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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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7 Ways to Sell Your Home Without Hosting an Open House

Although open houses might be great fun for curious neighbors and looky-loos, do they offer any value to sellers? Maybe, but there are also better options in our technology-driven day and age. Read about some of your choices and learn the top ways to sell your home without hosting an open house.
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32 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Whole Family (on Every Budget)

The perfect stocking stuffer gifts are baubles or gadgets the recipient will love and use. But it’s easy to spend a fortune filling stockings if you’re trying to avoid old standbys like fruit and candy. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative ways to stuff a Christmas stocking on any budget.
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81 Kitchen Tools, Gadgets & Utensils to Simplify Your Holiday Dinners

If it’s your turn to host dinner for a holiday or special occasion, having the right gear and equipment helps a lot. But you don’t have to bankrupt yourself to get your kitchen and dining room ready. There are loads of affordable options available, regardless of your budget.
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20 Virtual Holiday Party Ideas and Games That Are Fun & Affordable

There’s no place like home, but sometimes you just can’t get there for the holidays. But with a little creativity, you can still spend time with loved ones thanks to videoconferencing platforms. These affordable ways to celebrate holidays virtually ensure you never miss out on family time.
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8 Ways to Handle Gift Giving on a Tight Budget

Between yearly events like birthdays and Christmas and infrequent milestones like graduations and weddings, buying all the gifts you need each year can get expensive. But there are loads of tips and tricks you can use to spend less on gifts all year long.
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12 Alternatives to Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner – Substitute Food Ideas

Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey. But it’s also synonymous with excess and food waste. When holiday leftovers end up in the garbage, you’re throwing away money and the energy that got it into your oven. These Thanksgiving turkey alternatives can help you reduce food (and cash) waste.
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How Credit Scores Are Calculated and What It Means for You

Your credit score might not seem to matter too much for your daily life. But there are times when it can make or break your financial goals. Understanding what credit scores are, how they're calculated, and how they affect you will help you make the best choices for your financial future.
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10 Divorce Settlement Mistakes That Can Cost You & Your Family

Divorce is a trying time financially as well as emotionally. Fortunately, there are things you can do — and avoid doing — to help keep the process moving and potentially reduce the cost. As you work with your spouse to divide up your life together, here’s what not to do.
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How to Become a Virtual Assistant – What You Need to Get Hired

Virtual assistants can work from home, and many set their own schedules, working as many or as few hours as they like. If you’re intrigued, learn more about what VAs do and how you can get started on your own fulfilling, financially rewarding VA career.
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How & Where to Sell Your Used College Textbooks for Cash

Tired of shelling out what seems like a king’s ransom for your course textbooks, then getting only a pittance when you try to sell them back to the college bookstore? Despite what they want you to believe, your used textbooks have resale value. The trick is figuring out where to sell them.
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9 Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks

We all know it: College is expensive, and the cost of tuition keeps going up. According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2019 report, between the 2009 – 2010 school year and...
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4 Ways to Preserve Fruits & Vegetables From Your Home Garden

A decent-size home garden can provide enough food to last all year. Unfortunately, your bountiful harvest won’t stay good that long. But with a bit of careful planning, you can preserve many of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs you grow to make your crops last throughout the year.