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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 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 purchase carefully could save you some money. Read on to learn about the best time to buy appliances for your home, including refrigerators and air conditioning units. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you can get hit with a penalty for being uninsured for more than three consecutive months. That means that just about everyone – including children – must have health insurance. But not everyone can afford to cover the cost of their healthcare expenses. Families who need help paying for healthcare for their children may qualify for CHIP insurance coverage. Read on to find out what CHIP is and who’s eligible for this kind of health insurance program. 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 business in jeopardy, especially if the cost of processing credit card transactions eats into your profits. Finding the right credit card processing company can take time. If you need help getting started, here’s everything you need to know about choosing a credit card processor. 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 Aug 30, 2017

If you came close to maxing out several credit cards this past holiday season, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll ever be able to pay off all your debt. Paying your credit card bills may take… 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 Apr 14, 2017

Do you ever wish your credit limit was just a little bit higher? If you had a $5,000 credit line instead of a $2,500 limit, you could pay for the shoes you’ve been eyeing for months or take the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 02, 2017

Paying off debt can be an excruciating process, depending on how much money you owe. But your debts may not haunt you forever. Most consumer debts have a statute of limitations. That means that after… 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 Dec 30, 2016

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 Dec 28, 2016

As you shop for health insurance, you’ll have to navigate through an alphabet soup of acronyms like HMO, EPO, PPO and POS. The key to getting the best kind of healthcare coverage for you and your… 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 18, 2018

Interested in getting a new credit card? You could easily apply for any of the cards that pop up in your mailbox every week. But maybe you want a specific kind of card, like a rewards credit card or… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 23, 2016

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 Nov 06, 2018

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 on foreign… 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 Dec 07, 2016

The average American spent more than $800 during the 2015 holiday shopping season, according to the National Retail Federation. Total holiday sales for the year reached $626.1 billion, a 3% increase… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 27, 2018

Frequent flyers often travel around the world at reduced rates or sometimes even for free. When it comes to earning miles and other travel rewards, many of these folks are pros. They know how to find… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 02, 2016

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