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Amy Livingston is a freelance writer who can actually answer yes to the question, "And from that you make a living?" She has written about personal finance and shopping strategies for a variety of publications, including ConsumerSearch.com, ShopSmart.com, and the Dollar Stretcher newsletter. She also maintains a personal blog, Ecofrugal Living, on ways to save money and live green at the same time.
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7 Government Imposter Scams to Watch Out For

Pretty much every successful scam depends on misplaced trust. To get money out of you, scammers have to get you to trust them, and one of the quickest ways for them to do that is...
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4 Budgeting Alternatives to Meet Your Financial Goals

If you've ever searched for advice on how to meet your financial goals, there's one tip you've probably heard over and over: You need to make a budget. No matter what you're trying to do — get...
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15 Healthy Food Substitutions to Save Money in Your Home Recipes

You've decided to save money by cooking more meals at home instead of eating out all the time. On your first night, you're off to a good start, halfway through a brand-new soup recipe,...
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The Pantry Challenge – What It Is & How to Save Money With It

Here's a story that might sound familiar to you. It's the last week of the month, and you only have a few bucks left to buy food. You've looked for ways to stretch your grocery...
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Amazon vs. eBay – Which Is Better for Selling Your Stuff Online?

If you're looking for ways to pick up a little extra cash, it's probably crossed your mind to try going through your closets looking for old stuff you can sell. Unused clothing, jewelry, collectibles,...
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Free & Cheap College Classes for Senior Citizens (By State & University)

Many people look forward to retirement as a time to travel, garden, play golf, or visit their grandchildren. Others have no definite plans beyond a vague idea about "relaxing." When they leave work, they...
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Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Coverage & How It Works

In 1996, 10.6 million American children — one out of every seven kids in the country — had no health insurance, according to a report from the Census Bureau. For kids from low-income families, the numbers...
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How Much Does Your Job Really Pay? – Calculating Your Hourly Wage

If you're like most Americans — about 70%, according to a 2017 Gallup poll — you're not that happy with your current job. Maybe you've fantasized about quitting to do something more satisfying, like starting a small...
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How to Prevent & Avoid Child Identity Theft – Protection For Your Kids

Picture this: One day, you're going through your mail, and you find a summons for jury duty. The funny thing is, it's not for you; it's for your child, who's only 8 years old....
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Should You Buy a Starter Home as a First-Time Home Buyer?

Shopping for your first home can be a bit discouraging, especially in a hot housing market like Boston or the San Francisco Bay Area. In these areas, even modest single-family homes commonly sell for...
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6 Ways Pinching Pennies by Being Cheap Can Cost You Dollars

When you're living on a tight budget, you get in the habit of pinching pennies wherever you can. You switch off lights in any room you aren't in, drink only tap water, and always...