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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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5 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Gifts for Your Friends & Family

Budgets and diets have one thing in common: both tend to be broken during the holidays. Even people who have been careful with their money all year long tend to go a little crazy once the Christmas lights...
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What’s the Best Way to Travel During the Holidays? – Cost & Time Considerations

As the old song says, there's no place like home for the holidays. But judging by the statistics, for millions of Americans, "home" means somewhere other than the place they live year-round. According to the...
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Can You Live Without a Car? – Cost Savings, Benefits & Alternatives

If you've ever been stuck in a traffic jam, sitting motionless behind a diesel-belching truck as cyclists glide past happily in the bike lane, it may have crossed your mind that you'd be happier living without...
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Is Daylight Savings Time Helpful or Harmful? – History & Effects

Each year in early November, we all set our clocks back by one hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Or at least, most of us do. A Rasmussen poll shows that...
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10 DIY Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget – Tips & Techniques

I think there's a new syndrome that psychiatrists need to start treating. It's called a "home inferiority complex." You're at risk for this condition if you spend a lot of time reading decorating magazines or watching...
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Freegan Movement – Principles & Problems of Freeganism

One of the perks of living a frugal lifestyle is that it's also a greener lifestyle. For example, when you bike to work instead of driving, you buy less gas and also produce less air pollution. Likewise,...
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How to Get Help With Heating Costs Through LIHEAP – Eligibility & Benefits

On a cold January day, a single mother huddles on the couch with her two children, a blanket wrapped around them for warmth. The temperature in the apartment is set at 50 degrees. She'd like to...
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How Payday Loans Work – Biggest Dangers & 14 Better Alternatives

According to a survey by Bankrate, roughly 25% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The money they make just barely covers their day-to-day expenses, with little or nothing left over for emergencies. If you're...
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How to Make the Most of Your Leftover Food – Recipes & Tips

A shocking amount of food goes to waste in this country - according to Feeding America, about 70 billion pounds of it is discarded every year. That's 219 pounds per year, or 0.6 pounds...
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4 Air Conditioning Alternatives to Stay Cool This Summer

The first apartment I lived in as an adult was on the second and third floors of a building, above a store. The kitchen and living room were on the second floor, and the...
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Best Way to Pay Off Debt – Snowball vs. Avalanche vs. Snowflaking

If you're like most Americans - about 80% of all Americans, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts - you have some form of debt. And chances are, you already know what you need to...
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How to Save on Home Air Conditioning & Energy Costs in the Summer

Summertime has a lot going for it: pool parties, backyard cookouts, baseball games, and Fourth of July fireworks. However, the one thing that's not so great about summer is the heat. On a blazing...