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Jaime A. Heidel
Jaime A. Heidel is a Connecticut native who recently moved to North Carolina. She's a published fiction writer who has recently made her way into the non-fiction and blogging world. She has a passion for natural health, career advice, and frugal financing. When she's not writing, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing The Sims, which after years of refusing to play video games, she's become addicted to. Her holistic health website, I Told You I Was Sick, is dedicated to helping those suffering with mystery symptoms find natural ways to heal.

How to Eat a Gluten-Free Diet on a Budget – Foods & Benefits

By Jaime A. Heidel

gluten-freeMore than a decade ago, my hair was falling out, weight was dropping off of me, and I had serious gastrointestinal distress. I was afraid that I was dying. I’d been to every doctor I could find to try to figure out why my stomach was in constant pain. No conventional doctor could find anything wrong with me, and they unanimously concluded I was making it all up for attention.

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10 Beauty Products That Are a Waste of Money – Natural Alternatives

By Jaime A. Heidel

skincareIt goes without saying that we all want to look and feel our very best. Unfortunately, these desires sometimes drive us so strongly that the latest diet fad or skincare trend can have us whipping out our wallets and plunking down obscene amounts of money, solely in the hopes of dropping a few pounds or looking a few years younger.

But slow down. While some products certainly are worth their price tags, some are not. Learn to look beyond the hype, and avoid spending money on the products that aren’t worth your money. That way, you can better afford those that are.

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10 Common Email & Internet Scams – How to Avoid Them

By Jaime A. Heidel

scammerI’ve been using the Internet since 1997, way before the invention of popular social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Since then, I’ve seen my fair share of email scams, hoaxes, and other types of cyberspace spam. I’ve even fallen for some of them myself. Chances are, if you haven’t fallen victim to any of these scams, you’ve at least come pretty close.

Cybercrime is a very lucrative business for Internet con artists, and this is why these scams are so prevalent across the web. Thieves are out to steal your money, and if they can’t get you to directly hand over the password to your online bank account, they’ll try to steal your identity or infect your computer with spyware – which, in turn, can be used to procure personal information to access your money.

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What Is Home Title Insurance – Policy Costs & What It Covers

By Jaime A. Heidel

buying a houseBuying a new house can be one of the most exciting events of your life. It’s an occasion that signifies that you are settling down – “building a nest,” so to speak – and maybe even starting a family.

It is, however, often a stressful and costly process, and you are sure to want to trim costs whenever possible. By the time you’ve completed your final walk-through, secured your mortgage, and calculated your closing costs, the last thing you want to do is add yet another expense like title insurance. However, it may be necessary – and it could save you a lot of money in the long-run.

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4 Garage Sale Shopping Tips to Help You Score Great Deals

By Jaime A. Heidel

garage sale yardIt’s that time of year again: Time for shorts, sun, and, of course, garage sales. For some people, there is nothing more exciting than driving around the neighborhood and catching sight of a lawn full of multicolored clothing, vintage vinyl, and sparkly trinkets.

I’ll admit I’m guilty of being one of these people. Even if there’s nothing I can see that I need, I can’t resist stopping at a garage sale when I’ve got some extra cash. And even though most garage sales are full of great deals on items that cost a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere, there are still multiple ways to save even more.

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How to Save on Natural Foods, Holistic Health Products & Remedies

By Jaime A. Heidel

healthy fruits and vegetables at a farmers marketYou don’t have to be a money-saving expert to live a healthy life, even in this economy. When finances are tight, we often scrimp on health-related expenses. After all, who has the extra dough to spring for a bag of organic apples or a healing massage?

I’m in this boat right along with you. However, since I suffer from autoimmune problems (celiac disease and ITP), I can’t afford not to eat healthy, natural food and use natural remedies. Fortunately, there are ways to make the most of your hard-earned dollars, even when times are tough.

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4 Home Vegetable Garden Ideas & Types on a Budget

By Jaime A. Heidel

home gardeningI remember watching my mother working in her garden when I was a teenager, not truly understanding any of the benefits. I remarked that I wouldn’t ever have an interest in gardening before the age of 40. Now, though I’m still eight years away from that milestone, I’ve discovered my green thumb.

With the rising cost of food and gas, I’ve realized the practicality, as well as the fun, of home gardening. But if you’re concerned about the amount of work involved or the cost, don’t be. There are plenty of ways to start your own home vegetable garden without spending a fortune.

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