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Amy Freeman is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia, PA. Her interest in personal finance and budgeting began when she was earning an MFA in theater, living in one of the most expensive cities in the country (Brooklyn, NY) on a student's budget. You can read more of her work on her website, Amy E. Freeman.
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How to Better Balance Work and a Happy Family Life

It’s challenging to disconnect from the job at quitting time or stay focused on work during business hours with friends and family asking for attention. But these strategies for work-life balance help you keep your head in the game at work, then get out of the rat race when it’s time to clock out.
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The Financial Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Once advertised as the "cool" and "elegant" thing to do, smoking has lost its edge. The number of people in the U.S. who smoke has been falling each year for many years now. In...
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8 Social Distancing Activities to Spend Time With Family & Friends

By now, you know the drill: You need to stay at least 6 feet from other people and limit the amount of contact you have with others. But social distancing doesn’t mean you need to be socially isolated. There are plenty of ways to spend time with people you love while you’re physically apart.
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10 Best Indoor At-Home Exercises & Workouts Without Equipment

People have loads of reasons for skipping exercise, including no gym membership, no time, and no fancy equipment. But you don’t need any of those things to get in a good workout. There are plenty of equipment-free workouts you can do in the comfort of your home — many in just 10 minutes or so.
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How to Find a Job When the Unemployment Rate Continues to Rise

If you’re out of work, you’re probably eying the unemployment rate with concern. But even when times are tough, you don’t have to settle for the first job offer that comes along. If you want to find a job you like in a tough economic climate, you just have to answer some questions.
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7 Best Single-Serve Coffee Makers (on Every Budget)

Investing in a single-serve coffee maker can save some people over $1,000 per year on their morning joe. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on a fancy brewer. There’s a variety of single-serve coffee machines on the market at every price point. Which one’s right for you?
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How to Become a Proofreader – Get Started

Proofreading can be the perfect work-from-home job for language lovers and people looking for a flexible schedule. If you have a knack for spotting details most people miss, proofreading could be a great fit for you. Here’s what you need to know to get started in this career.
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Which Bills to Pay Off First (or Cancel) When Money Runs Tight

Whether it’s from job loss, a drop in income, or an unexpected expense, sometimes, it’s a struggle to pay your bills. It’s essential you prioritize your bill payments and what you owe, paying the most important bills first. But how do you prioritize when your income and expenses don’t match up?
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How to Set Up a Home Office on a Budget – Organization Ideas &...

Are you setting up your first home office? Even if you’re trying to get up and running fast, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Here’s how to plan, budget for, and save on everything you need, from electronics to furniture to supplies.
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How to Negotiate a Flexible/Remote Work Schedule With Your Employer

The U.S. is amid a global pandemic. Mayors, governors, and even the president are encouraging people to limit contact with others and stay home. Yet some employers remain hesitant to let people work remotely. If your boss is one of the holdouts on remote work, it’s time to negotiate.
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How to Become an ESL Teacher – Guide to Teaching English Abroad

If you’re a native English speaker, working as an English teacher at home or abroad can help you earn extra income while pursuing a fulfilling career. But before you jump in, there are things you need to learn about certification, educating nonnative speakers, and how to land a job you love.
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Is Working From Home Right for You? – Pros & Cons to Consider

Working from home is ideal for many people — and it can become necessary when you or a loved one is sick. But before you take the plunge into telecommuting, take a few minutes to consider the pros and cons of working from home to ensure your remote work experience goes off without a hitch.