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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 Dec 10, 2019

If you’re planning on using a tax break to minimize your tax bite, keep in mind that deductions come in different shapes and sizes. There’s the standard deduction that any taxpayer can claim every tax year just for filing taxes. And there are itemized deductions that you can write off instead of taking the standard deduction. There are also above-the-line deductions. Here’s everything you need to know about above-the-line deductions, including how they work and who can take advantage of them. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 05, 2017

Vacation home prices have skyrocketed in recent years, causing home sales to fall. According to a report from the National Association of Realtors, vacation home sales declined by 18.5% between 2014 and 2015. Buying a second home by the beach has become impossible for many Americans, including millennials and others who can barely afford to buy their first homes. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 11, 2019

Paying taxes is a fact of life for most Americans. Whether you work for a business from 9 to 5 or you’re self-employed, you’re expected to turn over a portion of your pay to Uncle Sam. There are many different kinds of income, but not all of them can be taxed. Read on for an explanation of what taxable income is and a rundown of what’s taxable and what’s not. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 07, 2018

Appliances are usually major purchases. After all, replacing a broken stove or freezer probably won’t be cheap. While you could shop for new appliances during any month of the year, timing your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 26, 2019

Having to face healthcare expenses without insurance coverage is impossible for most families. Families who need help paying for healthcare for their children may qualify for CHIP insurance coverage.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 21, 2017

Running a small business isn’t easy. In fact, it’s a risky undertaking – especially from a financial perspective. Even allowing your customers to make purchases using credit cards can put your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2017

Not all students can cover the cost of their college education with the grants or scholarships in their financial aid packages. Some begin their college careers by taking out student loans, while… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 12, 2017

Consumers across the country are burdened by credit card debt. A recent report from ValuePenguin found that 38% of U.S. households have credit card debt that they need to pay off. Among households… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 03, 2017

Credit cards come in many different flavors. There are secured credit cards that you can use to build credit and rewards credit cards that allow you to earn miles, points or cash back. There are also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 24, 2019

The open enrollment period began on November 1 and runs through January 31, 2017. If you haven’t already done it, now’s a good time to think about your health insurance and decide whether you should… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 13, 2020

A preferred provider organization (commonly referred to as a PPO) is one of many types of health insurance options available. A distinguishing feature of a PPO is the ability to see doctors as you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 26, 2016

Buying a home isn’t something you should do on a whim. After all, homebuyers have to make a lot of decisions. Besides choosing a location and deciding how much you’re willing to pay, you’ll need to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2022

Applying and getting approved for a credit card can be done in minutes but receiving a physical card in the mail typically takes 3 – 10 days. Some credit card issuers will offer instant use of your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 24, 2019

Picking a health insurance plan for the first time can be quite challenging. There are many different kinds of plans to choose from. And you may need to have coverage from multiple insurers in order… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 25, 2022

If you’re planning to go abroad soon, you’ll need to have access to foreign currency. While you could make all your purchases with a credit or debit card, you run the risk of wasting too much money… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 20, 2016

The U.S. economy isn’t exactly booming. While the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2007, the economy is still growing at a relatively slow pace. Some places, however, are better… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 12, 2017

One way to raise your credit score is to pay your credit card bill in full every month. Of course, not everyone can do this and depending on your financial situation you may have to carry a balance… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Traveling outside of the country doesn’t have to be expensive. There are ways to save on everything from plane tickets and food to hotel accommodations. One easy way to cut costs when you’re abroad… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 31, 2020

Timing is everything and when it comes to buying a car, that saying couldn’t be more true. Negotiating and haggling with car salesmen can reduce the price of what you have to pay for a new whip. But… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 09, 2018

If you’re dying to move out west but you can’t afford to live in Seattle or San Francisco, you might want to consider moving to Denver. Located just east of the Rocky Mountains, the Mile-High City… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 29, 2016

Not all ski resorts shut down when the winter season ends. Quite a few stay open throughout the year, giving tourists something to do in the summer months and nearby communities a much-needed… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 12, 2017

All debts aren’t created equal. Many scoring models, including the FICO® scoring model and the VantageScore, distinguish between two types of debt when calculating your credit score. In other words,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 28, 2016

When the U.S. government shuts down, federal agencies lose access to the funding they need to perform different functions. This affects people across the country. National parks and museums close.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in America has plummeted. Now that folks can be charged a penalty for not having insurance, only 8.6% don’t have healthcare coverage. While the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 22, 2022

When do you pay off your credit card bill? Some people pay their full balances every month by the due date listed on their credit card statements. Others carry a balance from month to month but make… Read more