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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 Jul 19, 2016

On average, in-state students who attended public four-year institutions spent $9,410 during the 2015-2016 school year on tuition and fees, according to the College Board. After accounting for room and board, that total rose to $19,548. For many students, attending a community college for two years and then transferring to a university is a much more affordable option. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 13, 2019

When you buy life insurance, you essentially provide your loved ones with a safety net. If something happens to you, your family members can use your insurance benefits to cover bills and meet other financial needs. Life insurance policies generally fall into two categories: whole life and term life policies. You also have the option of building something known as a life insurance ladder. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 10, 2018

Owning a home is usually considered part of living the American Dream. But becoming a homeowner is neither easy nor affordable for everyone. Even if you manage to make the leap to homeownership, having a house of your own could seem burdensome if you’re stuck with high property taxes and insurance costs. Moreover, as a homeowner, many factors that affect the real estate market – including interest rates and the economy – are entirely out of your control. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 07, 2016

Finding an apartment in the middle of the summer can be tough. There’s bound to be a lot of competition for rental units, and you might have to go the extra mile to impress a potential landlord. If… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 19, 2017

Historically, the housing market isn’t nearly as volatile as the stock market is. But housing bubbles eventually burst and as we’ve seen in recent years, recovering from a housing crisis can take… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 29, 2016

Not everyone can afford to travel. Depending on where you want to go, traveling to a distant land or a tropical beach might require you to cut back on how much you are putting toward savings or even… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 14, 2017

While there are county fairs and events that take place throughout the year, many folks look forward to attending their annual state fairs. Each one offers something unique, whether it’s a contest… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Oct 31, 2019

A silent partner is an individual who provides capital to a business partnership. This person generally doesn’t engage in the day-to-day operations of the business, which is why the term is also… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2016

Not everyone has the skill set or the drive needed to start a business from the ground up. But even if you can’t launch a startup, you can still reap some of the benefits that entrepreneurs enjoy.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 02, 2016

There are many different ways to raise capital for a new startup or small business. As you explore your financing options, don’t forget that there are programs out there that offer grants to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

When you’re planning to start your own business, one of the things you’ll have to consider is how your new company will be structured. Will it function as a limited liability company or a corporation… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 03, 2018

We all love to eat. But have you ever taken the time to think about how much of your income is going toward groceries? While there’s nothing like sinking your teeth into a delicious dish, some of the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 06, 2018

The Panama Papers leak was a global scandal. In one of the biggest data leaks in history, millions of documents revealed that banks, political leaders and wealthy individuals had allegedly hidden… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 19, 2016

There’s more than one way to invest. Besides choosing a vehicle to put your money into, you’ll need to pick an investing strategy. The one that you select will depend on various factors, including… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 19, 2016

With rents rising steadily across the country, in many cases renting is no longer an affordable alternative to homebuying. Recent data from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies reported that 21… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 08, 2021

Whether you’re planning to open a shop that makes the best coffee or you want to sell eco-friendly office supplies, you’ll need to explain why your business is necessary and how it’ll differ from its… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 20, 2018

Big-city living comes with quite a few perks. Grocery stores and shopping centers are often in walking distance and there are usually plenty of restaurants, bars and activities close by. But when you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2017

Back in the day, if you needed a personal loan to start a business or finance a wedding you had to go through a bank. But in recent years, a new option has appeared and transformed the lending… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2017

Buying plane tickets can be hectic, particularly if you’re on a tight budget. Booking a flight eight months in advance might not be possible. So you might have to go the distance to find a cheap… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 25, 2018

Picking the right business partner is crucial. If you choose the wrong person, your company could fail before it’s had a chance to take off. On the other hand, if you can find someone who’s… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2019

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average monthly residential electric bill for Americans was $111.67 in 2017 – the latest year the organization has data for. However,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 05, 2018

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start mapping out everything you want to do while the weather is warm. Whether you’re planning to host a Fourth of July cookout or you… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

If you’re a homeowner and you’ve begun the process of paying off your mortgage, you’re dealing with something called mortgage amortization. Amortization is the act of eliminating debt by making… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 11, 2018

The sad thing about cars is that like boats and diamond rings, they’re depreciating assets. As soon as you drive yours off the lot, it immediately begins losing value. Some people are lucky enough to… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Homeowners who have enough equity in their homes can take on second mortgages. Getting a second mortgage can be beneficial to someone who might need to use the money to pay off outstanding debts or… Read more