Although a credit score of 700 may not allow you to fill your wallet with high rewards credit cards named after precious metals and gems, you’re well on your way to that goal if you keep building good [...]
About the author
“I have always been passionate about saving money. My parents still remember me as a young teenager walking away from a street vendor, who chased me down to offer me a better price.
“When my son was three and wanted me to spend a quarter on a toy from a machine at the grocery store, I told him that if we spent that quarter, the toy would soon break. But if he saved that quarter, it eventually would be worth a quarter and a nickel. He was hooked.” – Karen Haywood Queen
Personal finance, cybersecurity, business, technology
Journalism and English degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Music education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University
- Covers an array of personal finance topics for various publications
- Author of a book about teaching children to save money
- Has a perfect credit score of 850
Karen Haywood Queen is a personal finance reporter who has worked as a government and business reporter at The Chapel Hill Newspaper and The Salisbury Post and as a business reporter for the Associated Press.
Karen writes about debt and money management, debt collectors, identity theft, insurance, cybersecurity and estate planning for a variety of publications. She also writes about how artificial intelligence can help protect your identity and offer you better rewards.
“I have written personal accounts of mistakes that caused my credit score to briefly dip into the 600s (not my fault, I promise), how a quick call to my credit card issuer saved me $300, how I successfully resisted the siren call of convenience checks and how changing our travel dates for a Christmas vacation allowed us to spend two weeks in the Bahamas for less than the cost of one week (hint, don’t try to travel on the weekend before Christmas),” Karen says.
Karen’s book, “Meanest Mommy in the Universe,” will be published in May 2021. It focuses on raising independent children with a side benefit of saving money along the way. In recent years, Karen has become “hooked” on gaining the most rewards benefit from her credit cards. She says credit card companies should welcome her as a customer: as of this writing, her credit score is a perfect 850.
Karen Haywood's Latest Articles
5 min read Apr 27, 2021
Here’s how a missed $50 debt could damage your credit score and cost you thousands.4 min read Apr 13, 2016
Negotiate, borrow and find aid so doctor bills won’t threaten your financial health.6 min read Apr 23, 2015
Shocked by a medical bill? Don’t panic — here’s how to get the most from health insurance.3 min read Oct 09, 2014
People fret about retirement issues. But do they worry about the right ones?4 min read Aug 27, 2013
Does your bill contain charges you’ve never seen? Take these steps to correct the mistakes.6 min read May 24, 2013
Take on these minor home maintenance jobs before they become a major expense.4 min read Apr 13, 2012
The perfect place to retire depends on your desire to live in the mountains, near the beach or in town.10 min read Oct 12, 2010