Nicole Dieker

Contributor

About the author

Expertise

Personal finance, habit formation

Education

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Illinois State University

Highlights

  • Ten years of personal finance writing experience, with stories published on Vox, The Simple Dollar, The Penny Hoarder, Lifehacker and more
  • Five years writing and editing The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money
  • Author of Frugal and the Beast: And Other Financial Fairy Tales

Experience

Nicole Dieker has been a full-time freelance writer since 2012—and a personal finance enthusiast since 2004, when she graduated from college and, looking for financial guidance, found a battered copy of Your Money or Your Life at the public library.

In addition to writing for Bankrate, her work has appeared on CreditCards.com, Vox, Lifehacker, Popular Science, The Penny Hoarder, The Simple Dollar and NBC News. Dieker spent five years as writer and editor for The Billfold, a personal finance blog where people had honest conversations about money. Dieker also teaches writing, freelancing and publishing classes and works one-on-one with authors as a developmental editor and copyeditor.

Nicole Dieker’s debut novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People, is a Millennial-era Little Women that follows three sisters from childhood to adulthood. Dieker is also the author of Frugal and the Beast: And Other Financial Fairy Tales, in which she reworks classic fairy tales to highlight their hidden financial lessons.

"I never knew I needed Rumpelstiltskin to involve Bitcoin or a parable about instant pots, but I’m so much happier now that I’ve read both. These stories will both delight and get you thinking about money." — Lillian Karabaic, author of Get Your Money Together and host of Oh My Dollar!

Education

  • MFA in Theatre, Illinois State University, 2008
  • BA in Music, Theatre Minor, Miami University, 2004

Publications

  • Frugal and the Beast: And Other Financial Fairy Tales (The Billfold, 2018)
  • Earn More Money as a Freelance Writer (The Write Life, 2016)
  • Start Here: 40 Freelance Writers Share How They Find Clients, Stay Motivated & Earn Well
  • Today (contributor, Make a Living Writing, 2015)

Recent Articles By Nicole Dieker

  • Credit Cards

    How to choose the right travel credit card

    Travel credit cards can help you earn rewards on everyday purchases and redeem those rewards for travel expenses like flights and hotels—but which travel credit card is right for you? There are many [...]

    5 MIN READ Apr. 16, 2021
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  • Credit Cards

    How does cash back work?

    Learn about different types of cash back cards, how to use your rewards and more.

    7 MIN READ Apr. 7, 2021
  • Credit Cards

    What does 0 percent APR mean?

    Zero percent APR offers provide an attractive way to buy now and pay later or to get ahead and save on existing debt to improve your financial health.

    6 MIN READ Apr. 1, 2021
    Couple listening to financial advisor at home with laptop