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Jackie Lam

Jackie is a freelance personal finance writer and financial coach who is passionate about helping artists, freelancers, and gig economy workers with their money. She has in-depth experience with budgeting, investing, frugality, and relationships, and loves finding interesting stories that revolve around money. 

She is the 2022 recipient of Money Management International's Financial Literacy and Education in Communities (FLEC) Award and the 2022 Plutus Awards recipient for Best Freelancer in Personal Finance Media.

In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, water aerobics, sticker collecting, being in nature, and learning the drums. 

Areas of financial expertise

  • Personal finance

  • Loans

  • Insurance 

  • Small business

  • Budgeting on variable income


  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, UCLA

  • Certificate in Copyediting, UCLA Extension


Financial educator

Licenses and certifications


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Jackie's love for writing started when she was a young girl. Her passion evolved to fiction writing, blogging, and writing about money. She is a massive sticker collector, and loves to participate in her local Buy Nothing community and organize nature healing parties. 

Her favorite quote about money is from Joseph Campbell: "Money is congealed energy and releasing it releases life possibilities."

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