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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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What Does Gentrification Mean for Neighborhoods? – Benefits vs. Negative Effects

Suppose you're living in a cheap, somewhat run-down neighborhood in the city. After a while, you notice new people starting to move in: artists, students, same-sex couples, and young folks fresh out of college...
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6 Money Lessons You Can Learn From the Millennial Generation

One of the most popular pastimes of the 21st century, it would appear, is millennial-bashing. Hardly a week goes by when an article doesn't pop up in your news feed about yet another product...
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How Stores Trick You Into Buying & Spending More

Have you ever walked into a store planning to buy just one or two things and walked out an hour later with a whole shopping cart full of stuff?If you're like most people, this...
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9 Easy Ways to Make Some Extra Cash

Most of us could use a little extra cash. Maybe you'd like more money to pay down debt or build up an emergency fund. Maybe you have no debt and plenty of savings, but it's always...
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12 eBay Selling Tips to Maximize Your Profits

If you've got a house full of clutter and no money in your wallet, it's probably occurred to you that you could kill two birds with one stone by selling some of this stuff...
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The Gender Wage Gap – Do Men Really Earn More Than Women?

It's no big secret that men, as a group, earn more than women. A report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2016, women working full-time and year-round earned only 80% as much as...
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How to Spot & Avoid Predatory Lending (& What to Do If You’re a...

When the Robinsons decided to refinance their mortgage, a local bank offered them a tempting deal with low payments they could easily afford. However, the smooth-talking bank representative glossed over the fact that the...
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9 Places to Find Missing Money – How to Search for Unclaimed Funds

If you've ever put on a jacket you haven't worn in a few weeks and discovered a $10 bill in the pocket, you can probably remember the thrill you felt at the discovery. It's...
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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...