Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea

Dawn Papandrea is a writer, editor and blogger specializing in personal finance, parenting, women's lifestyle, and higher education. She is a frequent contributor to CreditCards.com as well as managing editor of The CollegeBound Network. Her work has appeared in Womansday.com, Family Circle, Living on the Cheap, iVillage and more. Her favorite quote: "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing," by Benjamin Franklin. 

Dawn Papandrea's stories for CreditCards.com

Credit or debit card posted online? What to do? -- Once posted, the question is not so much what were you thinking, but what happens if you do find yourself in this plastic pickle? ... (See What to do if your card is posted online?)

Card rewards strategy for planning a trip of a lifetime -- If you?ve never taken advantage of travel rewards before, you?ll need to give yourself ample time to make your first rewards-funded trip a reality. ... (See Trip of a lifetime)

Your credit card could score you discounted sports tickets -- Some credit cards cater to sports fans with ticket discounts, jersey insurance or access to exclusive suites. ... (See Card perks for sports fans)

How to protect your card details and ID from doxxing -- Even if you?re not in the public eye, just the fact that you have a digital footprint means you and your sensitive financial information could be exposed to the growing doxxing epidemic. ... (See Doxxing)

Ready for your first airline card? Ask yourself these questions first -- Ready for that free flight? If your credit is strong, there's no reason why you can't get in on the action ... (See Airline cards)

Got an 800-plus credit score? Do these 3 things -- Ready to start taking advantage of your top-notch credit status? Here are three moves to consider once you join the "excellent" credit score club. ... (See 3 key moves)

How to stack rewards to save big on purchases -- Googling for the best price isn't enough these days. The real deals go to savvy rewards stackers. ... (See How to stack rewards to save big on purchases)

5 credit card perks that save you money -- With perks such as concierge services, roadside assistance and price protection, your credit card perks can open doors, help you out when your car has a flat and save you money. ... (See Credit card perks that save you money)

4 fine-print traps to watch out for in credit card rewards programs -- Making assumptions on how your rewards card program works can lead to disappointing discoveries. ... (See Fine print)

6 habits of successful card reward experts -- Taking your rewards game to "wow" levels requires a bit of ingenuity and skill ... (See Rewards)

5 tips for choosing the right hotel credit card -- Getting the most of these products starts with choosing the one that's best for you. ... (See Hotel)

Suspect card fraud? How to file a claim -- What to do when you spot a suspicious charge on your credit or debit card ... (See Claim)

Bad credit? Avoid credit checks with prepaid cellphone plans -- Major carriers offer plans that allow you to bypass a dreaded credit check ... (See Credit checks)

8 ways to save on wedding costs, avoid debt -- Some frugal, chic strategies to save money on your nuptials and avoid relying on credit cards ... (See Wedding)

6 end-of-year steps to protect your credit -- With the big spending months closing in, take steps to keep your credit under control ... (See Year-end)

Demystifying 5 common credit misconceptions -- Don't get tripped up by misleading or confusing credit terminology ... (See Terms)

9 credit lessons for college students -- These tips will help students use cards wisely to build their credit in school and beyond ... (See Students)

When your card's big data collection goes from cool to creepy -- Some actions from credit card companies might be convenient for some customers and unnerving for others ... (See Data)

Credit use by generation: Who's doing the best job? -- The generation you're from likely plays a big role in how you view and use credit products ... (See Credit)

4 credit lessons women can learn from men -- Sometimes "thinking like a man" can be the right money move ... (See Lessons)

6 credit card rules for newlyweds -- Credit discussions are just as important as divvying up household chores ... (See Newlyweds)

4 credit lessons men can learn from women -- New studies reveal women to be smart, savvy spenders, maybe more so than men ... (See Men)

5 times it makes sense to call your card's customer service -- If you?re confused about terms or have problems, just make the call ... (See Phone )

6 money clues your date is a financial disaster -- Assessing a date's financial attitudes early on can save you future heartache ... (See Clues)

7 ways you are your own worst enemy, financially -- You can keep harming your financial health, or turn it around ... (See Enemy)

Game plans for avoiding bad-credit stereotypes -- Even if you're not borrowing money, you risk being tagged with bad-credit stereotypes at work, at home and in your relationships ... (See Bad credit game plans)

The scariest things on your credit report -- Avoid a credit scare by seeing what lurks in your credit reports ... (See Credit report)

How to manage different balances on one card -- Know the best payoff method for a card with varying APRs on different balances ... (See Multiple balances)

HELOC vs. cash-out refinance for card debt repayment -- Before you acquire a home equity line of credit or cash-out refinance on your mortgage to get out of debt, there are other determining factors to consider for what may seem like a great idea ... (See Out of debt)

Q&A with Ron Lieber: How to raise unspoiled kids -- New York Times personal finance columnist and "The Opposite of Spoiled" author Ron Lieber touts the benefits of teaching financial decision-making at an early age ... (See Ron Lieber Q&A)

