Amy Livingston

Amy Livingston

I write and edit academic, creative, and informational texts for all audiences. My specialty is making complex ideas understandable to the average reader.

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10 DIY Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget - Tips & Techniques

Once you see some of the great rooms other people have put together on shoestring budgets, you’ll realize that you can do the same.

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How to Get Help With Heating Costs Through LIHEAP

Wondering if you qualify for assistance to heat or cool your home? Learn more about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to see if you may qualify.

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Principles & Problems of Freeganism

Freegans are people who live entirely outside the economic system, sharing and borrowing rather than buying and selling. But for many people, their lifestyle raises concerns about health and ethics.

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Best Hair Dryers - Top 4 Hair Dryer Reviews

You can spend as little as $10 on a hair dryer, or more than $300. Whatever your budget or needs, one of these four top-rated hair dryers is sure to please.

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How Do Payday Loans Work? Dangers & Payday Loan Alternatives

Even when you absolutely need some extra cash to make it through the month, there’s almost always a better way of getting it than turning to a payday loan shark.

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Best CD Player

It's possible to spend as much on a luxury CD player as you would on a new car, but it's absolutely unnecessary. We found $300-and-up CD players to satisfy even the pickiest audiophile, and very good CD players for as little as $150.

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Best Batteries

The modern world runs on batteries. We consult professional tests and user reviews to see which ones offer the most power, longevity, and storage life.

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How to Make the Most of Your Leftover Food

There’s no point in spending your hard-earned money on food just to throw it away. If you often find yourself discarding leftovers and food scraps, these recipes and tips can help.

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4 Air Conditioning Alternatives to Stay Cool This Summer

Skipping air conditioning can save you a bundle on summer energy costs - and make a big dent in your household’s carbon footprint as well.

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Best Snoring Remedies - Reviews - 2016

Are there any snoring remedies that really work? Most are just snake oil, doctors say, but there are a few that can truly help.

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Sound Bar Reviews - Best Sound Bar 2016

Sound bars provide better sound for home theaters than you'll find built into any HDTV, and without the clutter of satellite speakers. But will you be satisfied with the compromises even the best sound bars ask of their owners?

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Best Way to Pay Off Debt – Snowball vs. Avalanche vs. Snowflaking

Should you pay off your smallest debt first to give yourself some momentum, or start with your highest-interest debt to save the most money overall? The answer depends on your personality.

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7 Safest Investments for Your Money

For short-term savings such as your emergency fund or personal savings, you need an account that keeps your money safe until you need it – while also bringing in a little interest to add to it.

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Ultimate Foraging Guide - Edible Wild Plants

There's nothing like the thrill of finding and gathering your own food in the wild...but you have to know what you're doing to protect yourself and the environment.

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Best Table Saw - Reviews - 2016

Whether you're a novice home woodworker or an expert looking for professional-grade equipment, there's a table saw to fit your budget and skill set.