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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.
Rich Definition Wealth Income

What Does It Mean to Be Rich? – Defining Wealth by Income, Net Worth...

If you pick any 10 people at random off the street and ask them all whether they'd like to be rich, chances are all 10 will say yes. But if you ask those same 10...
Smart Growth Urban Planning

What Is Smart Growth – Urban Planning Principles, Benefits & Examples

Imagine that you live in a small town that's experiencing a sudden population boom. Very soon, the town is going to have to add more housing and retail space. The town council has received...
Private Vs Public School Cost Comparison

Private School vs. Public School – Cost & Comparison

One of the biggest expenses for many middle-class families is school costs for their children. Many parents pay thousands of dollars each year to send their kids to private schools - particularly those who...
Cloth Diapers Vs Disposable Cost

Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable – Cost, Types & How to Choose for Your Baby

Back when I was little, new parents had just one choice to make about diapers. They could use plain white cotton diapers, secured with safety pins and covered in plastic pants to protect against leaks,...
Difference Between Needs Wants Luxuries

Difference Between Needs & Wants (Luxuries) and How to Draw the Line

Books and articles about living on a personal budget often emphasize the importance of cutting spending on luxuries. They say that by cutting out "frivolous" expenses, such as coffeehouse lattes or cable TV, you can save thousands of...
Making Grocery Price Book

How to Make a Grocery Price Book to Save at the Supermarket

When you're on a tight personal budget, grocery shopping can be a particular challenge. If you're buying one big item, such as a kitchen appliance or a computer, you can compare prices ahead of time and...
Middle Class America Definition

What Is Considered Middle Class in America? – Definition, Income Range & Jobs

The news is full of stories about how tough times are for the middle class. Story after story talks about how jobs are disappearing, prices are rising, and many essentials, such as healthcare and...
fair trade tag

What Is Fair Trade and What Does It Mean? – Definition, Products & Facts

Take a stroll down the coffee aisle of any large supermarket, and there's a good chance you'll see at least one or two bags of beans sporting a little label that says "Fair Trade." These bags...
Things Falling Prices

4 Things With Falling Prices That Are More Affordable Than Ever

Sometimes it appears that everything just keeps getting more and more expensive. That's certainly the impression you'd get from reading the news - every time you open the paper, it seems, there's another story...
Unwanted Holiday Gifts

What to Do With Unwanted Holiday Gifts – How to Return, Exchange & Regift

In National Retail Federation surveys about which gifts people want for the holidays, the number one answer, year after year, is a gift card. Many people would rather pick out their own presents than have someone...
Living Tiny House Movement Plans

What Is the Tiny House Movement – Plans, Resources, Pros & Cons

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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...