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 DonnaFreedman.com.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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