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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7 Smart Ways to Use Baking Soda Around the House

on January 17, 2022

Here are some other overlooked ways to use this household staple.

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41 Things You Should Never Buy

on January 3, 2022

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

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The Top 8 Retirement Dreams People Look Forward to

on December 31, 2021

Everyone’s retirement is different, but people share some common hopes and dreams for their golden years.

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17 Uses for Baby Oil That Can Save You Money

on December 27, 2021

Here’s why this emollient for infants belongs in the home of every financially shrewd adult.

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How to Beat Price Inflation at the Dollar Store

on December 23, 2021

Many prices are rising by 25% at the nation’s largest dollar-store chain. But you don’t have to pay that much.

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3 Simple Steps to Not Starve in the Next Disaster

on November 24, 2021

Not many people want to believe they, too, might face a food emergency. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution.

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5 Common Turkey Cooking Mistakes That Can Make You Sick

on November 23, 2021

Done right, a Thanksgiving feast creates wonderful memories. Done wrong, it could send someone to the ER.

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6 Things to Do Before You Retire

on November 8, 2021

Use these essential tactics to help your golden years stay golden.

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13 Unusual but Effective Ways to Save on Groceries

on November 1, 2021

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

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8 Things You Should Not Do in Retirement

on October 28, 2021

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

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6 Ways Older Americans Feel Unprepared for Retirement

on October 27, 2021

These concerns are worrying a majority of older workers.

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10 Cheap Things to Do in Retirement

on October 25, 2021

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

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How I Save $96 on a Haircut and Coloring

on October 20, 2021

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

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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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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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