Jenny Hoff

Jenny Hoff

Jenny Hoff is managing editor of video at CreditCards.com. Based in Austin, Texas, she has more than 15 years of experience in both broadcast and print news. Her live reports have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Deutsche Welle and numerous NBC and ABC affiliates. She has written for international publications, and writes a blog on budget travel. She has degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an executive MBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

Jenny Hoff's stories and videos on CreditCards.com

Charged Up! podcast: Living with intent -- Daughter of acclaimed self-help expert, Deepak Chopra, Mallika Chopra has her own guide for those of us wanting to find focus and intent as we journey towards financial freedom ... (See Podcast on living with intent)

Video: Holiday credit card perks -- As you splurge on holiday gifts for friends and family, be sure to take advantage of the extra credit cards perks available during the holiday season. ... (See Video: Holiday credit card perks)

Video: Planning for a baby with the right card -- Babies bring love, joy - and bills. Strategize early how you’ll pay those bills to make the transition easier and help you bank some much-needed credit card rewards in the process ... (See Video: baby planning and credit cards)

Charged Up! podcast: Helping low-income entrepreneurs get credit -- What if you're a budding entrepreneur but have no access to credit or loans due to your income, payment history or some other reason? We learn about new programs judging loan worthiness based on other criteria ... (See Charged Up! podcast on microloans)

Charged Up! podcast: How to invest in real estate -- One great reason to establish a stellar credit score is the opportunity to get into real estate investment. In this episode, we talk to real estate investor Deep Nasta ... (See Charged Up! podcast with Deep Nasta)

Charged Up! podcast: How your voice will become your credit card -- We’ve all got wallets full of plastic, but voice commerce is growing in popularity, allowing you to make purchases, check your balance, and pay your cards all with a simple vocal command ... (See Podcast: Bob Stolzberg on voice commerce)

Charged Up! podcast: The ex-NFL player who lives off $60K per year -- A self-taught investor, Broyles is an inspiration as he talks about how frugally he runs his life so he can secure a financial future for his family ... (See Charged Up! podcast with Ryan Broyles )

Video: Reap rewards for holiday decorations -- From ghoulish ghosts to a wonderland of lights, if you plan to make your home shine bright this decorating season make sure your rewards cards pitch in with the cost. ... (See Video: holiday decorations and card rewards)

Charged Up! podcast: How to create the life you want with what you have -- Whether you’re looking to make a change in your financial life, job or in society, tomorrow isn’t going to bring the answers. Your tools for change are in you today. ... (See Charged Up! podcast with Jessica Pettitt)

Charged Up! podcast: How not to get rich – according to Mark Twain -- Author Alan Pell Crawford, author of "How Not To Get Rich: The Financial Misadventures of Mark Twain," discusses what we can learn from this literary genius’ financial failures ... (See Alan Pell Crawford)

Video: How closing your card affects your credit score -- With big sign-on bonuses tempting you towards new cards, you may wonder if it’s time to close out cards you no longer use. If you do plan on closing a credit card or two, be sure to follow these tips to keep your credit score in check ... (See Video: closing your credit card)

Charged Up! podcast: The art of cultivating joy -- Whether you're looking for financial freedom or to overcome debt and credit anxiety, the art of cultivating joy every day is an important tool to think clearly, make wise decisions and stay grounded as you move forward ... (See Chade-Meng Tan)

Charged Up! podcast: Becoming a successful entrepreneur -- Author and business consultant Dorie Clark's tips and secrets will be useful to anyone who has to deal with customers and wants to make sure they are always selling their mission ... (See Dorie Clark podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: How to protect your identity -- Don’t fall into the nightmare of losing your identity. Security expert Mark Nunnikhoven offers tips on keeping your identity safe ... (See Mark Nunnikhoven)

Charged Up! podcast: How to start a profitable side hustle -- If you've wanted to start a side hustle, now is your chance. Side hustle pro, author and world traveler Chris Guillebeau shares his secrets from finding an idea to making the business profitable in less than a month ... (See Chris Guillebeau)

Charged Up! podcast: Achieving your dreams -- Who says you can't have it all? It depends on what "all" to you is. According to Ann Shoket, former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine, the world is your oyster and learning how to prioritize will allow you to enjoy all it has to offer ... (See Anne Shoket podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: The reason behind poor credit -- The root causes of financial distress, poor credit and high debt may not be what you think. Author Rachel Schneider spent a year traversing America and following the lives of hundreds of people to find out the problem ... (See Schneider)

Video: Drawing down debt -- When it comes to getting rid of debt, you've got to be creative and one artist took that idea to a new level when she drew out the statements of every one of her credit cards until they were paid off ... (See Debt)

