Articles by Amanda


How to Get a Natural High for $5 or Less

Posted by Amanda on July 2, 2015

Everyone likes to feel a thrill from time to time. That sudden, sharp feeling of excitement or exhilaration leaves us with a natural high. And feeling a natural high is so much better than a synthetic one as it is legal, inexpensive, and will not leave you dependent upon anything or anyone else. Chances are […]

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5 Quick Tips for Moving Out on Your Own

Posted by Amanda on June 16, 2015

I remember well the first year when I was out of college, and out on my own. Scoring a job as an international sales and marketing specialist in the town where I went to college, the transition into becoming a townie was actually not that difficult. But there was a lot of learning I did […]

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10 Surprising Things You Can Turn Into Cash

Posted by Amanda on June 10, 2015

Everyone has made a set amount of money up until this point in their lives, some of which is still liquid (cash in a savings account or wallet), and some of which is spent and gone (car, clothes, food consumed last week). But what about taking some of the things you have from the money […]

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How to Make Sense of Interest Rates, APYs and APRs

Posted by Amanda on April 29, 2015

Have you noticed that interest is not interest is not interest? There are so many different types of interest rates for finances that it gets a bit confusing (even for me). Honestly, before writing this article I didn’t know what each type of interest rate meant. For example, what is the difference between an APR […]

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Do you give your children an allowance, or plan to do so in the future? I remember one of the coolest times in my childhood: when we began to get an allowance. It was $5 a week, and boy did we earn it. Then again, who doesn’t “earn it” on a dairy farm? Most days […]

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7 Ways to Save Money on DIY Home Renovations

Posted by Amanda on April 20, 2015

My husband and I purchased our home in 2009. It was built in 1975, and still had the original vanities, carpet in the bathroom (yuck!), non-working intercom system in most of the rooms, and some other fun relics. Even though we were determined to do most of the work ourselves, we had several companies come […]

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How to File for a Tax Extension

Posted by Amanda on April 15, 2015

There are certain dates that every American knows by heart: Christmas is on December 25, Valentine’s Day is on February 14, and April 15 is the tax deadline. But what if you cannot meet the tax deadline? There are certain circumstances when a person needs to file for an extension from the April 15 filing […]

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There is a possibility that you may be suffering from double taxation. I know, we all suffer from double taxation, like when we pay sales tax when we purchase items with money that has been taxed by the federal government. Or when I used to work for the state government, and when I used my […]

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How to File Taxes While in Prison

Posted by Amanda on February 24, 2015

Prisoners who have been in the system for longer than a year typically do not make much income. In fact, they may not even make enough to be required to file taxes. If you’ve thought about filing a tax return in order to take advantage of your low prison wages and the Earned Income Tax […]

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6 Fun and Frugal Themes for Holiday Gatherings

Posted by Amanda on December 3, 2014

Are you looking for some good, clean fun this holiday season? Hosting a get together and want to add a twist to it? Have you ever participated in an ornament or recipe swap? What about a getting together to watch movies or bake cookies? Here are six fun themes to add a little sparkle to […]

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