loves making the complexities of finance simple to understand and helping people follow their own paths.

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Carla Fried

Carla Fried

Carla is an expert on retirement planning and behavioral finance with over 20 years’ experience in personal finance journalism. Her work has been published in Bloomberg, CNBC, Consumer Reports, Money, The New York Times, and other journalism brands.

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Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles

Catherine is a writer and editor who has been published in The Penny Hoarder, The Insurance Bulletin, The News Wheel, WDW Magazine, and Dayton Mom Collective. When not writing and editing, you can find her training for a race, chasing my two young children around, walking her dog, or with

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Christiana Sciaudone

Experienced reporter, writer and editor. Expert on equity investing.

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Conrad de Aenlle

Conrad de Aenlle

Conrad de Aenlle is a writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in topics related to financial services and investment, including market performance, portfolio management, economics, retirement issues, estate planning, taxation and insurance.

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Daisy Chan

Daisy Chan

Daisy is a journalist with expertise in personal finance, including saving and budgeting, investing, retirement, credit cards and spending. She honed her skills as a writer and editor covering personal finance at SmartMoney.

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Delilah Gray

Delilah Gray

Delilah has written on an array of topics including finance, entertainment, dating, home and parenting. She is also the Weekend Editor for SheKnows, covering everything from parenting news to secret sales to look out for. Delilah’s work has appeared in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed,

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Derek Silva

Derek Silva

Derek is a writer and editor who has spent years covering taxes, estate planning, and other personal finance topics. Derek has previously worked for SmartAsset and Policygenius, with his work being covered by Yahoo Finance, MSN, Business Insider, and CNBC, among others.

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Devon Delfino

Devon Delfino

Devon Delfino is a writer who’s covered personal finance—including everything from student loans to budgeting to saving for retirement and beyond—for the past six years. Her financial reporting has appeared in publications like the L.A. Times, U.S. News and World Report, Teen Vogue, Masha

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Dori Zinn

Dori Zinn

Dori has covered personal finance for more than a decade. My work has appeared in the New York Times, Forbes, CNET, TIME, Yahoo, and others.

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Douglas Mark

Douglas Mark

Douglas has written for some of the world's biggest brands including United Airlines and AT&T, as well as BSchools.org. Douglas previously worked as a partner at a San Francisco marketing and design firm.

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Dr. Amanda Hensley DVM, MPH

Dr. Amanda Hensley

Dr. Hensley is a former veterinarian in Colorado who specialized in animal rehabilitation and pain management.

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Dr. Jamie Whittenburg DVM

Dr. Jamie Whittenburg

Dr. Jamie Whittenburg is a veterinarian with over 15 years experience. She works with cats, dogs, and small exotic pets.

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Elaine King

Elaine King

Elaine has served as the Family’s Financial Planner for over 1,200 families and 100 multigenerational family enterprises crafting actionable family financial plans.

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Elaine Pofeldt

Elaine Pofeldt

Elaine Pofeldt is a freelance business writer whose work has appeared in FORTUNE, Money, CNBC, Inc., Forbes, Crain’s New York Business, and many other business publications. She has contributed to the Economist Intelligence Unit. She is also a ghostwriter/collaborative editor.

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Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson is a journalist and writer. She covers health, politics, culture, and the arts for a variety of digital and print publications including New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W, and TIME.

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Elizabeth Rivelli

Elizabeth Rivelli

Elizabeth is a freelance writer who covers insurance and personal finance. She is passionate about helping people understand the value of insurance, and making the subject approachable.

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Erin Gobler

Erin Gobler

Erin is a personal finance expert and journalist who has been writing online for nearly a decade. Erin’s work has appeared in major financial publications, including Fox Business, Time, Credit Karma, and more.

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Hilary Collins

Hilary Collins

Hilary is an experienced finance writer with a passion for turning complicated topics into readable stories with real-world takeaways.

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Jacqueline DeMarco

Jacqueline DeMarco

Jacqueline has worked with more than two dozen financial brands, including LendingTree, Capital One, Bankrate, Student Loan Hero, and Northwestern Mutual, providing thoughtful content to give readers insight into complex topics that they likely didn’t learn in school.

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Jacqui Kenyon

Jacqui Kenyon

Jacqui Kenyon is a writer and editor, ghostwriter, editorial consultant and media coach based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in Business Insider, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Rate.com, Fabric, and more.

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Jamie Cattanach

Jamie Cattanach

Jamie Cattanach is a writer based in Portland, Oregon whose work in personal finance has been featured in outlets like the Motley Fool, CNBC Make It, Yahoo! Finance, and many others.

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Jess Ullrich

Jess Ullrich

Jess Ullrich is a personal finance writer who's been creating online content since 2009.

