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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 23, 2016

Theme parks are expensive. Entering a place like Disney World will cost you around $100 per person, plus tax. Once you’re in the park, you’ll likely pay a premium for snacks and drinks. But amusement park trips don’t automatically have to cost you hundreds of dollars, particularly if you make an effort to find ways to save. Here are seven tips that can make your next trip more affordable. 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 your target asset allocation and the kinds of returns you want to see. If you’ve never heard of dollar-cost averaging, we’ll review how this investing technique works. 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 21.3 million renters were cost burdened in 2014. In other words, 46% of U.S. renters spent more than 30% of their income on housing-related expenses that year. And some are spending even more. 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

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… 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… 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… 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