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Amy Livingston

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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.
Toy Lending Libraries Exchanges

Toy Lending Libraries & Exchanges – Benefits and How They Work

As any parent knows, kids' toys are pricey - and children outgrow them quickly. It can drive you nuts dropping a big wad of cash on this year's hottest item during the holidays, only to...
Start Seed Exchange Gardeners

How to Start a Seed Savers Exchange for Gardeners in Your Community

My husband and I are avid gardeners. Our yard isn't huge, but it's big enough for a 100-square-foot vegetable garden that provides us with fresh produce and helps us eat organic on a budget. As much as...
Get Free Stuff Free Stores

How to Get Free Stuff at Free Stores & Swap Shops (or Start Your...

Everybody loves a bargain. There's nothing quite like the thrill of walking out of a store with a jacket that was originally priced at $300, knowing you paid only $30. But just imagine for...
Reuse Centers Architectural Salvage Stores

How to Shop at Reuse Centers & Architectural Salvage Stores to Save on Home...

A national spending study by American Express shows that about 75% of all homeowners do home improvement projects each year, spending more than $4,000 each. Materials account for a big chunk of this spending. For instance, floor tile for a bathroom...
Start Community Garden Benefits

What Is a Community Garden – Benefits & How to Start Your Own

There's nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own fresh flowers and vegetables in a home garden. Especially if you spend most of your day sitting behind a desk, it's a welcome change of pace to...
Compact Frugal Group

Meet “The Compact,” a Frugal Group Dedicated to Buying Secondhand Only

One of the keys to living a frugal lifestyle is to shop secondhand. Each person has different rules about what they will or won't buy used: For example, some are okay with used clothes but...
Tool Lending Library

What Is a Tool-Lending Library – Benefits & How to Start Your Own

One of the most frustrating things about home improvement is having to shell out money for a new tool that you only expect to use once. For example, if your bathroom needs re-tiling, you can't reasonably do...
Living Minimum Wage

Living on Minimum Wage – Is It Possible? (Live the Wage Challenge)

In the summer of 2014, several prominent politicians made an unusual choice. For one week, they all voluntarily set aside their generous salaries and tried to live on just $7.25 an hour - the federal minimum wage. No,...
What's Umbrella Insurance

What Is Umbrella Insurance – Do I Need a Policy?

Imagine that you're just a few years away from a well-deserved retirement. You've got a sizable retirement account, plus a house and car that are fully paid off. Altogether, your assets amount to a little over...
Composting Make Compost Fertilizer Home

Composting 101: How to Make Compost & Fertilizer at Home

My husband and I are avid composters. All our kitchen and yard waste goes into a bin we built ourselves, and we pull out enough finished compost each year to feed about half of our...
Do It Yourself Home Improvement

Do It Yourself (DIY) or Hire a Contractor for Home Improvement Projects?

When you buy a home, the money you pay up front is just the beginning. You're also on the hook for a whole slew of ongoing expenses, including property tax, homeowners insurance, utilities - and, of...
Money Buy Happiness Economics

Can Money Buy Happiness? – Understanding the Economics of Happiness

Suppose you're looking for a job, and you have two offers on the table. Company A has offered you a salary of $100,000, but you happen to know that the average salary there is $200,000....