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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9 Uncomfortable Places That Might Have Hidden Cameras

on April 16, 2024

Everybody wants to feel safe. But the proliferation of cameras in our society can leave you feeling spied upon.

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Stop Buying These 9 Overpriced Cleaning Products

on April 1, 2024

Don’t break the bank to have a clean house. Use these inexpensive cleaning strategies instead.

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10 Smart Habits of Frugal People

on March 29, 2024

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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10 Ways We Annoy Our Neighbors Without Realizing

on March 21, 2024

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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9 Lies Everyone Is Guilty of Telling

on March 7, 2024

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 Tips for Making Your Freezer Pay for Itself

on February 24, 2024

If you’re going to drop hundreds (or thousands) on an appliance, make sure you’re getting the most out of that purchase.

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8 Things No One Told You About Retiring Early

on January 16, 2024

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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5 of the Best Places To Retire in Alaska

on January 10, 2024

Sure, it’s (mostly) cold and remote. But the Last Frontier has plenty to recommend it, including an annual check from the state just for living there.

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

on January 10, 2024

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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8 Things Americans Dream of Doing in Retirement

on January 9, 2024

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

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14 Unusual but Effective Ways To Save on Groceries

on January 5, 2024

You almost certainly aren’t taking advantage of all of these tactics — if you’ve even heard of them all.

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7 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buying

on December 26, 2023

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

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22 Ways You Should Be Using Vinegar All Over the House

on December 20, 2023

Vinegar is arguably the most versatile product in your house.

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13 Ways To Beat the Rising Cost of Bread

on December 20, 2023

Use these tactics to enjoy wheat without breaking the bank.

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17 Cheap Things To Do in Retirement

on December 20, 2023

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

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13 Things Frugal People Never Do

on December 13, 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 December 12, 2023

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

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6 Ways to Keep a Stellar Credit Score in Retirement (and Why)

on December 1, 2023

Yes, even after you quit working, it actually pays to maintain a strong credit score.

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The Top 8 Sources of Retirement Income, According to Retirees

on November 29, 2023

Despite inflation and the cost of living, 64% are confident they’ll be financially comfortable in retirement.

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12 Ways You Can Get Gift Cards for Free

on November 28, 2023

Get yourself some extra buying power.

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