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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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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean for You? – Effects & How to Prepare

For much of the past decade, interest rates have been at historic lows. Interest rates set by most lenders tend to go up and down based on the federal funds target rate, or the...
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Should You Pay for a Credit Monitoring Service? – Best Options

In 2017, the credit bureau Equifax announced that hackers had broken into its servers and gained access to the personal information of roughly 143 million people, putting them at risk of identity theft. In the...
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How to Get Cheap Concert, Event & Musical Tickets

Tickets for concerts, shows, and other events can be outrageously expensive. Here's a quick sampling of prices I recently found on Ticketmaster:A Jay-Z and Beyoncé show at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey: $54...
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How to Use 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards Responsibly

After years of hovering at close to zero, interest rates are on the rise. The Federal Reserve raised rates three times in 2017 and twice more in early 2018, with more increases likely. That's...
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How to Deal with a Lying Spouse – Financial Infidelity in Marriage

Julia has a secret credit card that she hides from her husband, Carlos. Whenever she goes out for a little retail therapy, she uses that card and has the bill sent to her office....
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What to Do If Your Wallet or Purse Is Lost or Stolen

One day I was walking down the street minding my own business when a kid ran toward me and grabbed my purse off my shoulder. I tried to hold on to it, but he...
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Labor Unions in the United States – How They Work, Pros & Cons

When you read news stories about the middle class in America, you often see terms such as "squeezed" or "declining." As a 2017 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research points out, average lifetime...
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How to Save Money With Your High-Speed Internet Service Provider

Let's get this out of the way right up front: Internet service in the U.S. is a mess.According to the latest Internet Access Services Report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 40% of Americans...
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Men, Women & Money – How the Sexes Differ With Their Finances

The differences between the sexes can be a pretty touchy subject. Whenever you talk in general terms about men and women, you must pick your words carefully so you don't sound like you're promoting...
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Cheapskate vs. Frugal – 12 Signs You May Be Crossing the Line

Frugal living gets a bad rap sometimes.A good example of this is the TV show  "Extreme Cheapskates" on TLC, which goes out of its way to show penny-pinchers in the worst possible light. Tune into this...
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How to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget – Costs & Design Ideas

Remodeling a kitchen is a big - and expensive - project. According to HomeAdvisor, the average kitchen remodel costs $22,185, and a full-scale remodel with custom cabinets, granite counters, and high-end appliances can come...