Author Archives: Amy L. Fontinelle

How to Get Free Reading Material for Plane Trips

Why spend money buying magazines at the airport for full price when you can get them for free with a little advance planning? Many magazines allow you a free trial of one or more issues. Sign up for a couple … Continue reading

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How To Fine Dine On A Budget

Food costs take up a significant portion of everyone’s budget, and we incur the cost month after month. While it is possible to eat for a dollar a day if you’re desperate, curious, or masochistic enough, most of us have … Continue reading

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Home Inspection – Do Your Really Need One?

The first time a realtor explained the home inspection process to me, I thought, “What a load of crap! I can test the dishwasher and make sure all the outlets work myself! Why would I pay someone else $450 to … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Entrepreneurial Success

Last week, I wrote about the pitfalls of starting your own business. Now that we have discussed the potential downside, if you still want to take the plunge, here are ten tips for making your new business successful. 1. Set … Continue reading

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Six Self-Employment Myths You Need To Know Before Striking Out On Your Own

Who hasn’t fantasized about quitting their job and striking out on their own? The desire is perhaps especially strong for Americans, since doing it yourself and creating your own successes are so ingrained in our value system. As someone who … Continue reading

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10 Hair Care Product Myths That Drain Your Wallet

Being an informed shopper can go a long way towards saving money. With that in mind, I’d like to dispel some little-known facts about hair care products that I learned from reading Don’t Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me … Continue reading

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10 Vital Housing Questions Real Estate Listings Can’t Answer

When you’re in the market for a new home, it’s easy to spend hours pouring over online listings. But don’t get too excited about that dream home that meets all of your criteria on paper: the listing is just the … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn’t Trade In Your Stuff

Trading in your old model when you’re moving up to a new one can seem like a great deal at first, but you’ll often throw money away if you take this route. No matter what you’re trading in, the same … Continue reading

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Why Newer Cars Don’t Save You Money

A friend of mine, whom I generally agree with on all matters financial, does have one belief that I have to disagree with. He thinks that once a car surpasses 100,000 miles or so, the costs of having to repeatedly … Continue reading

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The Cost of Convenience: The Pros and Cons of Having Groceries Delivered

Sometimes you just don’t have time to go to the grocery store, or you aren’t in the mood to deal with the crowds. Or maybe you find grocery shopping to be unpleasant no matter what–stores have gotten enormous, and they’re … Continue reading

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