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Brian O'Connor is an award-winning personal finance journalist, the founding managing editor of, executive ghostwriter, and author of "The $1,000 Challenge: How One Family Slashed Its Budget Without Moving Under a Bridge or Living on Government Cheese," which was named Best Money Management Book of the Year by The Institute for Financial Literacy. Brian's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Martha Stewart Living and The Wall Street Journal.

Articles by Brian O'Connor

13 Ways to Make Money in a Hurry

November 7, 2017

At one point or another, everybody feels pinched for cash. If you've been there—or are there now—you're not alone. Read to learn how to raise cash fast.

How to Protect Yourself Against Social Media Scams

November 6, 2017

The best way to protect yourself on social media involves the same basic steps as any other method of keeping your data safe. Don’t share with strangers, know who...

Here’s Why Fake News Is a Threat to Your Identity

November 6, 2017

"Fake news” is all over these days, but now it’s not limited to politics—it’s being used by ID thieves to steal your personal data over social media.

Here’s Your Rx to Avoid Medical Identity Theft

October 25, 2017

You're careful about your credit and bank statements and avoiding phishing emails and online scams. But have you checked your doctor's bill lately?

Here’s Why You Really Need an Emergency Fund

October 5, 2017

An emergency fund is one crucial element to creating your own financial security. Learn how you can start saving for that rainy day today.

What Is a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)?

September 27, 2017

Your home is very likely your most valuable asset. Find out what a Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC can do for you.

How to Make a Budget

September 21, 2017

Learn strategies for building a budget that works for you. You can live within your means and meet your goals.

How to Unfreeze Your Credit Report

September 20, 2017

Find out the steps you need to take to unfreeze your credit report and what credit freeze laws may apply in your stat

10 Easy Ways to Save Money Every Month

September 19, 2017

When it comes to financial success, it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you save. Find out our tips on ways you can save money.

Should You Lease or Buy a Car?

August 30, 2017

When it’s time to shop for a new car, consumers face an often confusing choice: lease or buy? Find out what might be best for you.

These Credit Cards Can Break Your Back-To-School Shopping Budget

August 24, 2017

When it comes to back-to-school shopping, everyone’s looking for a bargain—but if the cashier offers you a big discount for taking out a store credit card you might want...

How to Get Your First Credit Card

August 9, 2017

Getting your first credit card can seem pretty simple. After all, credit card companies mail tons of offers every year, including “pre-approved” applications, along with countless more email offers...

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