Charged Up! podcast: Mastering your credit card rewards -- If you're looking to book free travel or maximize your cash back rewards, Tessa Juliette has some tips to getting to your goals quickly without needing to manage 15 cards ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Uncovering cryptocurrencies -- If you want to get into the cryptocurrency game, your credit card can help. Find out what cryptocurrencies to look out for, how to purchase them, how to secure them and how to use them as an investment ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: The mind-money connection -- Harvard Professor and Executive Coach, Dr. Srini Pillay, talks about how to train your unconscious brain to do what your conscious brain wants ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Pausing your career for parenthood -- Taking time off for parenting can be a career-killer. Author and journalist Lisen Stromberg says there are ways to take the pause while still staying in the game. ... (See Podcast)

Video: Brews and banking with Capital One -- Banks like Capital One are reaching out to customers in a new way, by giving a Starbucks experience to visitors and giving them a chance to get their banking questions answered along the way ... (See Cafe)

Charged Up! podcast: Striking gold in the precious metals market -- In the event of a stock market crash or credit bust, many people feel gold can keep them afloat until the market rebounds. In this episode we learn about how to buy, sell and store precious metals as part of an investment portfolio ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: How to think about money -- Best-selling author and Wall Street Journal personal finance columnist of more than 20 years, Jonathan Clements breaks down the essentials when it comes to managing your money and building wealth ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: How to live debt-free -- Learn how to get out of the cycle of debt and start living a debt-free life, while still enjoying what matters most ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Becoming a suitcase entrepreneur -- Author of "The Suitcase Entrepreneur" Natalie Sisson has figured out how to live anywhere in the world and still earn a six-figure salary doing what she loves ... (See Suitcase)

Video: Saving on back-to-school shopping -- Back-to-school shopping can be hard on the pocketbook, but we have you covered with tips on how to save money and make the most of your credit card rewards ... (See Budget)

Charged Up! podcast: Warding off financial infidelity -- Janet Lombardi shares her experience with bankruptcy after her husband drained their accounts and racked up debt to feed an addiction and hide business problems ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: How to start building wealth now -- Real estate mogul and best-selling author David Osborn breaks down his pillars of success when it comes to building wealth and how you can get into the game now . ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Affording healthy choices -- Robyn O'Brien, a prominent voice in the health food movement, breaks down what it takes to afford to eat healthy meals without breaking the bank. ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: The cost of debt in prison -- Out on the streets, debt may mean being hounded by debt collectors. But, in prison it could mean requesting solitary confinement to save your life ... (See Debt)

Video: 4 ways students can build credit -- For students and graduates, the time is now to build credit so you can buy a car, rent an apartment and build credit history ... (See Student)

Charged Up! podcast: Master the art of negotiation -- Learn how to negotiate that higher salary, lower credit card interest rate or even great deal at a store with expert negotiator and author Linda Swindling ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Surviving the robot revolution -- When will robots start coming for your job? The answer: sooner than you think. Hear what industries are safest from robot competition and what skills you need to stay marketable in the new economy ... (See Podcast)

Video: 5 ways to score rewards for wedding costs -- Wedding costs can take a big bite out of your bank account, but if you use your credit cards wisely, you can score big rewards to help offset the cost and pay for the honeymoon ... (See Rewards)

Charged Up! podcast: Getting out of debt in style -- Getting out of debt can be arduous but there are ways to change your debt status without changing your lifestyle ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Unexpected tools for success -- Author and blogger Eric Barker shares some of the best research available on what really makes people successful and how you can achieve your full potential ... (See Podcast)

Video: 5 tips before buying a house -- If you're looking to buy a new house, be sure to follow these five tips to ensure your credit stays safe and you maximize potential card rewards ... (See House)

Charged Up! podcast: How to write a financial plan -- In her book "If You Love Your Family, Save Like It," Nicole Peterkin talks about the biggest mistake people make when it comes to planning for their financial futures. In this episode she shares how to create a financial plan that protects your family ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: How to finance world travel -- Cassie De Pecol was 27 when she traveled alone to all 198 countries in the world and made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. She now shares her tips on how to finance your own expedition ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Credit 101 -- Find out from a credit expert what matters most in your credit report, when your credit score matters the most, what can hurt and what can help you, and everything in between in this credit 101 episode of Charged Up ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: You are a badass at making money -- Find out from success coach and best-selling author Jen Sincero how to get your mind in the right place to start making money and achieving your potential ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Get the 411 on your 401(k) -- The 401(k) is an important part of a secure retirement and understanding how much you pay in fees, how to get in the game if you're self-employed and what to contribute can build great wealth for life's later years ... (See 401(k))

