Articles by Amanda

How to Get Free Products at CVS and Walgreens

Posted by Amanda on May 29, 2014

I’ve got a secret for you: up until 2008, I made a point to avoid drugstores at all costs. This is because besides their loss leaders each week, the costs on all of the other products are much higher than what you would find at a grocery or department store. How to Get Free Products […]

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Use Flexible CDs to Access Your Money Quickly

Posted by Amanda on May 21, 2014

Since paying off our non-mortgage debt, my husband and I have been in accumulation mode. It’s definitely a lot more fun than debt pay-off mode! We are saving as much as we can every month by first setting aside an automatic withdrawal into our savings and retirement accounts and then by stashing any extra money […]

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There are complaints and horrible stories all over the web about insurance claims gone horribly wrong. One person knows someone who thought they were covered in the event of the water heater exploding, only to find out that the insurance company will pay them nothing due to code violations. Another person can’t believe that their […]

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What You Need to Know About Debt Collectors

Posted by Amanda on May 14, 2014

I had a run-in with a debt collection agency in my mid-twenties. It is not something I like to talk about or advertise, as I think anyone who hears “debt collection agency” must think that the person being called and written to is in the wrong. But this wasn’t the case with my debt. My […]

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9 Quick Ways to Make Extra Cash

Posted by Amanda on May 5, 2014

Who couldn’t use some extra cash? Perhaps you are paying down debt, working your way through college and need some pizza money, saving for that dream vacation you want to take, or just want to supplement your ‘mad money’ spending. The great news is that there are many side jobs that can accomplish the level […]

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There are virtual worlds out there, and also virtual currencies. Bitcoin has come up as the most well-known, traded, and used virtual currency thus far, so much so that it’s spiked the interest of governments and the IRS. So what exactly is a virtual currency, a bitcoin, and how does the IRS treat them for […]

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Deadline for Obamacare Delayed and Other Changes to ACA

Posted by Amanda on March 31, 2014

My father was one of the millions of Americans who were dropped by their health insurance provider. He and his wife work for themselves, so they’ve carried an expensive individual policy. In November of last year, he received notice that his policy was going to be dropped, giving him until December 31st to find a […]

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Can My Spouse Get My 401k in a Divorce?

Posted by Amanda on March 6, 2014

Over 46 million Americans currently have some type of retirement plan through work. These plans are governed by the rules of your particular employer, but also by federal laws. And rightfully so, as saving for retirement is a very important thing to do (especially considering the current state of social security). In general, Federal law […]

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Can You Claim Your Parents on Your Taxes?

Posted by Amanda on March 3, 2014

Are you part of the generation that is feeling the financial squeeze? I am talking about those of you who both took in elderly parents to take care of them, as well as still have children living at home. It can be tough to make ends meet and to meet everyone’s needs when there are […]

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5 Popular Crowdfunding Websites

Posted by Amanda on February 26, 2014

Crowdfunding has become quite trendy. In fact, even people with a lot of money like Zach Braff and Spike Lee are turning to these platforms to fund a project that they want full artistic control over. And having full control over your project is just one of the benefits of these sites (aside from the […]

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