Articles by Amanda


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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9 Tips to Stretch the Life of Common Household Items

Posted by Amanda on July 6, 2015

Look around the house and you’ll find many items that are wearing out faster than you want. Ever wish you could make them last longer? With a little bit of care, you can stretch out the life of many household items. How to Make Household Items Last Longer Printer Ink Cartridges: Start by using an […]

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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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