Carla Fried

Carla Fried has been explaining smart money management strategies to consumers for more than 20 years, starting as a reporter at Money Magazine. For the past 15 years she has has written for Money Magazine, The New York Times,, Consumer Reports, and Her areas of expertise range from all aspects of retirement planning, home buying/selling, saving/paying for college, credit management, insurance, and navigating the often tricky generational challenges of family finances.

Articles by Carla Fried

How Can Immigrants Build Credit?

November 13, 2017

Are you or your friends new to the U.S. and looking for ways to build up your credit? Take a read to find out some surefire ways to build...

6 Tips to Protect Your Credit Score While Living Abroad

October 27, 2017

Whether it's a great job opportunity or a desire to retire abroad, living the expat life has never been easier. Read to find out more.

Helpful Hints for First-Time Homebuyers

October 6, 2017

There’s good news for Americans who think they can’t afford to buy a house. Read to learn how you can make your first home-buying experience better.

Read This Before Buying That Dream Vacation Home

October 5, 2017

If you’re ready to get serious about buying a vacation home, consider these tips for buying a second home.

What Is a Line of Credit?

October 3, 2017

A line of credit is a revolving credit account you can use to borrow money on an as-needed basis. Learn more about lines of credit.

How Much to Save for Retirement

September 29, 2017

Experts recommend saving 15% of your pre-tax income for retirement. Learn more about how much to save for retirement and what variables you should consider.

Tips for Finding the Best Mortgage Lender

September 26, 2017

Ready to buy a home? Check out our tips for finding the best mortgage lender, so you can get the best deal.

A Multigenerational Solution to the Home Buying Squeeze

September 19, 2017

Multi-generational Households are becoming more common Multi-Generational Households 1980 12% or 27.5 million Recently* 19% or 60.6 million 31 Percent Young adults 18-34 living in a multigenerational household 24...

What is a 401(k)?

September 6, 2017

If you’re feeling a little bit behind the curve on saving for retirement, you’ve got plenty of company. The non-partisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) reports that less than one...

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Consolidating Your Student Loans

August 30, 2017

Find out if student loan consolidation may be a good option for your federal and private student loans.

How Do Cash Back Credit Cards Work?

August 15, 2017

Most people expect using credit cards to be a rewarding experience. A survey of consumer card preferences by Total System Services, Inc., found that a rewards program is the most...

How to Consolidate Credit Cards

August 9, 2017

If your wallet is stuffed with multiple credit cards staying on top of your accounts is probably a hassle you could do without. Keeping track of balances and due...