Kelli B. Grant is a writer covering personal finance and consumer spending for CNBC.com.
Prior to joining CNBC.com, Grant was the senior consumer reporter for MarketWatch.com and SmartMoney.com. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, SmartMoney, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and Family Circle, among other publications.
Grant holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and anthropology from Ithaca College.
Consumer credit card debt is on the rise, with households owing almost $7,000 on average. That doesn't bode well for holiday budgets.
Home Depot shoppers can keep accounts safe with little elbow grease: Call issuer and ask for a new card, if old card was used during data breach period.
CNBC.com personal finance reporter Kelli B. Grant explains the steps Home Depot shoppers should take after the national chain confirmed a data breach occurred at its stores as far back as April.