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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 Feb 27, 2017

Looking for a new job can seem like a job in itself. And after a while, the expenses associated with finding a new gig start to add up. Even if you put effort into writing a resume and going on interviews, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to lock down the position that you want. But at the very least, some of your job hunting expenses may be deductible. Let’s take a look at some of the costs that you may be able to write off on your income tax return. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 26, 2017

Few tax breaks have been more controversial than the mortgage interest deduction. Proponents of the tax benefit contend that it encourages Americans to buy homes. Opponents, on the other hand, argue that it reduces tax revenue and leaves lower-income individuals at a disadvantage. For the second year in a row, SmartAsset assessed how the mortgage interest deduction and the property tax deduction could affect homeowners across the country during tax season. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

Twenty six is a magical age under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Until they turn 26, young adults are allowed to remain covered by their parents’ health insurance plans. If your 26th birthday is right around the corner you may have a lot of questions, especially if you’ve never had to purchase your own insurance before. Not sure when to get health insurance? We’ll tell you when to begin shopping around for a plan. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 29, 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… 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… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 14, 2017

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… 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 May 03, 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 Apr 17, 2019

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 17, 2019

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 20, 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