Amy has been researching and writing about smarter ways to save and spend money since 2013. She is always on the lookout for practical tips and information she can share to help people get organized, save money and reach their financial goals.
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Expenses to Cut from Your Budget in 2020

New year, new budget. If you haven’t adjusted your budget for 2020 yet, now is the perfect time. Chances are, there are several budget categories that can use a refresh. And cutting out or reducing certain expenses will free up funds so you can do more of what you want this year. Let’s take a look at some of the expenses to cut (or at least cut...


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5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought it would be interesting to see which blog posts you clicked and shared the most. It is always our goal to bring you financial information and education you can use to help you save money and reach your financial goals. Let’s take a look at the top blog posts for the last year:     Helping Veterans     W...


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5 Ways to Minimize Food Waste and Save Money

If you feel like you end up throwing away more food than you eat, you’re not alone. Worldwide, more than one-third of all food produced ends up spoiled or thrown away. As Americans, we throw away as much as 40% of the food we buy. This ultimately ends up in landfills, producing methane emissions, which contribute to climate change — yikes! So n...


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Financial Resolutions for Generation Z

Often dismissed as being glued to their phones or mesmerized by their gaming consoles, members of Generation Z — those born after 1997 — have money on their minds. In fact, 72% of them report feeling stressed about money, according to the 2019 Future of Money Study. Personal finances can seem overwhelming to this generation, but they don’t...


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Online Installment Loans: What You Need to Know

As consumers become increasingly aware of the dangers of high-interest payday loans and car title loans, a new type of loan is quickly gaining popularity. Sub-prime borrowers are now flocking to online installment loans. At first glance, they may seem like a more manageable option, since the loans are designed to be paid back over time, rather than...


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6 Ways to Save Money on a Rental Car

Renting a car is a travel detail that often gets overlooked until the last minute, which can leave you paying far more than necessary. Fortunately, with just a little research and planning, you can save money on a rental car and get around town in style and comfort. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to save money on a rental car:    ...