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Amanda Finn

Amanda Finn

Amanda Finn is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She largely writes about lifestyle and travel with a focus on making the most out of life and all it has to offer (without going over budget). When she isn’t writing, she’s spending quality time with her husband Kyle, her puggle Puggsley, and her two bunnies.

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Sinking Funds 101

Eliminate financial emergencies by saving with purpose.

Posted on: January 16, 2020


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Are You Really Saving Money on After-Christmas Sales?

Black Friday and the after-Christmas sales are all the hype for folks who want a good deal. But are you actually getting one?

Posted on: December 26, 2019


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Christmas Bonus Money: To Save or Not to Save

When coming into extra money you didn’t expect, it’s easy to rationalize treating yourself. But is there a better course of action than that? 

Posted on: December 20, 2019


Use the Holidays to Teach Kids These 4 Financial Lessons 

Are you setting good examples for your kiddos during the holiday season? Now is the perfect time to review these financial lessons. 

Posted on: December 13, 2019


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Save Money on Heating Bills Without Freezing This Winter

Can’t afford your growing utility bills? There are plenty of ways to warm your home this winter without fretting about heating costs.

Posted on: December 12, 2019


Managing Finances During a Job Loss

If you’re headed into unemployment, especially during the holiday season, these tips can help.

Posted on: November 15, 2019


Paying for College With Bad Credit

If you have no credit or bad credit, there are other financial aid options to consider before plunging into the world of long- term repayments.

Posted on: November 05, 2019


A Financial Fairytale: The Journey of the Saver and the Spender

Getting married is all about the merging of two lives into one, which typically includes finances. But when one of you is a spender and the other a saver, navigating your budget can get tricky.

Posted on: October 24, 2019


Avoid Blowing Up Your Honeymoon Budget

There are plenty of ways to have the romantic getaway of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Posted on: October 20, 2019


Roth 401(k) vs. 401(k): What’s the Difference?

The basic explanation is that income taxes are handled differently between Roth and traditional 401(k)s, but there is more to these retirement plans than meets the eye.

Posted on: October 10, 2019