Katy Wolk-Stanley, a.k.a. The Non-Consumer Advocate is a Portland, Oregon based RN and writer who describes herself as a utility bill scholar, library patron, laundry-hanger-upper and teenage boy wrangler. She’s been featured on The Today Show, The NY Times and The National Enquirer.

  • Why you should consider making January a 'no buy' month

      

    January 1st is an opportunity for a clean slate, and for most people that means the traditional New Year's resolution to eat less, exercise more and get organized.  But if...

  • How to get the most out of your gift cards when you're ready to start spending them

      

    If you're like 93% of Americans, you've either given or received a gift card this holiday season. It's no wonder that gift cards have become the go-to gift for those we hold near...

  • Most and least returned gifts of 2016

      

    Face it, gift giving is hard. Sure, there might be a few people on your list who are easy to shop for, but for the most part you're rolling the dice when deciding what...

  • Think you can’t make a living from garbage picking? This Montreal man does!

      

    If you were the type of child who daydreamed about hunting for buried treasure, you're not alone. Many of us assumed we'd have a career where paperwork meant a treasure map, featuring a...

  • 8 money-saving tips for renters

      

    Do you click on money-saving real estate articles only to find that everything is geared toward homeowners? Well then, you're one lucky renter, as every single tip in this article is...

  • 10 ways to practice extreme frugality

      

    If you're a Clark Howard follower, you're probably already employing his advice to comparison shop, cook from scratch and scour the shelves of your local Dollar Tree store. But what if...

  • 7 most common financial regrets

      

    Unless you're a fictional character, you're likely to have a few financial regrets in your life. Hopefully they can be counted on a single hand, and if you're lucky they're long in...

  • 8 work perks that can turn a bad job into a good one

      

    Unless you're self employed, you likely have a few work perks that sweeten your compensation package. For most people it's medical and dental insurance, a retirement plan and maybe a deal...

  • 7 home decor projects for under $20 each

      

    Do you crave a Pinterest-worthy home, yet lack the budget to fill your cart at Michael's or Home Depot?   Worry not, as a beautifully decorated home can be achieved withou a maxed...

  • The #1 thing you can do to save money when you have kids

      

    Unless you live off grid without the influence of media, your children are likely to have favorite characters that steer their wants and needs. Be it Disney's Frozen, Star Wars or Cars, there...

  • How to save money by embracing old technology

      

    If you wanted to research how to save money on your electronics, you'd likely be pointed in the direction of where to buy cheap and on sale — never even addressing the possibility...

  • Keep an eye out for these garage sale items for big savings

      

    Garage sale season is upon us, which can mean either: A) Time to get rid of the excess within your home, or B) Time to take advantage of all the amazing deals you can score from other people's...

  • The best bargains at Dollar Tree

      

    If you have a Dollar Tree store in your area, you likely already know that it's as a great cheap source for movie candy:     As well as pretzels and...

  • 6 bizarre and disgusting things from Goodwill

      

    When you shop at a traditional retailer such as Target or Macy's, you already have a pretty good idea what you're going to find in the store. Clothing? Check. Housewares? Check. Luggage?...

  • 7 unnecessary baby products

      

    Although my college-age sons are long past the baby stage of their lives, I'm continuously aware of baby trends through my day job as a labor and delivery nurse. I see new parents agonizing...