Cynthia Drake is a freelance writer who grew up hearing lots of savings mantras, such as, "Watch the pennies, and the dollars take care of themselves," from her dad.
She loves uncovering quirky, offbeat financial stories, whether it's credit card designs that never made it to market or the latest tips for wrapping a gift card.
Video: No more naked gift cards -- Amp up the wow factor when you give gift cards this Christmas. CreditCards.com's Cynthia Drake -- on a mission to rid the world of naked gift cards -- presents three fun, simple ideas for jazzing up those gift cards this year. ... (See Video)
Can a magnet really make your credit card not work? -- Will your card become unreadable if it's exposed to magnets? In a previous story, we said yes, but many of you begged to differ. Seeing that, we took the challenge of clearing things up once and for all. The results surprised us. ... (See Magnet)
A consumer's guide to reading junk mail -- You may think you're already a pro at sorting out junk mail, but today, with the stakes higher, the rules changing and some bills arriving in disguise, you may need a refresher on recycling, a crash course on trash. ... (See Junk mail)