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276 POSTS 0 COMMENTSAmy 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.
The average per-person cost for prescription drugs in the U.S. is much higher than in other countries. But you don’t have to skip filling prescriptions, take over-the-counter drugs instead, skip doses, or cut pills in half. These tips are better ways to get your medicine for less.
The percentage of public schools that require uniforms is on the rise. They provide many benefits for kids and schools, but uniforms have one big downside for parents: the cost. If your kids wear a uniform to school, these tips can save you lots of money from now until they graduate.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans with no coverage, you know your health care costs can be substantial. Many uninsured Americans go without necessary medical care because of it. To avoid becoming one of them, you need to find lower-cost sources of care your budget can handle.
You can love fashion and the planet at the same time. These top eco-friendly clothing brands use sustainable materials and green processes to create quality pieces that can last for seasons. And some are more affordable than you might think.
The "invisible rich" don’t look rich. They drive used cars, live in modest homes, and avoid showy splurges. These real millionaires have plenty of money, but they don't splash it around — which is one reason they have so much. Here’s how you can join them.
Almost 2 million Americans live on minimum wage, which despite inflation hasn’t increased since 2009. But is that a living wage? Explore the ins and outs of living on just $7.25 per hour through both a fictional American named Kai and the stories of real-life Americans who do it every day.
Book lovers, rejoice! Whether you prefer paperbacks, e-books, or audiobooks, there are plenty of places to find cheap and — better still — free reading material. Here are some great resources for the bookworm on a budget.
When it comes to debt, it’s easy to get in over your head. Like a snowball growing ever larger as it rolls down a hill, debts can quickly pile up into a mountain that’s beyond your ability to pay. One way to escape this situation is debt settlement. But it pays to know how it works first.
Inflation is like a silent thief that whittles away the value of your money, making each dollar worth less and less over time. Yet some inflation is normal and even useful in a healthy economy. Learn how inflation affects you and how can you plan for it — or even use it to your advantage.
No matter how much good stuff you have at a garage sale, it won’t bring in shoppers if you don’t have an attractive and accessible presentation. To draw people in, use these tips to show off your pieces so effectively their first glimpse is enough to convince them your sale is worth a closer look.
You can’t have a successful garage sale if you’re driving customers away with high or unclear prices. You need appealing prices that are apparent upfront to persuade buyers to open their wallets. It takes planning and a little research, but these tips can make it easier.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit many American cities hard. In fact, many city dwellers are thinking about moving to a less populated area. But is that really the smartest move for your health or finances? Before selling your home, first examine the true cost of living in urban, suburban, and rural areas.