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Jill Jaracz

Jill Jaracz is a Cleveland-based journalist who has covered a number of topics including financial services and general consumer interest and local news.

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John Luiz

John Luiz

John Luiz spent several decades as a creative and editorial director for asset management firms, including MFS Investment Management, Oppenheimer Funds, and Invesco. He now works as a writer covering the financial markets and fintech.

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Kat Tretina

Kat Tretina

Kat is dedicated to teaching people how to pay down debt, boost their incomes and reduce financial stress. Her work has been published by Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, Forbes Advisor and more.

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Kristen Kuchar

Kristen Kuchar

Kristen Kuchar is a journalist, covering money, travel and the beverage industry. Kristen has previously contributed personal finance and business content to Money.com, Money Under 30, The Simple Dollar, Saving for College, Credible, The Brad’s Deals Blog, Outdoor Business Magazine and more.

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Laurel Kenner

Laurel Kenner

Laurel is a seasoned, award-winning journalist with over 20 years of experience. She is an accomplished financial commentator and co-author of Practical Speculation, a book on statistical analysis in investment. Laurel brings clarity and context to writing and is skilled at making complex issues easy to understand.

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Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis

Leesa Davis is a writer who uses her passion for storytelling in a variety of topics spanning media, finance, and pop culture. Her work has been published in Stacker, The Palm Beach Post, and Newsweek (to name a few).

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Linda Childers

Linda’s articles on healthcare costs and Medicare have appeared in Forbes and MedicareGuide. She has also written on healthcare topics for Arthritis Today, California Health Report, Allure, Health Monitor, US News and World Report, O, The Washington Post and many corporate blogs.

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Lindsay Vansomeren

Lindsay VanSomeren

Lindsay was inspired to start writing about personal finance after seeing how much good financial management impacted her life in getting out of six-figure debt. Now she hopes to help others improve their finances too, so they can get rid of financial stress, live the lives they want, and strengthen their communities. Her work has appeared in Credit Karma, Forbes Advisor, LendingTree, The Balance, and more.

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Lindsey Danis

Lindsey Danis

Lindsey Danis is a writer covering food, travel and personal finance. She's written about personal finance for Business Insider, NextAdvisor, The Penny Hoarder, and elsewhere.

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Lisa Lombardi

Lisa Lombardi

Lisa is a writer and editor who has worked at Quick & Simple, Health, Redbook, and more.

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Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, 529 plans and student loans. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families so they can make smarter, more informed decisions.

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Melissa A. Watkins

Melissa A. Watkins

Melissa Watkins is a former social and cultural studies lecturer who became a writer. Her financial experiences overseas and abroad include small business ownership, endless side hustles, and founding a networking organization for overseas business owners in South Korea.

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Micah Murray

Micah Murray

Micah is a personal finance writer and editor from Augusta, Maine. His work has been featured on sites like Money Under 30 and RateGenius. He is passionate about helping others build their financial literacy and, in turn, improve their lives.

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Mike Powers

Mike Powers

Mike Powers is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ (CFP®) who founded his own financial planning firm, Manuka Financial, focusing on helping clients retire before the traditional retirement age of 65.

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Moira Alexandar

Moira Alexander

As a former accounting professional, Moira has been writing about finance, IT, project management, and other topics for digital publications and businesses including Technology Advice and CIO Magazine online over the past 10 years.

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Nasha Smith

Nasha Smith

Nasha has written about budgeting, being frugal, and saving for publications including Business Insider, Travel Noire, Discover, and Fifth Third Bank. She also loves sharing relatable personal stories that revolve around money.

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Nick Fiorellini

Nick Fiorellini

Nick Fiorellini is a journalist, content writer and grant writer based in the Philadelphia area.

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Rae Hartley Beck

Rae Hartley Beck

Rae got her start writing in finance with a column for her college newspaper. Her work has since appeared on Investopedia, Bankrate and other financial news outlets. Rae worked for the Social Security Administration from 2016 to 2022 starting as a jack-of-all trades, and finishing her career as a claims specialist.

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Rafael Bernard

Rafael Bernard, MSFP, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and personal finance editor at Decisionary Media who specializes in financial therapy, which combines traditional financial planning with a therapeutic approach.

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Our Editorial Guidelines and Quality Standards

Quality, trusted editorial is the heart of our mission to empower financial wellness. This is why we have a strict adherence to some basic values in every piece of content we create: Accuracy, unbiased opinions and balanced & complete coverage.

Who We Are

We are financial planners, industry journalists, analysts, researchers, dreamers, and doers. And we share one thing in common: a belief that we can all meaningfully better our financial health through small, incremental change.

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