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Melissa Rudy

Melissa Rudy is a regular contributor to Money Crashers. As a freelance writer based in Cincinnati, she has written extensively on finance topics, including mortgages, retirement planning, college savings, tax planning, business funding, and more. She also has personal experience managing the taxes, payroll, and other financial aspects of her freelance writing business. Melissa has a degree in English Literature & Journalism from the University of Cincinnati.
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