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Amy Livingston

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,, 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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8 Ideas to Make & Save an Extra $1,000 Fast (in Just One Month)

Build your emergency savings account with these fast and easy ways to make extra money. Simple changes like cutting your monthly expenses, lowering your loan payments, getting a side gig, and trimming your monthly bills can save you up to $1,000 or more per month.
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How to Save Up to $1,465 per Year Shopping Online With Coupon Codes

Although extreme couponing can save you a lot of money at checkout, it's also a big hassle. You have to amass a large collection of coupon inserts, go through them all to find the coupons...
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13 Subscription Gift Boxes for Kids That Keep on Giving

Finding the perfect birthday or holiday gift for a child is always a challenge. Of course, you can walk down the toy aisle at any big-box store and see shelves full of shiny, mass-produced toys,...
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15 Best Magazine Subscriptions for Kids of All Ages

One of the best ways for parents to get their kids off to a good start in school and in life is to encourage them to read. Reading on a regular basis helps children...
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Estate & Inheritance Tax – Threshold, Rates & Calculating How Much You Owe

As the old saying goes, nothing is certain except death and taxes. Nobody loves either one of these things – and when you put the two together, people hate the combination even more. The best...
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10 Ways to Enjoy a Romantic Weekend Getaway for Less

It's tough to keep the fire in your relationship when you're bogged down in your daily routine. A romantic weekend getaway is just the ticket to rekindle that flame — but the cost! According...
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10 Inexpensive Yet Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Close your eyes and picture a couple on a date for Valentine's Day. Do you see a candlelit dinner at a fancy restaurant? A romantic weekend getaway at a cozy bed-and-breakfast? Or maybe something more...
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12 Best Financial Podcasts About Money, Business & Investing in 2020

Twenty years ago, you might have switched on a TV show about money instead. But today, the handiest way to improve your financial literacy is to listen to a podcast. Whether you want to get out of debt, improve your career prospects, choose investments, or plan your way to an early retirement, there’s a podcast out there that can help you reach your goal. Here’s a roundup of the most recommended podcasts for learning everything you ever wanted to know about money.
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12 Ideas to Save on Super Bowl Party Food, Recipes & Supplies

After New Year's Day, the first big event of the year is the Super Bowl. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2019, Americans spent close to $15 billion on parties and events surrounding...
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20 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend (on Every Budget)

It's a bit of a stereotype to say that men aren't good at expressing their feelings. Still, stereotype or not, it's definitely true of some. And if the guy you're dating happens to be...
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20 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Girlfriend (on Every Budget)

Sigmund Freud once lamented that despite all his years studying the human psyche, there was one "great question" he'd never been able to answer. It was, "What does a woman want?" His problem, of course,...
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How to Create a Holiday Budget and Stick to It

The silver bells of the holiday season can certainly take their toll on your wallet. In a November 2019 Gallup poll, Americans said they expected to spend an average of $942 on holiday gifts....