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Amanda Pell

Amanda is a writer and content strategist who built her career writing on campaigns for brands like Nature Valley, Disney, and the NFL. She now specializes in personal finance and wealth management content, covering everything from retirement strategies to estate planning to credit card bonuses and beyond. When she's not knee-deep in trends research, you'll likely find her hiking with her dog or with her nose in a good book.
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30% of Americans Are Pro-Union for All Workers

Labor unions have been around since the late 18th century. But in recent years, industries not typically known for union membership have seen an uptick in interest in employee activism. We asked 1,500 Americans how they feel about unions in the modern workplace. Here’s what they said.
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20% Say Lack of Exercise Is Worst Bad Habit Developed in Quarantine

For many, life today looks nothing like it did a year ago. To find out what pandemic-related lifestyle changes Americans are most troubled by, we asked 1,500 respondents what quarantine habit they were most unhappy about.
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40% Against Free Low-Income Housing, Even If It Saves Taxpayers Money

What prevents people from supporting social programs: taxpayer cost or anti-welfare bias? We surveyed 1,500 Americans to find out.
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How to Create Your 2021 Budget Calendar [Free Template]

The new year is the perfect time to recommit to getting your finances organized. And there’s no better way to do so than by creating a budget calendar to track your income, expenses, and financial goals throughout the year.
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Zoom Backgrounds to Make You Feel Rich & Powerful (Even if You’re Not)

Custom Zoom backgrounds are the perfect way to try your dream office on for size. These backgrounds allow you to play the part of your favorite fictional characters for a day, even if the reality is much further away.
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Conversation Starters to Tackle Tough Money Topics

When it comes to difficult conversations, there are few topics tougher than money. But the only thing worse than the awkwardness of a financial conversation is the consequences of not having one. Here are a few money conversations every person should have, plus tips on how to have them.
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How to Invest in Bitcoin: A Guide to Getting Started

There are more ways to invest in Bitcoin than simply buying and holding the cryptocurrency itself. If you’re thinking of trying your hand at Bitcoin investing, here are your options and how to determine which is best for you.
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How to Invest in Gold: Investment Types, Tactics & Tips

Investing in gold isn’t as straightforward as it may sound. There are many different types of gold investments, and each offers different benefits and drawbacks that can make or break your portfolio. Learn about the different ways you can invest and which assets are right for you.
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How to Invest in Penny Stocks: The Do’s and Don’ts of Nano-Stock Investing

Penny stocks are some of the most deceptively dangerous types of stocks on the market. If you play them right, you can reap big rewards. But they can also tank your entire financial future in the blink of an eye. Here’s what you need to know about investing in penny stocks.
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Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: 1 in 3 Americans Would Join a Rent Strike

As a result of financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, rent strikes have cropped up in many cities. But tenant strikes can be a divisive topic. To get a better read on where people stand on them, we asked Americans what they would do if they had the opportunity to join the movement.
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Survey: 1 in 5 Don’t Think Quarantining for Holiday Travel Is Necessary

As the holidays near, many Americans are wondering if they should cancel their annual visits with family or friends due to COVID-19. We surveyed people to get a better idea of whether they plan to travel for the holidays this year and what precautions, if any, they’ll be taking.
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Using a Debt Snowball Spreadsheet to Get Out of the Red

If you have multiple sources of debt, it can start to feel like no amount of monthly payments is enough to get out of it. The good news is, there are multiple ways to pay off debt. Here, we explore one in particular — the debt snowball method — and how to tell if it’s right for you.