Erica Sweeney Erica Sweeney has been a journalist for more than a decade. She currently writes about health, wellness, business, and finance. Her work has been published in Real Simple, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Business Insider, Good Housekeeping, HuffPost, and many other publications. Before embarking on a full-time freelance writing career, she was a newspaper reporter, copy editor, and editor-in-chief of several local magazines in Little Rock, Arkansas. She also has a master's degree in journalism. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.