Kaitlyn Mahoney

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Budgeting and Saving Money
Guides
Building Credit

Kaitlyn Mahoney (she/her) is an editor with a passion for financial justice. She’s been a professional writer and editor for more than ten years, working to make all the content she touches accurate and accessible. She most enjoys creating easy-to-understand financial guides for people just starting their financial journeys and connecting with other experts to expand her own knowledge. When she’s not editing, she’s reading, checking on her little free diverse library, or working with her local mutual aid organization.

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