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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.
Pop Up Retail Stores Benefits

What Are Pop-Up Retail Stores – Benefits and How to Support Them

Picture a business district in your area with a lot of stores sitting empty. It shouldn't be too hard to think of one: A 2014 study by the National Association of Counties (NACo) shows that...
Becoming Vegetarian Challenges

How to Become a Vegetarian – Diet Types, Benefits & Challenges

When you picture a typical American meal, chances are you see a big slice of meat in the center of the plate. From the Thanksgiving turkey to the Fourth of July cookout, the typical...
Financial Benefits Marriage Single

Financial Benefits of Marriage vs. Being Single – What’s Better?

Each year, about two million Americans get married, according to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. No doubt all those newlyweds, or at least most of them, believe that tying the knot will make them happier. What they might...
Holiday Entertaining Party Ideas Budget

4 Holiday Entertaining & Party Ideas on a Tight Budget

In 2008, at the height of the recession, The New York Times ran a story about how to throw a "transcendent" holiday party on a stripped-down budget. Reporter Alex Williams contacted David Monn, an elite New York...
Snap Food Stamp Challenge

The SNAP/Food Stamp Challenge – Could You Eat on $4.15 a Day?

Imagine going into a supermarket knowing that you have only $30 for a week's worth of food. You make your way along the aisles carefully comparing prices, rejecting canned beans for the cheaper dried...
Get Food Stamps Snap Eligibility

How to Get EBT Food Stamps – SNAP Program Eligibility & Application

In 2014, more than 46 million people got all or part of their monthly grocery bills paid by the government. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, helps low-income people buy the food they need...
Save Money Eating Out Restaurants

10 Ways to Save Money Eating Out at Restaurants

In many books and articles about saving money, a common piece of advice about dining out is simply, "Don't do it." After all, when you eat out, you're not just paying for the food - you're...
Buy Refurbished Electronics

Should I Buy Refurbished Electronics? – How It’s Different From New & Used

Say you're in the market to buy a new laptop. The one you've got your eye on is the MacBook Pro, but you can't find a new one for less than $1,200, which is out of...
Bottled Water Versus Tap Water Facts

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water – Facts & 4 Reasons to Drink Tap

According to the United Nations, 783 million people worldwide - nearly one out of every nine people in the world - don't have reliable access to clean water. One of the worst countries for water access is...
Things Get Free

11 Things You Can Get for Free – How to Get Free Stuff

Here's a little memory exercise: Try to make a list of all the things you've spent money on in the past week. Start with today, and work your way backward, jotting down the trip to...
Advantages Disadvantages Credit Cards

Advantages & Disadvantages of Credit Cards – Do They Help or Hurt You?

If you ever want to start an argument in a financial forum, all you have to do is bring up the topic of credit cards. It seems that everyone either loves them or hates...
Landscaping Native Plants

Landscaping With Native Plants – Benefits & How to Plan Your Yard

When it comes to landscape plants, there are a few old standbys that gardeners everywhere seem to rely on. Japanese red maples, with their colorful leaves, are a favorite. Hybrid tea roses and yellow...