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

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8 Things No One Told You About Retiring Early

on May 26, 2023

Is it really possible to retire at 55, or even at 35? Maybe. But you need to consider all the angles.

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7 Smart Uses for Rubbing Alcohol

on May 26, 2023

Used right, rubbing alcohol can make your world cleaner, safer and – believe it or not – better-smelling.

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11 Ways to Turn Table Scraps Into Delicious Meals

on May 9, 2023

Billions of dollars’ worth of food goes to waste in the U.S. every year. Here’s how to turn table scraps and other “trash” into healthy meals.

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6 Things You Should Freeze Right Now

on April 22, 2023

With grocery prices skyrocketing, too much takeout can torpedo your budget. These tactics will help you create tasty, nutritious and affordable meals in a twinkling.

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18 Things You Should Not Do in Retirement

on April 21, 2023

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

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10 Embarrassing Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

on April 13, 2023

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

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How to Spring-Clean Your Finances in 8 Steps

on April 7, 2023

Use housecleaning-related tactics to spit-shine your money goals. Then watch your financial health blossom like the first flowers in spring.

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10 Smart Habits of Frugal People

on April 6, 2023

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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How to Start a Vegetable Garden (That Won’t Overwhelm You)

on April 4, 2023

Use these tips to grow the perfect amount of veggies for your household.

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7 Red Flags of a Freeloader

on February 10, 2023

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 February 6, 2023

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 February 6, 2023

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

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7 Smart Habits of Minimalists You Should Try

on January 23, 2023

Certain minimalist tactics can help you better understand your own financial habits. The result: A less complicated life, and more money in your budget.

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Over Easy: 5 Ways to Deal With Egg Shortages and Inflation

on January 18, 2023

Experiencing shell shock in the dairy department? We’ve hatched a few workarounds to egg shortages and price hikes.

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How to Beat High Food Costs at ‘Salvage’ Grocery Stores

on January 10, 2023

These discount retailers sell groceries for pennies on the dollar.

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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.

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5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

on December 2, 2022

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

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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.

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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.

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