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Amanda Dixon

Banking and Tax Expert

Amanda Dixon is a personal finance writer and editor with an expertise in taxes and banking. She studied journalism and sociology at the University of Georgia. Her work has been featured in Business Insider, AOL, Bankrate, The Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Mashable and CBS News. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn.

Posts by Amanda Dixon:

by Amanda Dixon Jun 24, 2019

While weddings can be magical and exciting for everyone involved, they can also be incredibly expensive. Even if you’ve spent years saving up for your special day, the rapidly mounting costs might even have you considering a loan to finance your nuptials. Planning to say “I do” in the near future? Let’s look at a breakdown of wedding costs so you know what to expect – and don’t have to resort to taking out a loan to finance your special night. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 19, 2016

Credit scores are pretty mysterious. Your score can change overnight and vary by credit bureau. While there’s no secret formula to obtaining a perfect credit score, there are certain actions you can take to give it a boost. On the other hand, there are some moves that actually won’t help your score at all. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 27, 2015

From the moment they’re born, startups face a number of challenges. Having an innovative idea that fills a void is one thing. Turning that concept into a viable business is a different story. At some point, every entrepreneur will have to grapple with the issue of scalability, or the ability to grow and expand while keeping costs at a manageable level. If you’re trying to figure out how to make your company more scalable, here are seven tips. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

If you got carried away with your holiday shopping in your eagerness to find great gifts for family and friends, you might have to suffer the consequences when January arrives and you look at your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Putting a house on the market can be just as stressful as going through the process of buying a home. You probably want to sell your home quickly, and at the highest possible price. Sellers often… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

While many states offer financial aid to students with strong academic records, eight of them have college scholarships funded primarily through their state lotteries. The majority of these programs… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 24, 2018

The government recently announced that there will be no cost of living adjustment for Social Security in 2016 due to falling gas prices. This is the third 0% COLA increase in the last 40 years, but… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2018

Whether you’ve been filing taxes for years or this season will be the first time you’re submitting your own tax return, there might be some tax-related concepts that you tend to mix up. It can happen… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

It’s amazing how many things can go wrong when you’re trying to buy a home. First, you might struggle to get preapproved for a mortgage or to pay for a down payment. And then when you’re nearing the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Identity thieves and hackers seem to show very little mercy these days. Anyone can become a target and have their personal information stolen and used illegally. That goes for minors, too. As a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 09, 2015

Keeping a car running can take a major toll on your finances. During the winter in particular, you can easily overspend if you haven’t made an effort to ensure that your car is ready to run properly… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2015

Programs such as VA business loans and VA home loans help veterans prosper after serving in the Armed Forces. And each year, we pay tribute to these men and women on Veterans Day. In addition to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 12, 2017

Research and recent articles have brought to light a phenomenon known as the pink tax. Evidence shows that certain products designed for women have higher prices than the same products marketed… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

Not all of us are making as much money as we’d like to be making. Whether you’re fresh out of college or you’re trying to support a family, you might be thinking that life would be a little easier if… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Your credit limit is the maximum amount of money you can charge to a credit card. That number might be $1,000 or $5,000 or more, depending on your credit history and your card provider. With a higher… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 27, 2015

If you’re a homeowner, it’s important to make sure your house is ready for the winter season. The hot weather has come and gone, but you’ll want to remain nice and warm as the chilly air sets in.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Student loans have to be paid off at some point. To go about repaying that debt, you have plenty of options. Refinancing your loans so they’re more affordable might work and consolidating them can… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 13, 2019

Investing in a timeshare can be a big commitment. On the plus side, you’re guaranteed a place to stay when you go on vacation every year and you might save some money in the process. On the other… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 24, 2019

Every year, 5 to 20% of the population gets the flu. The virus usually takes hold during the fall and winter months and can peak between November and March. If you haven’t already done so, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 22, 2015

They say your thoughts and intentions can influence your future. Many studies have found a correlation between positive thinking and improved health and well-being. Similarly, your mindset can have… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 20, 2015

Before we know it, it’ll be wintertime again. That means you’ll need to dust off your old coat, find your thickest pairs of socks and pull out your favorite scarves. If you’re in need of some brand… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

Open enrollment begins soon and many Americans will have a chance to make adjustments to their healthcare plans. But let’s face it – it could be tough to choose the best coverage if you don’t… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

People tend to celebrate when gas prices and food costs drop. Who doesn’t love having more money to spend? Having a little extra cash in your pocket can certainly feel like a blessing, especially if… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 11, 2015

There comes a time when businesses decide to take the plunge and go from being privately-held companies to public ones. This move gives business owners the opportunity to sell stocks to the general… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 09, 2015

Chances are your fall calendar is already full of important dates that you’ve circled, highlighted or marked with a sticky note. You jotted in the day that your mortgage bill is due, your aunt’s… Read more