Articles by Amanda

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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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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