Articles by Amanda


What is Cancer Insurance?

Posted by Amanda on September 7, 2016

A few years ago a company selling cancer insurance came to our place of work. They advertised free consultations around the office, flyers, handouts when we came through the door, an email and what clinched the deal were the free donuts they were giving away to anyone who showed up. Okay, the free donuts and […]

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6 Surprising Benefits of the One Car Household

Posted by Amanda on June 7, 2016

A few summers ago, an unexpected shift to a one car household brought not only monetary savings, but other surprising benefits as well. Here’s how it happened. In June our truck broke down. Something happened in the engine (I am by no means a mechanic), and we were quoted $3500 to fix it. We purchased […]

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I lay in the heat-thickened room, my muscles easing and falling limp against the floor mat. Deep breaths of sauna-like air lightly sear the back of my throat. My lungs expand fully, leaving no room for tension, stress, or hunger pangs. The instructor enters the hot yoga room and the cool whip of wind from […]

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How to File for a Tax Extension

Posted by Amanda on April 18, 2016

Today is the tax deadline. Have you filed your tax return yet? If you are mailing your tax return, it must be postmarked today. If you are efiling with a program like TurboTax, you must submit your electronic return today. But what if you cannot meet the tax deadline? There are certain circumstances when a […]

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10 Inexpensive Christmas Gifts Under $10

Posted by Amanda on November 19, 2015

Our holiday gift guide series continues! This week we are highlighting very frugal gift ideas… those you can purchase for under $10! Do you have just $10 to spend on inexpensive Christmas gifts for the people on your list? Well, I’ve got something here for everyone that will keep you under budget while making your […]

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Hindsight is 20/20: What to do Before Getting Laid Off

Posted by Amanda on November 10, 2015

I am not suggesting that you will be getting laid off anytime soon. And it is very possible that you will (hopefully) never be laid off in the span of your career. But it does happen; I am living proof. In just the last eight years of my career I have managed to be laid […]

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What You Need to Do Immediately After Being Laid Off

Posted by Amanda on October 26, 2015

In just the eight years since graduating college with a degree in International Studies and Environmental Studies, I have been laid off two times. It’s still shocking when I think about it, and it leaves me feeling a little sheepish to write about it. However, I’d like to help others who find themselves in the […]

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It’s that time of year! Time for our annual holiday gift guide series! This week we are highlighting inexpensive gift ideas for teachers, coworkers and more! There are many people in our lives who provide invaluable services: teachers, employees, hired help, babysitters, etc. Let’s face it, our lives would not run so seamlessly without their […]

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Watch Out for These 3 Scams

Posted by Amanda on August 26, 2015

Online scams are everywhere. I probably get one or two each month, and to be quite honest, I like to play along with the scammers so that I can understand the scam and write about it to warn others. As long as playing along doesn’t entail me giving away pertinent information that could hurt me, […]

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10 Frugal Tips from the Tightwad Gazette

Posted by Amanda on July 27, 2015

Amy Dacyczyn began a newsletter called the Tightwad Gazette back in 1990 with just 1,700 readers. Six years and seven months later, she had well over 200,000 subscribers and a book deal. Her newsletters were filled with wonderful, frugal (and sometimes…eccentric) tips and ideas from her own experience, as well as from her frugal readers. […]

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