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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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17 Best Personal Finance Books to Read of All Time

Most Americans today are woefully lacking in financial literacy. A 2018 study by the FINRA Foundation found that only 2 in 5 Americans could correctly answer at least 4 out of 6 questions about simple...
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Living With Your Adult Children Moving Back Home – How to Make It Work

Graduating from college used to be a signal your kids were ready to start life on their own. But nowadays, many students need to move home for a year or more. For many parents, it can be worrisome. But it is possible to live with your adult children without becoming a financial enabler.
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How to Choose the Right Bicycle – Different Types of Bikes

Buying a new bicycle is a big decision. It’s a major investment. High-quality bikes can cost anywhere from $400 to upward of $15,000, rivaling the price of a new car. Learn how to choose the right type of bicycle to ensure you make a decision you don’t regret later.
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Moving Back Home With Your Parents After College – How to Make It Work

It used to be embarrassing for young adults to have to move back in with their parents. Today, it’s almost par for the course — and it’s not easy. But there are things you can do to avoid the mutual resentment, low self-esteem, and habits of dependency.
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Deals & Discounts for First Responders

First responders and essential workers are the glue that holds society together, particularly in times of crisis. And many American businesses recognize how important they are and are giving discounts to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which ones will you take advantage of?
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What Is a Will and Why Do I Need One?

It’s easy to make excuses for not creating a will, but it’s a vital legal document most people need to have. Thankfully, it’s not as expensive or time-consuming as you might think. What can a will do for you, and why should you create one today? Find out here.
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10 Nutritious Family Dinners You Can Make for Under $10 – Recipes

One of the biggest difficulties of eating healthy on a budget is the family dinner. Just coming up with a single dish that satisfies everyone is a challenge, and finding one that’s also reasonably healthy feels like a monumental task. But these healthy, crowd-pleasing recipes won’t break the bank.
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5 Signs It’s Time to Fire Your Financial Advisor

When you’re trusting another person with your money, a “so-so” fit isn’t good enough. If you’ve begun to suspect your financial advisor isn’t right for you, you’ll only hurt yourself by trying to hold on to the relationship. Here are five signs it’s time to look for a new financial advisor.
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14 Questions You Should Ask a Financial Advisor Before Hiring

When you’re hiring a financial advisor, it’s important to find the right person for the job. You need someone who’s competent and trustworthy — and preferably, someone who won’t charge you an arm and a leg. Ask potential advisors these questions to make sure you’re a good fit for each other.
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6 Retail Stores That Offer Price Match Guarantees & Adjustment Policies

Major chain retailers, such as Target and Walmart, offer price-matching policies as a way to attract more shoppers. It can be a great way to save both money and time on grocery shopping. Here’s everything you need to know about price-matching at six of the biggest retailers in the U.S.
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13 Best Educational Tools & Apps to Teach Kids About Managing Money

To get along in today’s world, kids need to learn about things like electronic banking, compound interest, and the importance of staying debt-free. Fortunately, the Internet has a wealth of educational websites, games, and banking apps to help kids of all ages master the basics of personal finance.
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How Much Does a Divorce Cost? – Types & Ways to Save

It’s no secret that getting married can be expensive. But getting divorced costs almost as much — an average of $13,000 per partner. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this costly. If you and your partner can agree on significant issues, you can end your marriage for less — maybe even on the cheap.