Author Archives: Amy L. Fontinelle

8 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Catering

Are you overwhelmed and horrified by the prices you’ve been quoted to provide food and drinks for your wedding guests? It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some options to keep food and drink costs within your wedding … Continue reading

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How To Make Sure Tax Professionals Prepare Your Return Correctly

If you’re someone who doesn’t have the time or sufficient knowledge of the tax code to prepare your own tax returns, you might be wondering how to find a quality professional to do your taxes. After all, just because someone … Continue reading

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8 Ways A Recession Can Benefit You In The Long Run

In the midst of a recession, it’s easy to feel like things will never get better. The news is filled with reports of layoffs and stock market declines, the atmosphere at work is somber, and talk about the economy even … Continue reading

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Recession Vacations

In this economy, many of us probably can’t afford to take a summer vacation like we’re used to. The simple solution would be to avoid traveling to save money, but this isn’t always possible. Even when money is tight, there … Continue reading

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How Much 10 Common Grocery Items Cost Savvy Shoppers

After following sales and coupons religiously for several months, I’ve started to get a sense of the best prices for various items. The best way to get these prices is to use the Coupon Mom method of combining a store’s … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Groceries with the Coupon Mom Method

The only thing I used to do to save money on groceries was to make a list before each shopping trip and stick to a monthly grocery budget. I didn’t use coupons because I figured I saved more money by … Continue reading

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Standards for Living Expenses

If you’re trying to scale back your spending and live within your means or just save a little more each month, how do you determine reasonable spending amounts for each category of spending in your life like food, clothes, and … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Ways To Get Organized

If you can’t afford the luxury of a professional crew of organizers and designers to organize your clutter and maximize your space, that doesn’t mean you have to keep living in chaos. Those of us on a budget still have … Continue reading

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Discover More Credit Card Signup Bonus

Though there have been reports that credit card rewards programs are being scaled back and there don’t seem to be as many great signup bonuses these days, there is one signup bonus that is being heavily advertised that you may … Continue reading

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6 Considerations Before Accepting Your First Job

Knowing what to do when you first graduate isn’t easy. There’s so much at stake: paying off student loans, choosing a geographic location you’ll enjoy, starting your career off on the right foot-how do you know what jobs to spend … Continue reading

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What College Doesn’t Teach You about the Real World

For all the time and expense involved and for all the talk about how a college degree will help you land a job and make a higher salary, there sure are a lot of important things that many college curriculum … Continue reading

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Things I Wish I Had Known About Work When I Was Younger

When you’re a young adult preparing for a working world that you haven’t yet experienced, knowing what to expect is difficult. Here are a number of things I wish I had known about work when I was 20 that would … Continue reading

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6 More Ways to Minimize Shipping Costs

I wrote earlier how to minimize shipping costs of by purchasing a digital scale, skipping the post office, avoiding Stamps.com’s printable stamps, buying old stamps from eBay, and using free online tools. Here are six more ways to keep your … Continue reading

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Trip to the 99-Cent Store

The first time I went to the 99-cent store was about four years ago. I went primarily out of curiosity, and I was pretty creeped out. I was mostly interested in looking at the food, and it seemed like everything … Continue reading

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Adapting The Right Mindset To Land Your Dream Job

Do you love your job? Do you wish you did? Your mantra may be, “there’s a reason they call it work,” but you don’t have to trudge through your weekdays forever if you don’t want to. The first step to … Continue reading

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15 Things that Make Flying Coach Bearable

Baby boomers remember a time when airline travel was a luxury and a reason to dress up. But these days, does anyone look forward to flying? Passenger complaints have been increasing along with consumer activism and lobbying congress, but the … Continue reading

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How to Nicely Furnish and Decorate Your Apartment for Under $1,000

When you move into a new apartment, you will undoubtedly need or want some items that you didn’t have in your previous apartment. Every apartment has a different layout, different windows, different amounts of storage space, and other subtleties that … Continue reading

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11 Actions You Can Take To Improve Your Airplane Experience

When we pay so much money for plane tickets, why does the experience have to be so miserable? Well, maybe it doesn’t have to be. While this article won’t tell you how to maintain your sanity in a grounded plane … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Minimize Shipping Costs and Maximize Your Profits

If you’re like me and you sell pretty much anything you don’t use anymore on eBay, then you do a lot of shipping. I hate to eat into my profit margin by paying for shipping supplies, though, so over the … Continue reading

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Eight Less Commonly Mentioned Benefits of Home Ownership

You’ve already heard that owning a home can be a great way to build wealth and financial security and that there’s this mysterious thing called “pride of ownership” that makes it enjoyable to mow your lawn even when it’s 100 … Continue reading

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