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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 and

Latest articles by Christa Avampato

7 Best World Cities for Cheap Eats

Pack a bag! These food-lovers' meccas will satisfy the itch to travel and try new cuisine — all without breaking the bank.

7 Generic Wellness Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals

It's not the name on the bottle that matters with health and wellness buys, it's the stuff in the bottle. Stop paying more for brand names!

7 Generic Home Goods Buys Better Than the Expensive Originals

Skip the fancy brand name. For these seven household items, generic does the best job — at the better price.

7 Great Sources of Financial Aid for Switching Careers

Higher education doesn't have to be out of reach. With these grants, scholarships, and fellowships, you can afford to train for a brighter future.

7 Money Software Tools Worth the Price

It's time to spring clean your finances. There are plenty of free tools to help you do it, but several paid apps and programs are worth a look, too.

The 7 Best Affordable Cities to Start a Family

The big city life doesn't have to be a pipe dream. For new or young families, these hopping metros offer everything you want — at an affordable cost.

4 Green Home Rebates That Save You Big in 2015

Save some green by going green! Bring the outdoors in with these eco-friendly home renovations that also earn you some tax credits.

8 Ways to Get Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

A college education leaves many of us in debt. Loan forgiveness programs may be able to help — find out if you're eligible for one.

5 Easy Ways to Start Green Investing

Nurture your financials and Mother Earth at the same time with five eco-friendly investments that do well for you and the planet.

7 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves — And You Should, Too

Warren Buffett famously takes the long view, investing in firms expected to grow for decades. Are you buying and holding these Buffett picks, too?

7 Surprising Tax Deductions You Might Miss

April 15th is just around the corner! If you haven't filed already or are prepping for next year, don't overlook these tax deductions — they just may surprise you!

6 European Destinations Finally Cheap Enough to Visit

A strong dollar means cheaper imports — and cheaper international travel. Make this summer the summer you finally visit Europe!

7 Foods That Are Actually Better Buys at a Restaurant

Dining out is not great for budgets or waistlines. But for certain dishes and ingredients, the restaurant is often your best — or only — choice.

8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors

These affordable cities are perfect for nature lovers who live to mix their urban adventures with their outdoor escapes. Get out there!

Don't Miss These 7 Great Tax Deductions for Parents and Caretakers

Being a caregiver requires investments of time, emotion — and money. Don't miss these seven deductions for parents or caretakers this tax season.

7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Sex Drive

Yes, food can be sexy — especially these seven treats proven to help boost your sex drive. Try some!

7 Ways to Max Out Your IRA Contributions by April 15th

Tax day is fast approaching. Try one of these smart ways to save up cash over the next month, and max out your personal IRA contribution; it's a deduction!

7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful

Good nutrition is not just healthy — it's beautiful. Eat these seven foods and give yourself gorgeous hair, skin, and nails.

12 Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Had

The credit card market is competitive, pushing purveyors of plastic payment to provide a plethora of perks. It pays to peruse your fine print!

7 Spring Break Destinations That Won't Break the Bank

Warm up after this year's grueling winter with a weekend — or a week — in one of these fun and frugal places.