Clare Mallen is a freelance writer and blogger who joined the Bankrate team in 2010. She was responsible for the daily retirement planning and refinance rates blogs for over five years. She writes many stories for the lighter side of Bankrate, covering celebrity topics such as "How Much it Costs to Attend an Awards Show" and "How to Honeymoon Like a Celebrity." She currently writes blogs on mortgage rates each week.
Upon graduating from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with a bachelor's degree in English literature and a minor in business and finance, she went to work for the Chicago Board of Trade's government relations office in Washington, D.C. Clare later moved back home to South Florida and joined the staff of a national magazine, where she continues to freelance.