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Matthew Amster-Burton

Support Specialist

Matthew Amster-Burton is a podcaster, musician, and writer living in Seattle.

A former personal finance columnist, he is now a Support Specialist and credit card expert at YNAB. He's the lead singer of Early to the Airport, a punk-rock duo whose other member is also a YNAB employee. Matthew is the author or coauthor of five books, including Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo, which was a bestseller in Japan. He makes pretty good homemade pad Thai.

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Stretch Your Dollars—Without the Stress

Money doesn't have to be messy. Follow Matthew's 5 steps for to make the most of your dollars and replace chaos with clarity, even in tough financial times.

Piano Now, Pay Later?

Is zero-percent financing on hefty purchases a savvy financial move or maybe just snake oil in disguise? Break it down with this piano story.

What to Do With a Windfall of Money

Wondering what to do with a windfall of money? It's a great "problem" to have, but also an important question that requires some thinking.

Is It Bad to Keep Money in a Savings Account?

You might be feeling guilty when you glance at your checking account and see a large balance. Shouldn't that money be doing something else?