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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 May 03, 2016

College costs are on the rise. When calculating the cost of college, it makes sense to include the cost of tuition, books, fees, meals, transportation and room and board. But what you might not consider is the cost of furnishing your college dorm room. If you don’t have a lot of money left to spend on bedding and furniture, check out seven ways to decorate a dorm room on a budget. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 31, 2019

There’s nothing like falling in love and finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. But when it’s time to shop for rings, it’s easy to get discouraged by the price tags. Just how much should you spend on an engagement ring? We’ll dive into the topic and discuss ways to save on the big purchase. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 18, 2019

These days, it can take a long time to pay off a car loan. On average, car loans come with terms lasting for more than five years. Paying down a car loan isn’t that different from paying down a mortgage. In both cases, a large percentage of your initial payments go toward paying interest. If you don’t understand why, you might need a crash course on a concept called amortization. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 02, 2016

We all know it’s important to save money. Saving for retirement and socking away cash for emergencies often involves making sacrifices. The money that you would have spent on a trip to Uruguay or on… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 26, 2016

There are many reasons a home won’t sell. There could be too many sellers in an area and too few people looking to buy houses. Or there could be an issue with the home that needs to be fixed. In some… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 31, 2019

Whether you can’t afford to buy a house right now or you prefer renting to buying, you probably don’t want to spend the majority of your paycheck on rent. Avoiding high rental rates can seem nearly… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 25, 2016

Your net worth is one indication of your financial well-being. It’s the value of your assets after subtracting your liabilities. While you might know what your favorite celebrity is worth, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 21, 2016

Unpaid internships get a bad rap, but legitimate unpaid opportunities that provide college credit can sometimes be as helpful to students as paid internships. Even if they’re happy to make… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2016

Many New Yorkers spend the majority of their salaries on rent. So whether you’re planning to move to the Big Apple or you’ve lived in the city for quite some time, having access to affordable housing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 17, 2019

Ready to buy a house? You might not be comfortable purchasing a home unless certain conditions are met. Maybe you want to wait for the results of a home inspection, or perhaps you need to finalize… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 17, 2018

As a homebuyer, you don’t want anything to jeopardize your chances of closing on the home you’ve selected. Many folks can’t buy homes without applying for a mortgage, and if you need one, it’s… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 20, 2016

Building home equity is important. It’s your financial stake in your house and since it’s considered an asset, you can use your home equity to finance your kid’s college education, remodel your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 21, 2019

Choosing to sell a home can feel like a monumental decision, but millions of Americans do it every year. Because houses are so valuable, of course, it can be tough to go through the process on your… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 26, 2020

If your dream home doesn’t have nearby neighbors, you probably need to buy land, on which you’ll build a house. Once you’ve found the perfect patch, you’ll need to work on securing the land. Many… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Living outside of the country can be a rewarding and eye-opening experience. But it doesn’t automatically exempt you from paying taxes, even if you haven’t set foot on U.S. soil for months. Filing… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 08, 2016

Cash is a must-have if you’re trying to buy a house. And while most Americans need to take out a mortgage loan, some folks can afford to pay for their houses outright. These all-cash buyers might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

If multiple buyers are interested in buying your home, you’re probably feeling pretty good about yourself. All of the hard work you put into cleaning and renovating your house has finally paid off.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 06, 2016

To some people, rent-controlled housing is considered either an urban myth or a remnant of the past. While these gems can be hard to come by, they still exist in a handful of U.S. communities.… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2021

In certain states, you can’t buy or sell a house unless a real estate lawyer is present. So unless you live in a place like Georgia, Vermont, Kentucky or Maine, for example, you might be wondering… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 23, 2019

Renting out your house might be worth considering, especially if you’re ready to relocate and you’re opposed to selling. Picking up a tenant could help you pay off your mortgage more quickly. Then,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 14, 2017

Industry standards say that homebuyers should expect to make at least a 20% down payment. In reality, however, not everyone can afford to do that. Down payment assistance plans and mortgages with… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 19, 2019

Inflation becomes a problem when average prices rise too fast, hurting consumers, businesses and investors. Deflation can wreak havoc on an economy as well. There’s deflation when growth is slow and… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 25, 2019

Setting aside enough money to invest can be difficult. Financial instability can be a huge barrier to entry for aspiring investors and some investment accounts require a minimum deposit of $5,000 or… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 15, 2019

You don’t have to be wealthy to become an investor. On the contrary, there are plenty of ways to invest smaller amounts of money. The key is finding investment opportunities that don’t charge… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 19, 2021

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have healthcare coverage. Unless you don’t have to file taxes or you qualify for an exemption, you’ll likely get stuck paying a penalty called the… Read more