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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10 Things You Should Never Pay Full Price For

on June 23, 2021

Smart shoppers rarely (if ever) pay retail for most of the things they need or want. These items should never be bought without a discount.

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

on June 12, 2021

Vinegar is arguably the most versatile product in your house.

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10 of the Weirdest Things You Can Rent

on June 5, 2021

You might save a bundle by renting some of these surprising items (and people).

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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4 Ways to Slash the Cost of Housecleaning

on July 21, 2020

These simple tips can save you hundreds of dollars — or more — each year.

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7 Ways to Use Old Toothbrushes

on April 14, 2020

Here’s how to get more mileage out of a discarded toothbrush.

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12 Ways to Save Big at Movie Theaters

on January 23, 2020

You can pay less — or maybe nothing at all — to see movies if you use these tactics.

2020 money
Resolutions 2020: Crush Your Debt in 3 Simple Steps

on December 23, 2019

Skip regret and become debt-free in the new year. It takes a little fortitude, but it’s as simple as 1-2-3.

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7 Household Uses for Baking Soda

on December 5, 2019

It keeps the fridge smelling sweet, but there are some incredible and overlooked ways to use baking soda.

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8 Small Changes That Can Transform Your Life

on November 15, 2019

Taking these simple steps can revolutionize your health, home, finances and relationships.

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