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Kelly Zimmerman

Kelly Zimmerman

As OppLoans’ lead editor, Kelly Zimmerman oversees content for consumers who are looking for both short-term and long-term financial answers. Prior to joining OppLoans, she spent eight years leading publications in both the print and digital space. She has a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and has been published with national publications and newswires, such as The Associated Press, McClatchy Newspapers, and

Paying for College With Bad Credit

If you have no credit or bad credit, there are other financial aid options to consider before plunging into the world of long- term repayments.

Posted on: November 05, 2019

Cryptocurrency 101: The Risk vs. Reward

The stock market is confusing enough. Now people are talking about cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and other types of confusing money terms. Is this a real-world way to make money?

Posted on: October 31, 2019

The Broke Person’s Guide to Hanging With Friends

Do not let your friends’ expensive tastes be the reason you rack up a pile of high-interest credit card debt — follow these expert tips instead!

Posted on: October 31, 2019

11 Cheap or Free Things to Do in Chicago This November

Wallet got you down? Here’s how you can hang on to your cash and still have a great time in the Windy City.

Posted on: October 31, 2019

Reduce Your Emissions (Improve Your Cash Flow)

The planet (and your wallet) needs you!

Posted on: October 27, 2019

Traditional Housing Alternatives: Are They a Good Deal?

Is alternative housing too alternative?

Posted on: October 25, 2019

A Financial Fairytale: The Journey of the Saver and the Spender

Getting married is all about the merging of two lives into one, which typically includes finances. But when one of you is a spender and the other a saver, navigating your budget can get tricky.

Posted on: October 24, 2019

Can Reusable and Recyclable Materials Save You Money (and the Environment)?

Saving through saving!

Posted on: October 24, 2019

Are Name Brands Necessary? Surprising Items You Can Find at the Dollar Store

Avoid running up your credit card for items you can buy at a fraction of the cost elsewhere. Here’s how you can save your pennies on frequently-bought items.

Posted on: October 23, 2019

Online Grocery Memberships: Is it Worth it?

Feeling hungry? Grocery subscription models are making it easier, yet sometimes more costly, to get the shopping done.

Posted on: October 20, 2019