Rae Hartley Beck

Rae Hartley Beck

Finance writer and editor

Expertise

Social Security, retirement, investing, budgeting, credit card rewards, real estate and financial advice for parents

Education

Berea College

Expertise

Rae got her start writing in finance with a column for her college newspaper on living, traveling and budgeting with limited means in 2011. Her work has since appeared on Investopedia, Bankrate and other financial news outlets. She was an early member of the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE) movement and went from having her family home foreclosed on in high school to becoming a homeowner herself at age 24.

Rae worked for the Social Security Administration for six years, finishing her career there as a claims specialist and winning a performance-related award in every period she was eligible.

When not writing Rae can be found backpacking in the desert with her retired racing sled dog, reading an average of 200 books annually and fostering teenagers to help them transition into adulthood.

Five years of diligence and budgeting at the beginning of your career can save you 20 years at the end of it."

Education

Berea College, Bachelor of Arts in History and Education studies.

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