Donna Freedman

A former newspaper journalist, Donna Freedman has been a staff writer for MSN Money and Get Rich Slowly, and freelanced for a wide variety of online and print publications. She got a college degree at age 52 (better late than REALLY late) on full scholarship. Now she lives and writes the frugal life in Anchorage, Alaska, and blogs at

Angry grumpy man neighbor
10 Ways We Annoy Our Neighbors Without Realizing

on December 6, 2022

Unless you live in seclusion, your actions (and inactions) have an impact on the lives of others. Here’s how to realize – and mitigate – that impact.

Woman placing food in the pantry
5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

on December 2, 2022

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

Woman watching TV
8 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buying

on November 29, 2022

You may think you’re looking at a must-have purchase. But run the numbers and think twice.

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10 Cheap Things to Do in Retirement

on November 25, 2022

It’s time to live a little. These activities keep you active and engaged without breaking the bank.

Happy proud middle-aged businesswoman or mother feeling successful about saving
10 Smart Habits of Frugal People

on November 17, 2022

Frugal people know how to get their needs met without overspending. Their money-saving habits are easy to implement and can greatly boost your budget.

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9 of the Best Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Dinner in 2022

on November 17, 2022

Entertain friends and family in great style while keeping your wallet intact.

7 Reasons Not to Take Social Security at Age 62
7 Reasons Not to Take Social Security at Age 62

on November 12, 2022

The sooner you claim Social Security retirement benefits, the more you — and perhaps your spouse — stand to lose. Here are the stakes.

Woman shocked or embarrassed and making an "oops" face covering her mouth after making a mistake
10 Embarrassing Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

on November 11, 2022

Some boneheaded stunts happen when no one is watching. But sometimes they can have personal or professional repercussions.

Woman shopping for groceries
13 Unusual but Effective Ways to Save on Groceries

on November 11, 2022

Here’s how to buy groceries at warehouse-club prices — or less — without paying the membership fee.

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8 Signs You’ve Gone From Frugal to Cheap

on October 18, 2022

Frugality means wise use of money. Cheapness can destroy health and relationships.

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10 Simple Grocery Swaps That Can Save You Big Money

on October 14, 2022

Supermarket prices are out of control. Fortunately, a few simple changes can help save your food budget.

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8 Foods You Should Not Put in the Refrigerator

on October 11, 2022

Refrigerating these items affects flavor and texture. That’s not something you want, especially since food prices are soaring.

Young couple working on a budget
6 Big Obstacles to Having a Comfortable Retirement

on October 10, 2022

Workers are spending more and saving less.

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12 Things You Should Not Do in Retirement

on October 3, 2022

Some retirement mistakes operate under the radar. Here’s how to avoid unwise decisions.

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9 Everyday Problems You Can Solve With Vaseline

on September 30, 2022

Forget expensive specialty products. Good ol’ petroleum jelly can address many common annoyances.

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7 Red Flags of a Freeloader

on September 30, 2022

Some people turn freeloading into an art form. Here’s how to spot the moochers and set some boundaries.

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13 Things Frugal People Never Do

on September 29, 2022

Everyone approaches frugality a bit differently. However, there are some things frugal people never do.

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16 Things Retirees Should Do Away With

on September 26, 2022

The transition into retirement is an ideal time to take inventory of your possessions.

Woman doubting man, unsure who is telling the truth or lying
9 Lies Everyone Is Guilty of Telling

on September 7, 2022

Some lies are outright deceptions. Others are more like wishful thinking. Here are some ways around common – and potentially damaging – falsehoods.

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11 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps

on August 24, 2022

SNAP is designed to help low-income Americans buy nutritious food, but some of these “food” items might surprise you.

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