Lauren Hamer, The Cheat Sheet

Lauren Hamer

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North Carolina, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Here's How the Federal Government Spent $4 Trillion in Taxpayer Dollars in 2017

The federal government spent roughly $4 trillion in 2017. Here's where the money went. → Read More

A $147,000 Salary and 10 Other Crazy Things the Average American Thinks You Need to "Make It"

Money can't buy perfection -- or can it? This is how much the average American thinks successful people earn. → Read More

This Is the Most Expensive Mistake You Can Make at the Airport

One wrong move and you could be headed for serious financial turbulence at the airport if you commit any one of these airport faux pas. → Read More

15 Interesting Retirement Statistics That Will Make You Feel Better About Life

Not everything about the future is bleak. These 15 positive retirement facts will have you seeing your golden years in a whole new light. → Read More

Career Advice: 16 Reasons Why Your Co-Workers Don’t Like You

At some point, one of your co-workers might not like you. But there are often things you can do to prevent that. → Read More

10 Things That Make It More Likely You'll Get an Interview — and the Job

All job searches require effort, but it's where you focus that effort that will get you an interview and land you the job. → Read More

The 15 Worst Careers For Your Stress Level

Work woes are universal, but some careers are more stressful than others. See the industries where workers spend over half their time feeling stressed. → Read More

Ample Jobs, Cheap Rent: Life Is Good for Young People in These 15 U.S. Cities

The perfect setting does exist. Millennials looking to have their cake and eat it, too, can do so in these 15 cities. → Read More

Expat Exile: These Are the Worst Countries in the World to Move to for a Happy Life

If you’re considering an international move, don’t start packing boxes until you know the 15 worst countries to move to for a good life. → Read More

Forgotten Workplace Rules That Bosses and Employees Should Start Remembering

Casual work cultures have led to a decrease in workplace rules. How many of these forgotten rules are you neglecting? → Read More

Retire Early: The Best (and Worst) Places in America to Make It Happen

Spoiler alert: Pretty much anywhere in California is a bad location to retire early. Is your city on the best list, or will early retirement require a move? → Read More

15 Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets That Are Nothing But a Waste of Money

These kitchen gadgets might seem useful, but in reality they’re ultra-specialized and better left on store shelves than in your home. → Read More

These Unexpected Retirement Expenses Could Derail Your Future Plans

These unforeseen retirement expenses could lead to a serious financial fallout if not accounted for early on. Does your budget include these costs? → Read More

Important Questions You Need to Answer Before You Quit Your Job

Although many people dream of going out in a blaze of glory, there are scenarios to consider before you quit your job. Here are 16 questions to consider. → Read More

17 Biggest Lies Your Realtor Might Tell You When Buying a Home

Not every neighborhood is up-and-coming, and open houses don't work. Here are 17 common lies your real estate agent might tell you when buying a home. → Read More

15 Reasons Why Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home

Home ownership is just another word for debt. So we’re reshaping the American dream by telling you why renting a home is a smarter decision than buying. → Read More

How to Make Extra Money With These 15 Sources of Tax-Free Income

Earning extra tax-free income doesn’t necessarily require more work. It just requires taking advantage of everything you’re entitled to. → Read More

New York and 14 Other States With Cheap College Tuition

Believe it or not, college tuition can be affordable, even without assistance programs. Here are 15 states where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. → Read More

16 Things You Can’t Afford to Ignore When Buying a Home

Holster that pen, and put down the checkbook. There are a few key elements you should never overlook when buying a home. If you do, it could cost you. → Read More

College Bound? The Best and Worst Cities to Send Your Kid to College

To help college students narrow down their university shortlist, we found the 10 best and 10 worst places to attend college. Are any of these on your radar? → Read More