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 You Should Not Do in Retirement

on October 18, 2021

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

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8 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buying

on October 11, 2021

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

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Top 5 Activities People Dream of Doing in Retirement

on September 29, 2021

No. 1 isn’t visiting grandkids, and No. 4 might surprise you.

6 Ways Older Americans Feel Unprepared for Retirement
6 Ways Older Americans Feel Unprepared for Retirement

on September 20, 2021

These concerns are worrying a majority of older workers.

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5 Cheap Car Repairs That Pay Off Big Down the Road

on September 16, 2021

These relatively inexpensive fixes will keep small problems from driving up your auto repair bills.

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20 Household Items You Can Make Yourself for a Lot Less

on September 9, 2021

You will be amazed at the array of products you can easily DIY for a fraction of the cost you would pay at a store.

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6 Reasons Retirees Still Need an Emergency Fund

on September 7, 2021

Once you’re on a fixed income, having an emergency fund is even more critical. Here’s why.

3 Things That Will Make This Christmas More Expensive
3 Things That Will Make This Christmas More Expensive

on August 31, 2021

Here’s what you need to know to avoid spending more than you must on the 2021 holiday season.

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9 Ways to Rid Your Home of Bad Odors

on August 30, 2021

Here’s how to clear your indoor air.

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9 Ways ‘Cancel Culture’ Can Improve Your Finances

on August 28, 2021

Don’t let these things drag down your budget.

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7 Unusual Tactics to Keep COVID-19 From Derailing Your Retirement

on August 27, 2021

These atypical tips can help keep your golden years on track despite the pandemic.

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10 Things Retirees Should Do Away With

on August 26, 2021

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

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9 Everyday Problems You Can Solve With Vaseline

on August 11, 2021

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

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How I Save $96 on a Haircut and Coloring

on August 7, 2021

My hair still looks and feels great. But now so does my budget.

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My Trick for Saving up to 80% on Parchment Paper

on July 26, 2021

This paper is essential for certain baking projects. Here’s how to cut the cost way, way down.

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12 Ways You Can Get Gift Cards for Free

on July 23, 2021

Get yourself some extra buying power.

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How I Buy Bread for $1 or Less

on July 8, 2021

No, I’m not talking about old or stale bread.

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10 Food Staples That Are Cheap and Easy to Make at Home

on July 3, 2021

Making any of these basic foods yourself will improve your meals — and your budget.

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Need Something? Buy Nothing

on June 24, 2021

This is how I’ve gotten everything from a barely-used waffle iron to homegrown horseradish for free while connecting with my community.

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10 Things You Should Never Pay Full Price For

on June 23, 2021

Smart shoppers rarely (if ever) pay retail for most of the things they need or want. These items should never be bought without a discount.

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