Food trucks leaving cash in the dust -- More restaurants and food trucks are going cashless, so don't forget your credit card if you're heading out for a bite to eat ... (See Payments)

Charged Up! podcast: Get a financial life -- Find out the fundamentals of personal finance to save money on taxes, save for retirement and buy the right kind of house for your budget ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: The philosophy of life planning -- What are the three most important questions you need to answer before making a life or a financial plan? The 'father of life planning' George Kinder tells you ... (See Planning)

Video: Master your bucket list with points -- If your bucket list has items like travel and getting in shape, you may be able to use your credit card rewards points to do it on the cheap ... (See Points)

Charged Up! podcast: Be the boss of your career -- Bestselling author, TV presenter and star of The CW network's business reality show "Hatched," Nicole Lapin dishes on how to build a brand and take charge of your career ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast with 'Unshakeable' author Tony Robbins -- No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Robbins discusses the tenets to smart investing from his new book "Unshakeable" ... (See Podcast)

Q&A with Tony Robbins on becoming "Unshakeable" -- Learn from the country's top life and business strategist on the keys to building wealth when it comes to investing and how to find financial security ... (See Investing)

Charged Up! podcast: Lessons from a legend -- Robert Kiyosaki become a personal finance superstar with his breakthrough book "Rich Dad, Poor Dad." Now, he talks about how the rich are getting richer and we're not ... (See Lessons)

Charged Up! podcast: thriving on a single income -- If you're a single parent or trying to support a family on a single income, there are ways to not just survive, but thrive. Emma Johnson shows us how ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: The art of stretching -- Find out how some of the most successful people and businesses are masters at doing more with less ... (See Stretch)

Charged Up! podcast: The index card that went viral -- Harold Pollack's index card with "everything you need to know about personal finance" tips became an internet sensation. Find out how to implement those tips now ... (See Tips)

Charged Up! podcast: Love and Money -- Finances play a big role in the success and failures of relationships. Find out what five questions you need to ask your partner now ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Retiring with enough money -- Professor, author and speaker Teresa Ghilarducci explains what you need to save now, starting at any age ... (See Retire)

Video: 4 ways to finance an engagement ring -- Before spending a huge amount of money on a ring, be sure you are making the best financial choice ... (See Finance a ring)

Charged Up! podcast: Dealing with debt -- Creditcards.com columnist and CPA Sally Herigstad discusses what options you have when you're in a debt crisis ... (See Debt)

Video: How a side hustle can help you pay down debt -- Side hustles can help you pay down debt quickly, but you should know what to avoid when taking on certain jobs ... (See Side hustle)

Charged Up! Podcast: Becoming financially literate -- Finance professor and financial expert Arshad Ahmad tells us how to become financially literate and what you need to be able to do to have financial security ... (See Podcast)

Charged Up! Podcast: Answers to your debt questions -- Creditcards.com senior industry analyst, Matt Schulz, sits down to answer questions about debt that you've asked ... (See Podcast)

Podcast: Charged Up! with Jenny Hoff -- Charged Up! with Jenny Hoff is a personal finance podcast where we talk to experts and answer your questions about credit, debt, small business and more ... (See Charged Up! podcast)

Charged Up! podcast: Keeping financial resolutions -- CFP Hilary Hendershott's tools for successful budgeting ... (See Podcast)

Video: How to meditate your way out of debt -- Contemplation can ease anxiety so you can deal with debt ... (See Video)

Video: 5 ways to protect yourself while shopping online -- Find out how to protect yourself while shopping online with five safety tips you may not have heard of before. ... (See Online shopping)

Video: 4 ways to save money shopping online for the holidays -- You don't need Black Friday to score deals ... (See Holiday shopping)

Video: 3 ways to help your kids build credit -- Add a child as an authorized user, establish a checking account, and help them learn about money ... (See Kids and credit)

Video: Use your credit card points to pay for a haunted getaway -- Use your credit card rewards to help pay for a haunted getaway to some of America's most haunted hotels. ... (See Haunted)

Video: At festivals, wristbands are the new credit cards -- Wristbands are becoming more popular at major festivals as a form of payment, allowing attendees to leave their wallets at home. ... (See Wristbands)

Video: Inside the dark web -- Welcome to the dark web, where criminals can steal your identity anonymously. ... (See Dark web)

Video: The psychology of bill avoidance -- Take small steps to deal with that which you dread, a professor says ... (See Bills)

