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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 Oct 27, 2016

Ever wondered how trick-or-treating conditions in your neighborhood stack up against those in other cities? Should your neighbors give out more candy to your kids? Is your area as safe on Halloween night as it is across town? It’s hard to know for sure. That’s why we created a list of the best places to trick-or-treat. We ranked 252 of the largest U.S. cities using seven metrics, including local crime rates, weather and home affordability. Read on to learn what we discovered. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 23, 2019

Meeting deadlines can be tough, especially when you have a lot on your plate. If you won’t have time to file your taxes by April, you don’t have to worry about the IRS coming after you. As long as you apply for a tax extension, you’ll have some extra time to submit your income tax return. Here’s our guide to Form 4868, the tax document you’ll need to file for an automatic extension. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 10, 2016

Elections tend to focus on a number of social and economic concerns. One topic that has come up time and time again over the years is the issue of voter fraud. While some people believe it has the ability to negatively affect elections, others dismiss it as a mere myth. If you’re not sure which side to believe, we’ll explain what voter fraud is and why some say it’s a real problem. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 04, 2016

Living with a roommate in college can be tough. And if you thought those days ended when you graduated, think again. As rental prices rise at an alarming rate, renters in some cities are forced into… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 06, 2017

Most people across the country observe daylight saving time each spring by setting their clocks forward. In exchange for losing an hour of sleep, we get to enjoy an extra hour of sunlight. Americans… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 12, 2019

Many families who can’t afford to cover the cost of a child’s college education rely on student loans and financial aid to fill in the gaps. Students who want any sort of financial assistance from… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 29, 2016

What happens on Wall Street has a major influence on the U.S. economy and financial systems around the world. So in order to become a part of this exclusive group of investors, bankers and financial… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 28, 2016

Hurricane season begins May 15 in the East Pacific Ocean and June 1 in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and the Central Pacific Oceans. But the season typically reaches its peak between mid-August and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 27, 2016

Don’t sleep on minor league baseball. Even some of the worst teams in the league manage to attract thousands of fans each season. Besides being able to find super-cheap tickets, the folks who attend… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2016

If you’re into fashion, you probably pay close attention to the fall Fashion Week events in New York City, Paris, London and Milan. Many people drool over the designs they see on the runway but not… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 07, 2016

Entering the nursing field might not be a bad idea. The average growth rate for all jobs is 7%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But growth for nursing jobs is expected to be a lot faster… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 19, 2016

The monthly jobs reports (also known as the Employment Situation Surveys) offer insight into what’s happening in the economy. Investors, economists, employers and consumers use the information in… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

Maintaining a good credit score isn’t always easy. Maxing out credit cards, making late payments and failing to pay off your student loan debt are just a few moves that can hurt your credit. Even… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 13, 2016

Convincing politicians on both sides of the aisle to agree on anything can be a daunting task. Conservatives and liberals have opposing viewpoints on everything from immigration to healthcare and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 13, 2016

A college town can be a fun place to live even as an older adult. There are often endless activities to participate in from football and hockey games to concerts and cultural events. And since the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 19, 2019

Donald Trump recently unveiled his tax reform plan for the country and announced that he wants to get rid of the estate tax by 2024. While the prospect of paying fewer taxes probably excites you, the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

The average cost of a wedding is now well over $30,000. Coming up with enough cash to pay for the reception, the dress and the food can be difficult for brides and grooms. Wedding guests can also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Sin taxes are meant to dissuade people from participating in activities considered harmful to their health and well-being. Places around the country tax consumers for buying things like tobacco and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 31, 2016

Deciding where to teach isn’t always easy. Besides considering school quality and culture, teachers looking for jobs in any given area have to think about whether they’ll be able to afford to live… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 23, 2019

What would you do with a million dollars? Would you immediately pay off your student loans and your credit card debt? Or would you take that trip you’ve been planning for years? These days, becoming… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 29, 2016

Losing your job isn’t the end of the world. But getting laid off can leave you in a sticky financial situation, especially if you never got around to creating an emergency fund. When you don’t have… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 24, 2016

Preparing to move to Chicago? Although it’s known as the “Second City,” Chicago is currently the third largest city in the United States. Renters make up a large percentage of the population and if… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

Consumers are expected to spend $75.8 billion in 2016 while preparing for their kids to go back to grade school and college, according to the National Retail Federation. Even if you’re prepared to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 14, 2018

Which state capitals have the highest standard of living? For many people, the answer to that question is a matter of opinion that depends on what’s most important to them. If you can’t decide… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 14, 2018

The average in-state student attending a four-year public institution paid $24,061 during the 2015-2016 school year, according to College Board. Books and supplies alone cost $1,298, on average.… Read more