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Christa Avampato

Christa is a writer, teacher, and business owner based in New York City. She is the Founder of Chasing Down the Muse and Compass Yoga. Learn more about her work at http://christainnewyork.com and http://chasingdownthemuse.com.

Latest articles by Christa Avampato

Are You Eating the 10 Most Over-Priced Restaurant Menu Items?

It's no secret that dining out costs more than dining in. A Wise Bread writer runs the numbers on her local grubberies and to find out how much more.

10 Things All Successful Freelancers Do

Making it as a freelancer is not easy — but it's not out of reach, either. Here's how successful freelancers spend their time.

7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought

Save money and keep your pets healthy and happy with pet gear you make at home for cheaper.

The 10 Things You Need to Do If You Want to Quit Your Job

Americans today change jobs about every five years, and the right way to jump ship is an important career skill. Here's how to make your next move.

5 Ways That Negativity Can Help You

Turns out, a bad attitude can lead to some positive outcomes. Turn that smile upside down and glower your way to a better, more fulfilling life.

4 Ways Stores Trick Us Into Impulse Buys (And How to Resist)

Retailers go to a lot of effort to make your purchases effortless. Watch out for these ploys designed to get you to buy more than you need.

6 Personal Finance Books You Should Read

If you're looking to deepen your personal finance knowledge, you'll profit by reading any of these six in depth and clearly written books.

Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers

Science says you really need a vacation, but your budget says no way. What to do? Bring rest and relaxation home on the cheap!

Do This One Thing Every Day to Defeat Out-of-Control Spending

If you're worried about how much you're spending, keep your wallet in check with this simple daily task that has profound long-term effects.

You Might Be Breathing Wrong — Here's What You Should Do Instead

Many of us take breathing for granted and miss some of its benefits. Learn how to breathe right to feel less stressed and more energized.

7 Surprising Cooking Hacks That Save Time

Who wants to spend all day or evening in the kitchen? Cook faster and smarter with these seven clever tricks.

5 Awesome Cooking Tricks for Single People

Cooking for one can be a drag (leftovers AGAIN?), but it doesn't have to be with these simple cooking tricks.

5 Amazing Online Cooking Shows That Teach You All the Skills You Need

Looking to hone your cooking skills? These lively and informative shows will transform your cookery from stale toast to devil's food cake.

Science Proves It: You NEED to Take a Vacation

If the boss balks at your plan to take two weeks off, show him this. Brain science says you'll return more energized and productive than ever!

The New Best Reason to Sign up for Amazon Prime: HBO Shows!

Get your TV on! Amazon Prime members will soon be able to stream a variety of HBO shows, movies, and series at no additional cost.

The 5 Hardest-to-Kill Houseplants

No matter how black your thumb, these hardy indoor growers will keep green whatever the level of inattention and neglect you care to give them.

10 Surprising Benefits Of: A 10 Minute Walk

Got 15 minutes to spare? Spend five minutes reading this, and then take a walk to clear your mind and get these nine other health benefits.

6 Things You Can Do to Help an Unemployed Friend Find a Job

It can be hard to watch a friend struggle through a job search. Show them you care (and help them along the way) with these suggestions.

Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike

Prime is being raised by $20. Learn how to get it at a discount (or free!) and why it is still worth it.

10 Ways to Get Stronger Bones Without Eating Dairy

Maybe you're avoiding dairy because of the fat or lactose or veganism. Keep your bones fit and strong with these non-dairy bone boosters.