Video: Police scanners can now freeze prepaid cards -- Law enforcement agencies can now freeze and later seize funds found on prepaid cards in suspects' vehicles within seconds. This development is leading to questions of civil rights ... (See Prepaid)

Video: Exclusive credit card rewards experiences -- We'll show you how to get up close and personal with the players of your favorite sports team before a game by using credit card reward points ... (See Experience)

Video: Ways to save money on a Disney vacation -- Here are some realistic ways to save money at the happiest place on Earth ... (See Disney )

Video: Unreadable card agreements -- Credit card agreements are said to be written on an 11th grade reading level. We came to a university campus with an excerpt from a credit card agreement to see if college students can make sense of what they are reading ... (See Card agreement video)

Video: Building credit as a new US resident -- Here are five tips for building credit from scratch ... (See Build)

Video: Credit pitfalls for stay-at-home parents -- Stay-at-home parents can tank their credit by making these common mistakes ... (See Parents)

Video: How to save on a national park vacation -- With rewards credit cards and other budget-saving tips you can have an exciting park adventure for a fraction of the usual cost ... (See Vacation savings)

Video: Protect your identity in ways chip cards can't -- While EMV chip cards can help prevent some fraud, identity thieves are looking for other ways to find your personal info and you might just be helping them ... (See ID theft)

How to choose a P2P payment service -- Here are the features to be aware of when choosing an app for paying friends ... (See P2P)

Video: Curb emotional spending in 4 steps -- "Retail therapy" can work against you by adding stress on your finances. Here are 4 ways to help stop spending as a way to handle your emotions ... (See Emotional spending)

Video: Chargebacks hit merchants not ready for EMV chip cards -- Small businesses who have not upgraded to EMV chip card readers are facing expensive chargebacks from banks ... (See Chargebacks)

Video: Saving on a spa getaway with credit card points -- If you think going to a spa resort is out of your price range, saving up just the right kind of points can help get you within reach ... (See Video)

Video: Restaurants fight card fraud with tableside payments -- A pay-at-the-table approach may help stem fraud that can occur when a waiter disappears with your card. ... (See Fraud)

Video: Payment biometrics go beyond mobile fingerprint scanners -- The latest wave of biometrics incorporate voice authentication, face recognition and other technologies to keep your payments secure ... (See Biometrics)

Video: Couples score free honeymoons using rewards points -- Here's how two couples paid for their honeymoon with rewards points earned on wedding expenses ... (See Honeymoon)

Video: Digital fingerprints can be hacked, too -- No system is foolproof, but fingerprint hacking is an unlikely target for identity thieves ... (See Video)

Video: Dumpster diving can expose your personal information -- One night of dumpster diving shows just how easy it is to become a victim of identity theft ... (See Dumpster diving ID thieves)

Getting the most value for your hotel rewards points -- For the price of a night at a Des Moines airport hotel, you can stay three nights in a magical European property. We've compiled some of the most dramatic hotel rewards comparisons for you ... (See Hotel points value)

Tracking tools and tips for keeping financial resolutions -- Tracking your progress toward New Year's resolutions is crucial to succeeding with them. It helps to know a few tricks and technological tools ... (See Resolutions)

Video: EMV, RFID, NFC, WTF? -- You don't just hand over a piece of plastic anymore. You have EMV chips and NFC cards -- or is it RFID? What's the diff? We explain ... (See EMV, RFID, NFC, WTF?)

Video: How one woman travels the world on credit card points -- Dr. Erica Miller uses credit card reward points to take luxury vacations across the globe. Here's how ... (See Rewards traveler)

Luxury reward perks: What you get for paying big annual fee -- Beyond free flights lies a world of exclusive privilege, if you're willing to pay the annual fees ... (See Luxury perks)

Video: Do you need a credit card RFID protector sleeve? -- Thieves can theoretically capture data from your tap-to-pay card. The chance is small, but here's what you can do about it. ... (See RFID sleeve)

Video: 4 ways students can build credit -- Building a credit history while in college helps make life afterward a bit easier. Here are four tips to building credit as a student ... (See Student credit)

Video: 3 questions to ask before refinancing your student loans -- As the amount of student loan debt continue to rise, borrowers weigh the risks and benefits of refinancing ... (See Student loans)

Video: Small-merchant guide to EMV credit cards -- Small businesses have been slow to upgrade to terminals that can read EMV chip cards. Here's what they need to know about making the switch ... (See EMV merchant)

EMV holdouts: Why merchants are slow to make chip-card switch -- With the EMV liability switch coming in October, many merchants are still in the dark on what is required of them ... (See EMV holdouts)




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Updated: 12-13-2017