Headshot of writer Lora Shinn

Lora Shinn

University of Washington, Seattle


  • Journalist focused on auto and home insurance topics, along with credit cards, budgeting, mortgages, college funding, and general personal finance
  • Started writing about personal finance in 2008 
  • Articles with her research, reporting, and analysis have been published in national websites and magazines including The Seattle Times, CNN Money, Redbook, LendingTree.com, U.S. News & World Report, and Bankrate.com


Lora Shinn started writing about personal finance shortly after the 2008 financial meltdown with an article on making ends meet while pregnant (for Pregnancy magazine) and planting a garden to save money on groceries (for Bankrate.com). 

Since then, Lora has written dozens of personal finance articles covering a wide range of topics: money-saving travel tips, renovations to increase home value, inherited financial lessons from family, credit card and debit card reviews, saving money on auto and home insurance, and funding college with loans, scholarships, and federal financial aid. 

Lora has worked as a writer and editor for The Balance since 2019, with an increased focus on insurance in 2020.  In addition, you can find her personal finance journalism in outlets such as Bankrate.com, The Seattle Times, CNN Money, Redbook magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and LendingTree.com.