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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

7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers

We love our pets — too much sometimes — and it can cost us plenty. Get smart about caring for Fido and keep him from tearing a hole in your budget.

5 Credit Card Benefits Every College Student Must Have

Students and credit cards can be a recipe for financial disaster. But when used responsibly, a credit card offers students some real benefits.

7 Ways Your Credit Card Benefits Will Save You Money

Read the fine print on your credit card agreement, and you may be surprised at all the ways your account can save you money. Wait! What?

How to Use Credit Cards to Improve Your Credit Score

There's no mystery to building a good credit score, but you do need to follow a few simple rules with your credit cards.

11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping

For responsible cardholders who pay off balances every month, buying with plastic can mean real savings on gifts and much more.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself From Credit Card Data Breaches

Seems like big credit card data heists happen every week. Protect your credit and your identity with some common sense security.

13 Seasonal Dishes for Your Next Fall Feast

When the weather turns cool, bring on the warmth with these delicious and easy fall recipes fit for a crowd — including drinks!

7 Basic Ways to Become Your Own Life Coach

Life coaches can help us make positive changes. If you can't afford the time or money for one, take steps to coach yourself. You can do it!

5 Ways to Detox for Fall Without an Expensive Juice Cleanse

Juice cleanses are all the rage, but they're little more than sugary hype. Save your pennies and feel better for fall with these simple "cleanses."

10 Easy Ways to Burn Almost 1000 Extra Calories Per Day

A handful of easy-to-do lifestyle changes can add up to hundreds of calories avoided or shaved — every day. That's almost two pounds a week!

10 Easy Ways to Work Stretching Into Your Daily Routine

Flexibility is important for fitness, but it's hard to find the time. Add stretches throughout the day to capture some of the benefit.

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.