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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

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.

10 No-Stress Ways to Do More in Less Time

Getting more done doesn't necessarily mean working more. Follow these tips to get more done in less time — and feel great.

5 Beginning Investor Mistakes I've Made (And You Don't Have To)

Get a jumpstart on your investing career by avoiding these common beginner's mistakes.

Never Leave Home Without These 10 Essential Travel Apps

Need a translator, local tour guide, cheap calls or ways to escape the airport faster? There's an app for that.

The 10 Kinds of People Who Get Rich (and How They Do It)

What kind of people get rich? See if you have some of these 10 traits and habits common to the wealthy — and learn how you can start amassing riches.

6 Basics You Must Know Before You Start Investing

Investing seems daunting to beginners, but it doesn't have to be as complicated as it seems. Master these beginners' tricks and you'll be on your way!

How to Accept Criticism and Become an Awesome Person

Sometimes criticism, even if constructive, is tough to take. Here's how to grow a thicker skin so you can learn and grow from those critical comments.

This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired

Don't let your next job interview become another tale about the one that got away. Use this key technique to present the most employable you.