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Holly D. Johnson

Expertise: Credit cards, Mortgages, Travel, Personal finance
Title: Credit Cards Writer
Education: Ball State University
Location: Noblesville, Indiana


  • ​Nationally recognized expert in personal finance who has written hundreds of articles on credit cards, rewards travel, and family finances
  • Winner of the 2015 Plutus Award for “Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance”
  • Co-author of the book "Zero Down Your Debt," released in January 2017 (Mango Publishing)
  • Co-owner of popular personal finance website, ClubThrifty.com


Holly D. Johnson is a credit card expert, award-winning writer, and mother of two who is obsessed with credit cards, budgeting, and travel.  In addition to writing for publications such as Business Insider,  U.S. News & World Report Travel, and Bankrate, Holly owns Club Thrifty and is the co-author of "Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You’ll Love."


Holly attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

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