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About the author
“I share the advice I wish someone had shared with me a long time ago. I want my reader to find my words when they're most needed… and be able to make a better-informed financial decision because of something I've written. That's what keeps me going.” - Ana Staples
Ana Staples is a reporter for Bankrate and an expert on all things credit basics and personal finance for the younger generation. She has two expert columns that aim to offer financial education and encouragement to young people: “Swiping Right” on CreditCards.com and “Green & Growing” on Bankrate. Ana also covers credit card news and discusses women’s finance on To Her Credit.
Ana first started working as a writer in 2015 at a small car transportation firm in Los Angeles, California, focusing on the company’s SEO needs. Since that time, she’s written for a wide range of industries, from commercial interior design to ecommerce.
She entered the credit industry contracting with Experian in 2019, where Ana worked as an SEO content specialist and contributed a few articles to the bureau’s blog. She joined CreditCards.com in 2020 and began writing for Bankrate, as well, later that year.
Ana studied journalism and public relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations before making a leap to try herself at acting in New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California—you can check out her acting chops on Bankrate’s TikTok.
In her free time, Ana writes romance stories and plans a trip to the French Riviera she'll take one day—when she has enough points, that is.
Ana's Latest Articles
4 min read Nov 15, 2021
Statement credits happen within your card’s online portal, reflecting a near-immediate reduction to your card’s balance. It’s a no-fuss way to shave down your debt with little more than a click.7 min read Nov 04, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to subside, the credit card world has gone to full-on overdrive.5 min read Nov 03, 2021
Read Bankrate’s expert picks for the best balance transfer cards with no fee.4 min read Oct 27, 2021
Paying a few days late won’t ding your credit. Learn more secrets to playing your cards right.6 min read Oct 20, 2021
The Capital One Quicksilver credit card might not offer the most value as far as flat-rate cash back credit cards go, but it’s a decent choice for cardholders seeking simplicity in their card reward [...]4 min read Oct 20, 2021
Learn the current rotating cash back categories for Chase, Discover and Citi.2 min read Oct 19, 2021
Learn how to get the most value out of your Citi ThankYou® Points.8 min read Oct 19, 2021