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

on June 27, 2022

Vinegar is arguably the most versatile product in your house.

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8 Things You Should Never Store in the Pantry

on June 16, 2022

Improper storage can shorten the shelf life of some foods. Be careful where you keep these.

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6 of the Best Websites for Finding Free Stuff

on June 8, 2022

If it’s free, it’s for you and me. Here are some easy ways to score gratis goodies.

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The Top 8 Sources of Retirement Income, According to Retirees

on May 30, 2022

Despite inflation and the cost of living, 77% are confident they’ll be financially comfortable in retirement.

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7 Movie Theater Chains With Senior Discounts

on May 30, 2022

Once you hit a certain age, you can get discounted movie tickets at theater chains across the country.

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7 Apps I Use to Beat Inflation at the Grocery Store

on May 27, 2022

Are runaway prices killing your food budget? There’s an app for that.

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The Top 8 Retirement Dreams People Look Forward To

on May 26, 2022

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

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13 Ways to Beat the Rising Cost of Bread

on May 25, 2022

Use these tactics to enjoy wheat without breaking the bank.

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

on May 6, 2022

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

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Stop Buying These 9 Overpriced Cleaning Products

on April 28, 2022

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

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

on April 5, 2022

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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10 Cheap Things to Do in Retirement

on March 31, 2022

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

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8 Things You Should Not Do in Retirement

on March 30, 2022

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

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11 Ways to Turn Table Scraps Into Delicious Meals

on March 29, 2022

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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10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same Salary

on March 29, 2022

If you hope to leave the rat race early, these tips can help you reach your goal.

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5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

on March 17, 2022

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

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

on March 9, 2022

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

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9 of the Best Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

on March 7, 2022

Saving may feel impossible, but you can almost always squeeze a few dollars out of even the tightest of budgets.

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The Top 10 Foods for Protecting the Brain as You Age

on March 1, 2022

Want to stay sharp? Eating more of these fruits and vegetables is associated with less cognitive decline.

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9 Things Frugal People Never Do

on February 17, 2022

Everyone approaches frugality a bit differently. However, there are some things frugal people never do.

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