Kat Brancato Kat is an experienced personal finance and lifestyle writer with over ten years of writing experience. She started her career in finance as a Member Service Specialist at Space Coast Credit Union in Melbourne, Florida. She was then promoted to the indirect lending department as a Loan Processor, eventually becoming a backup teller supervisor for PNC Bank. She began writing about personal finance in 2009 and has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2021. She is also the queen of side hustles, with knowledge in flipping for-profit, virtual assisting, and freelance writing. Highlights: * 10 Years Personal Finance Experience * 5 Years Retail Banking Experience * Contributed 16+ articles to Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and Parents * Featured on Clever Girl Finance, Minority Mindest, The Health Journal, and Thrive Global About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource 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.