Articles by Amanda

Financial Moves to Make as Newlyweds

Posted by Amanda on May 15, 2013

On account of our three year anniversary, I thought it would be a great idea to discuss the finances of a newlywed couple since it’s so fresh on my mind. Based upon the decisions that you made in the first article in this series, 6 Financial Topics to Discuss Before Marriage, there are several things […]

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6 Financial Topics to Discuss Before Marriage

Posted by Amanda on May 14, 2013

You’re engaged! Congratulations! I mean that from the bottom of my heart, as it was only three and a half short years ago that I was in your position. Announcing to everyone that we were engaged was such a fun time, and it was so nice to receive everyone’s genuine well wishes and excitement for […]

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New Pay As You Earn Student Loan Program

Posted by Amanda on May 7, 2013

One of the trendiest and most pressing topics in personal finances is the devastating amount of debt graduating with college students. Large debt loads saddle new graduates with large monthly payments. Couple this with sometimes unmarketable degrees that do not translate well in the workforce and a wavering economy, and we see that some students […]

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How to Moonlight Successfully

Posted by Amanda on May 2, 2013

Moonlighting—working at another job, often at night, in addition to a full-time job—has been gaining in popularity over the last several years. This is because of the need for more income due to Recession financial messes: furloughs, lower wages, and higher mortgage/apartment rental payments. Aside from financial need, many people choose to moonlight in order […]

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10 Free Smartphone Apps to Save You Money

Posted by Amanda on April 29, 2013

I purchased a smartphone for the first time a year and a half ago after attending a personal financial conference where all of the other writers were running circles around me on social media and the like. As a writer myself, I realized that having one could be very helpful for me as well. However, […]

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How to Find the Best Deals on Electricity

Posted by Amanda on April 18, 2013

Do you live in an area where electricity has been deregulated, meaning you sift through hundreds of electricity offers every time your contract is up? From someone who does, I can honestly say that it is both a blessing and a curse. Trying to figure out the best cost per kilowatt in light of baseline […]

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Can You Sign a Tax Return for Someone Else?

Posted by Amanda on April 4, 2013

Have you ever wondered whether or not you can sign a tax return for someone else? With the tax deadline nearing, let’s find out. Generally it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to sign their tax return, and if a tax return is not signed it is not considered valid by the IRS. But there […]

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I come from a family littered with divorces. It gets a little tricky on many levels, and taxes may be the least of concerns. But I do remember one year when my father feared an audit because the IRS flagged his tax return. It turns out that both he and his ex-wife, my mother, claimed […]

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Where to Find Coupons for Your Favorite Products

Posted by Amanda on February 28, 2013

We’ve all read or watched stories of people who are able to walk out of stores with ten Tide detergents for $5.00 to round out their huge stockpiles at home. If you watch them at the cash register, they hand over a stack of coupons as thick as playbooks. Have you ever wondered how they […]

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Do You Have to Pay Tax on Gambling Winnings?

Posted by Amanda on February 27, 2013

I went to my first horse race ever a few weeks ago when I snagged an awesome mystery shopping gig. The mystery shop reimbursable expenses even included three $10 bets that I placed on three different horse races. How neat! I have never placed a bet on anything before, and I was hopeful that I […]

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