Articles by Amanda

5 Free Holiday Web Services

Posted by Amanda on November 16, 2010

The holidays are all about spending time with the ones you love, and showing them how much they mean to you. Use the free web services below to bring your family closer together, to reach out to friends and loved ones who may live far away, and to share some of the magic of Christmas […]

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Penny Auctions: A Great Deal or a Scam?

Posted by Amanda on November 10, 2010

Are penny auctions scams? When electronics can be so expensive, even if you aren’t spending $25,000 on a projection TV, you’ll still want to find a way to save money on your purchases. And if you are the type of consumer who hunts after the latest technology as soon as it comes out on the […]

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Frugal Holiday Traditions to Introduce in Your Family

Posted by Amanda on November 1, 2010

Paul and I are newlyweds, and it has occurred to us that we don’t have any family holiday traditions together. We each have our own individual family traditions, but no traditions that help to define us as a family and household. While traditions are often born from a whim, I have been thinking of some […]

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9 More Free Web Services

Posted by Amanda on October 25, 2010

Are you paying for Sudoku puzzles or sheet music? Do you have extra time at work and want to spend it on the internet without spending a dime? I am on a crusade to bring you more free web services that will save you money and provide free entertainment. Check below and see if you […]

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3 Membership Programs You Want to Subscribe To

Posted by Amanda on October 14, 2010

Many times I have signed up for membership and loyalty programs only to be barraged with worthless emails and advertisements for years afterwards. In fact, every year or so I go through my email account and unsubscribe from at least five of these programs. But some membership and loyalty rewards programs are well worth joining […]

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Insurance companies are just that: companies. They are money-making enterprises that provide a service to the majority of Americans. However, some people are just too high risk for them to insure and still be able to make a profit. High Risk customers may have been categorized as such because they have a pre-existing health condition, […]

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Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Unemployment?

Posted by Amanda on September 1, 2010

Losing your job can be psychologically and emotionally draining, as well as can suck the life out of your bank account. Unemployment insurance is typically a few hundred dollars a week, which is a fraction of what you used to make, and equates to a salary considered under the poverty line in the United States. […]

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My First Job Ended in Unemployment

Posted by Amanda on August 19, 2010

During good economic times, finding a new position after losing your job typically takes 2-3 months. I remember hearing this from my favorite career counselor—whom I still seek advice from even five years out of college—and thinking to myself, “two to three months? That’s impossible!” But she was right. When I was unemployed in 2006, […]

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I have such a hunger for learning. Even after graduating college I’ve continued my education by taking classes in yoga, cooking, SEO/Blogging, Japanese, Microsoft Excel, and whatever else I can get my hands on. If I am interested enough in a subject, I will go to great lengths to pursue study in it; after all, […]

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Uncovering Rewards Programs for Every Purchase You Make

Posted by Amanda on August 17, 2010

As I mentioned in a recent article about how the recession has changed consumerism in America, consumers (that’s you and I!) expect to be paid for our loyalty now. And shouldn’t we? With all of the rewards programs out there—and there are some really interesting ones—why should we spend our money just to get the […]

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