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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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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9 Ways ‘Cancel Culture’ Can Improve Your Finances

on July 15, 2021

Don’t let these things drag down your budget. Cancel and save!

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

on July 12, 2021

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

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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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13 Unusual but Effective Ways to Save on Groceries

on June 22, 2021

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

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22 Money-Saving Ways to Use Vinegar in Every Room of Your Home

on June 12, 2021

Vinegar is arguably the most versatile product in your house.

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10 of the Weirdest Things You Can Rent

on June 5, 2021

You might save a bundle by renting some of these surprising items (and people).

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7 Reasons Not to Take Social Security at Age 62

on May 24, 2021

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

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7 Health Foods You Can Make for a Fraction of the Cost

on May 20, 2021

You can create these and other trendy treats at home for lots less.

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20 Household Items You Can Make Yourself for a Lot Less

on May 17, 2021

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

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The 13 Fastest-Growing Costs for Retirees Since COVID-19

on May 7, 2021

Some of these expenses will surprise you.

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How to Plan a No-Waste Garden in 2021

on April 30, 2021

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

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12 Ways Retirees Can Earn Passive Income

on April 26, 2021

These simple ways of earning income without a lot of active, ongoing effort can stretch your retirement dollars.

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6 Ways to Keep a Stellar Credit Score in Retirement

on April 22, 2021

Here’s how — and why — to keep your score high.

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41 Things You Should Never Buy

on April 21, 2021

Some purchases are just plain dumb. Give yourself — and your budget — a break.

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5 Things You Think Could Hurt Your Credit Score — but Don’t

on April 6, 2021

How many of these myths do you believe?

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