6 bad reasons to open a new card -- Take a look at six of the worst rationalizations for opening a credit card, and learn how to be a prudent plastic user. ... (See Bad reasons to open card)

7 times to put yourself in credit card timeout -- There are key moments in life when putting away the cards and paying off any balances can be the best moves for your financial future ... (See Card timeout)

4 reasons why college kids need a credit card -- You might want to shelter your college kids from the complicated world of credit (and potential debt) for as long as possible, but at some point they will need to learn the ropes ... (See College)

10 times NOT to use credit cards -- Credit cards are convenient, but if you want your sanity and pocketbook to survive intact, give the poor things a rest sometimes ... (See 10 times not to use cards)

'When She Makes More' looks at female breadwinners -- Author Farnoosh Torabi plumbs the emotional and financial complexities that pop up when women out-earn their male counterparts ... (See 'She Makes More')

YOLO: When is it OK to splurge? -- You max out your 401(k), never carry a card balance and have an emergency fund. When is it OK to blow the budget on a you-only-live-once moment? ... (See YOLO)

Winning the credit 'Game of Thrones' -- Managing your credit cards can sometimes feel like waging an epic battle with unseen enemies on all sides -- sort of like the characters on "Game of Thrones" ... (See Games)

8 creative ways to wrap gift cards -- Worried your gift card is too impersonal? With a little wit and a little inspiration, you can turn that shiny plastic into a whimsical gift ... (See Wrap gift cards)

7 ways to prep for a lean holiday season -- Avoid buyer's remorse this season by checking out these expert tips for keeping your spending frugal but festive ... (See Holiday spending)

Is sharing your credit card ever OK? -- Have you ever lent your credit card to a relative or friend to make a purchase on your behalf? Most times, these actions are harmless, but sometimes they can backfire ... (See Sharing credit cards)

6 crucial credit questions you should know answers to -- Not keeping current on the state of your finances can have dire consequences. Here are six money questions everyone should know the answers to ... (See 6 credit questions)

Why good credit matters in a natural disaster -- When Superstorm Sandy hit, the last thing on East Coast residents' minds was their credit score. But having good credit and available credit smooths the bumpy road to recovery ... (See Superstorm Sandy)

Need $500? 7 best-to-worst ways to borrow -- In a pinch between paychecks? Who or where you choose to borrow from can be a temporary dollar dilemma or a long-term money nightmare ... (See Borrow cash)

4 ways to survive the Money Hunger Games -- Being a victor when it comes to money and credit management requires skill, maximizing your resources and playing to win ... (See Money Hunger Games)

8 wise ways to rack up rewards while holiday shopping -- Does racking up rewards while shopping for gifts make you naughty or nice? It depends on how you manage your spending ... (See Holiday shopping rewards)

5 scariest things on your credit card statement -- Although credit card statements can send chills up your spine, it?s important that you face your fears and look them over ... (See 5 scariest credit card statement items)

Cool card networks social media contests -- From Yankees tickets to cash, the four major credit card networks are offering some pretty cool stuff on Facebook these days ... (See Card issuers and social media)

What reality TV teaches us about credit and spending -- A slew of reality TV shows are tapping into our collective concern about saving money, spending it, turning clutter into cash and dealing with debt ... (See Reality TV money lessons)

How your age affects your credit -- Whatever the stage of your financial life, see how these age-specific credit tips can help you manage your money ... (See Your age and your credit)

Credit lessons from the soap operas -- Do you classify your credit habits as young and restless or bold and beautiful? Since you only have one life to live, how you use credit will shape your financial future ... (See Credit lessons)

Credit lessons from the soap operas: One Life to Live -- Part I: You only have 'One Life to Live,' so don't share money with an evil twin - you know, the one who's always spending your money ... (See Credit lessons from soap operas: 'One Life to Live')

Credit lessons from the soap operas: 'All My Children' -- Credit lessons from soap operas: All My Children. Experts say 'All My Children' don't have to know of my money problems -- if I face debt head-on ... (See Credit lessons from the soap operas: 'All My Children')

Credit lessons from the soap operas: 'Days of Our Lives' -- Part III: Days of Our Lives: Leave the brainwashing to Stefano -- no matter what the store says, their credit card may be no good for you ... (See Credit lessons from soap operas: 'Days of Our Lives')

Credit lessons from the soap operas: Days of Our Lives rerun -- Part IV: The Days of Our Lives shouldn't be filled with money troubles ... (See Credit lessons from the soap operas: Days of Our Lives rerun)

Credit lessons from the soap operas: General Hospital -- Part V: If you're financially honest with your mate, no need for a 'General Hospital' style paternity test; you'll always know who's the real parent of a debt ... (See Credit lessons from soap operas: 'General Hospital')

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Updated: 06-18-2019