Samantha Kostaras

Insurance Reporter

Samantha Kostaras is an insurance reporter at The Simple Dollar, covering financial services and insurance. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a financial analyst and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Alabama.

7 Insurance Companies Giving Refunds During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Insurance bills are a considerable expense for many Americans each month, and with widespread disruptions to people’s income due to coronavirus,…

How to Get Your Stimulus Check As Soon As Possible

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government has announced a $2 trillion stimulus package, set to include economic impact payments s…

College Costs Women More — And We Aren’t Allowed to Get Mad About It

Claire L. graduated valedictorian of Queens University of Charlotte, a small private institution, in May of 2019 with two bachelor’s degrees, thr…

How COVID-19 Could Change Insurance For the Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed every industry on earth — air travel, retail, healthcare, you name it. There are so many things we can&…

Poor Americans Pay the Most For Car Insurance. They Shouldn’t.

“There is nothing inherent about poverty that makes people more or less risky drivers,” says Douglas Heller, an insurance expert with the Consume…

13 Finance Tips for “Broke Millennials” During COVID-19

“Millennials already contended with graduating into one of the worst recessions in history and now, a little over ten years later, it feels like…

How COVID-19 Could Change Insurance For the Better

The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed every industry on earth — air travel, retail, healthcare, you name it. There are so many things we can&…

How To Get Help With Your Taxes While Social Distancing

Tax time can be stressful every year, but tax time during a pandemic presents its own unique challenges. With social distancing measures in place…

Should Students Take a Gap Year Because of COVID-19? It Depends.

Many students have spent years planning their post-graduation path. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended not only their senior year, but the en…

Coronavirus and Your Car Insurance: A Practical Guide

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every part of daily life, from sheltering in place to lost paychecks. While car insurance is no exception, the…

Coronavirus and Your Home Insurance: A Practical Guide

States across the country are issuing shelter-in-place orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means you’re probably spending a lot mo…

Where to Find Financial Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Americans are facing more than health concerns as a result of the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19, recently labeled a pandemic. As events an…