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 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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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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5 Ways to Fill Your Pantry With Free Food

on March 31, 2021

Anyone can take advantage of these resources.

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17 Ways to Dig Yourself Out of a Financial Hole

on March 24, 2021

If you’re drowning in debt, don’t despair.

Save on Every Single Purchase With These Tricks
Save on Every Single Purchase With These Tricks

on February 9, 2021

These simple tactics, great sites for savings and pro-level shopping hacks help squeeze value from your dollars.

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How I Make a Roll of Paper Towels Last All Year

on February 6, 2021

Here are the secrets to extending the life of a roll of paper towels.

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7 Handy Household Uses for Baking Soda

on January 25, 2021

Here are some other overlooked ways to use baking soda.

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6 Ways to Avoid Spending Too Much at Warehouse Stores

on January 23, 2021

Wholesale stores are designed to encourage us to spend money. Here’s how to avoid falling for their tricks of the trade.

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17 Uses for Baby Oil That Will Save You Money

on December 26, 2020

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

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5 Critical Money Moves to Make Before Your 40s Are Over

on December 2, 2020

Even in your 40s, it’s not too late to get finances in order. Put these items at the top of your must-do list.

10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same Salary
10 Ways to Retire Earlier Than Friends on the Same Salary

on November 24, 2020

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

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The Secret to Getting Dollar Store Items for Free

on October 2, 2020

If you know where to look, you can score freebies at the dollar store regularly.

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7 Simple Moves Guaranteed to Make You Richer

on September 28, 2020

People of moderate means really can leverage their dollars to build wealth. Some of the most effective tactics don’t cost a dime.

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Good Looks Boost Earning Power: So, What If You’re Not Beautiful?

on September 1, 2020

Research shows that how we look affects what we earn. However, there are ways to take on this workplace bias.

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