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Tara Struyk

 I'm a freelance blogger, writer and editor who discovered finance just early enough to avoid getting into major money trouble. Now I'm seeking the path toward financial freedom - and writing about it as I go.  

Latest articles by Tara Struyk

5 Signs Someone's Being Fake

Nobody wants to get duped, whether by someone we know or someone we don't. Learn to recognize these tell tale signs of a phony.

10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise

You know exercise is good for physical fitness, but it's good for so much else. Get moving and start reaping the benefits!

5 Bodily Fluids You Can Exchange for Cash

If you're fit and healthy and don't mind some hassle and probing questions, you can earn extra income selling little vials of medical grade you.

12 Money-Saving Tricks You Can Learn From Hipsters

You know why Hipsters ride fixies? One gear is cheaper than 10. That and more frugal lessons from the latest edition of youth counter-culture.

5 Things People Who Are Good With Money Never Say

If you want to get better at managing your money, watch what you say.

5 Voices to Tune Out When Managing Your Finances

Money is complicated and advice is often welcome. Just know that much of the money advice you hear may actually cost you. A lot.

This One Ratio Is the Key to a Good Credit Score

Understanding this key credit scoring ratio may be the secret to unlocking a higher credit score. The math is simple, and so is the strategy.

10 Quick Ways to Become More Hygienic

Guess what? Good hygiene means good health as well as good cleanliness. Clean up your act, inside and out.

6 Warning Signs That You Need to Stop Using Your Credit Cards

Consumer credit is a wonderful convenience. It can also be a terrible burden. Learn to identify the signs of a burdensome credit relationship.

10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck

It's easy to buy a lot of calories for little (just eat junk food). Guess what? It's also easy to buy a lot of nutrition for a little money.

The 6 Most Surprisingly Unhealthy Beverages

Six reasons a cool glass of water is always the right choice when you're thirsty (and it's probably cheaper than these unhealthful beverages, too).

12 Places to Keep Your Money Safe — And Growing

Sure, you could stuff your money into a mattress, but these 12 savings vehicles keep your money safe and they help it grow a little.

11 Food Additives You're Probably Eating Every Day (and What They Do)

It's almost impossible to avoid these 11 food additives in a modern, processed-food diet. Learn what else is in your food besides food.

Does Your House Suck? Here's How to Sell It Anyway

It's easy to sell the best house on the block — clean it up, stage it, and list it. This is how you sell the worst.

Hate Budgeting? How a Percentage-Based Budget Might Work for You

When it comes to budgeting, play the percentages to find a spending plan that works for you, whatever your situation.

STOP! 10 Work Email Mistakes You May Be Making

Email has transformed how we work. That is, it has if you can avoid making any of these dumb email mistakes.

Dads Who Do Dishes Raise Ambitious Daughters (and 4 Other Ways Any Parent Can Help Their Kid Succeed)

A recent study found that daughters of fathers who help with household chores are more ambitious. Try more ways to encourage children to aim high.

14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight

Been dieting and exercising but still can't shed the fat? One of these dumb things might be keeping the weight on.

10 Reasons Why Bank Vaults Are Much More Interesting Than You Thought

Learn about KFC's secret chicken vault and other fascinating facts about the world's most secure rooms.

5 Painless Ways to Manage Money With Your Partner

A partnership is all about not going it alone — even when it comes to money. For a happier union, include your partner in the planning with these suggestions.