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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 Jan 19, 2022

If you were unhappy with last year’s income tax bill, there are several ways to reduce your overall 2021 tax burden before the April 18, 2022, filing deadline arrives. You can try to qualify for as many tax deductions and exemptions as possible. Or, you can find out if you’re eligible to receive a tax credit. Taxpayers often work with a financial advisor to guide them through claiming different types of credits. Let’s take a look at the credits that you could be eligible for and how they work. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Rental housing prices are now sky high and rental payments easily take the biggest chunk out of workers’ paychecks. And in certain areas, like Oakland and New York City, more than 70% of the median household income goes toward rent. Renters often get stuck with whatever prices they’re offered. Sometimes, however, it’s possible to talk landlords into lowering rental rates. Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 18, 2018

Bouncing back from a holiday shopping spree can take time. While you’re working hard to get all of your financial ducks in a row, you don’t have to stay cooped up in the house for the remainder of the season. There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself during the winter. We’ve got 13 fun activities that won’t wreck your finances or derail your budget. Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 10, 2015

You could marry the love of your life when the temperature rises above 70 degrees. Or you could plan to say your vows in the dead of winter. If you’re a fan of sunshine and warm weather, you might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Since their debut during the Great Depression, layaway plans have allowed Americans to make large purchases without having to pay for them right away. While a layaway program can be a good… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jun 24, 2019

While weddings can be magical and exciting for everyone involved, they can also be incredibly expensive. Even if you’ve spent years saving up for your special day, the rapidly mounting costs might… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 19, 2016

Credit scores are pretty mysterious. Your score can change overnight and vary by credit bureau. While there’s no secret formula to obtaining a perfect credit score, there are certain actions you can… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jul 09, 2018

Putting a house on the market can be just as stressful as going through the process of buying a home. You probably want to sell your home quickly, and at the highest possible price. Sellers often… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 02, 2018

Whether you’ve been filing taxes for years or this season will be the first time you’re submitting your own tax return, there might be some tax-related concepts that you tend to mix up. It can happen… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 20, 2022

It’s amazing how many things can go wrong when you’re trying to buy a home. First, you might struggle to get preapproved for a mortgage or to pay for a down payment. And then when you’re nearing the… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Feb 01, 2017

Identity thieves and hackers seem to show very little mercy these days. Anyone can become a target and have their personal information stolen and used illegally. That goes for minors, too. As a… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 12, 2017

Research and recent articles have brought to light a phenomenon known as the pink tax. Evidence shows that certain products designed for women have higher prices than the same products marketed… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 08, 2020

Not all of us are making as much money as we’d like to be making. Whether you’re fresh out of college or you’re trying to support a family, you might be thinking that life would be a little easier if… Read more

by Amanda Dixon May 21, 2018

Your credit limit is the maximum amount of money you can charge to a credit card. That number might be $1,000 or $5,000 or more, depending on your credit history and your card provider. With a higher… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 13, 2019

Investing in a timeshare can be a big commitment. On the plus side, you’re guaranteed a place to stay when you go on vacation every year and you might save some money in the process. On the other… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

Open enrollment begins soon and many Americans will have a chance to make adjustments to their healthcare plans. But let’s face it – it could be tough to choose the best coverage if you don’t… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Aug 01, 2019

People tend to celebrate when gas prices and food costs drop. Who doesn’t love having more money to spend? Having a little extra cash in your pocket can certainly feel like a blessing, especially if… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 11, 2015

There comes a time when businesses decide to take the plunge and go from being privately-held companies to public ones. This move gives business owners the opportunity to sell stocks to the general… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Nov 07, 2017

Many Americans use debit cards to pay for food, clothing and everything else under the sun. Research suggests that millennials in particular prefer debit cards over credit cards and more than a third… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Jan 12, 2016

Investors sometimes see the prices of their securities rise one day and fall the next. At times, however, it might seem as though there’s a pattern as the value of certain securities moves… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Sep 28, 2015

There are certain phrases that we come into contact with on a regular basis. Even though other people use them all the time, we don’t actually understand what they mean and we’ve never taken the time… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Apr 10, 2018

Anyone who runs a small business probably knows that managing company finances is not always easy.  Keeping track of the money that’s flowing in and out can be challenging and time consuming,… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Dec 19, 2016

Your credit score can affect everything from whether you can buy a home to whether you can refinance your student loans. Maybe your score is low because you’ve recently applied for multiple credit… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 26, 2018

Whether you’re planning to leave the U.S. for a wedding in Italy or you want to try your luck at investing in a foreign market, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of exchange rates. They… Read more

by Amanda Dixon Mar 31, 2016

As much as you wish it would, your student loan debt isn’t going to magically disappear. Counting on student loan forgiveness might not work, especially if you can’t afford to make 120 on-time… Read more