Katy Wolk-Stanley

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.

Putting the Dollar Tree cleaner ‘LA’s Totally Awesome’ to the test!
Putting the Dollar Tree cleaner ‘LA’s Totally Awesome’ to the test! Life June 4, 2017
If you have a home to clean, you likely already have your favorite brands. Maybe it's Shout to pre-treat your laundry, Pine…
Save big bucks when you pay by the pound at a Goodwill Outlet!
Save big bucks when you pay by the pound at a Goodwill Outlet! Shopping & Retail May 18, 2017
You may have started to incorporate thrift stores into your shopping routine as part of a plan to minimize spending, and to that…
9 ways to keep costs down at home while you’re away on vacation
9 ways to keep costs down at home while you’re away on vacation Money & Credit May 2, 2017
When the subject of frugal vacationing comes up, the focus is understandably on the cost of the actual vacation. You know, the airfare,…
How to save money by adding unique alternatives to your grocery routine
How to save money by adding unique alternatives to your grocery routine Shopping & Retail April 26, 2017
The average American spends roughly $4,015 per year on "food at home,"  according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That…
How to get stains out of almost anything
How to get stains out of almost anything Life April 24, 2017
It can seem like half of the work of maintaining a clean home is the baffling challenge of stain removal. It would…
12 ways to practice extreme frugality
12 ways to practice extreme frugality Deals & Savings April 21, 2017
If you’re a fan of Clark Howard and Clark.com, you may already be employing some our favorites money-saving tips like…
Keep your car spotless with these 5 easy cleaning hacks
Keep your car spotless with these 5 easy cleaning hacks Cars April 11, 2017
After your home, a car is likely the second most expensive purchase you'll make in your lifetime. Because of that, it's essential…
Even odd jobs add up: Here are 21 bizarre gigs that paid off
Even odd jobs add up: Here are 21 bizarre gigs that paid off April 5, 2017
Unless you stay in the first job you're ever hired into, you're likely to go through a variety of different jobs throughout…
The key to super-easy furniture refinishing
The key to super-easy furniture refinishing Homes & Real Estate April 4, 2017
I grew up in a family that enjoyed refurbishing antique furniture. It was hours of work for my parents and involved…
100-year-old life hacks you can still use today!
100-year-old life hacks you can still use today! Life April 4, 2017
Although the term "life hacks" is a relative newcomer to our daily vernacular, the idea of household tips and tricks…
6 splurges that will save you more in the long run
6 splurges that will save you more in the long run Money & Credit April 3, 2017
It may seem counter-intuitive, but you will often save money in the long run by spending more in the here and…
9 budget breakers to avoid at Trader Joe’s
9 budget breakers to avoid at Trader Joe’s Shopping & Retail March 30, 2017
I'm a huge fan of Trader Joe's. I'm addicted to their hummus, and rely on many of their house brand…
Bar Keeper's Friend cleans kitchens and bathrooms
Do cheap cleaners actually work? Here’s what happened when we put a $2 product to the test Deals & Savings March 29, 2017
I'm always on the lookout for multi-use products to use in my home, (fewer products bought = less money spent!)…
31 extreme money-saving tips from the cheapest of the cheap
31 extreme money-saving tips from the cheapest of the cheap Deals & Savings March 22, 2017
Are you tired on clicking articles that promise you the '10 best frugal tips!' but are disappointingly just the same old suggestions…
Home cleaning hacks that actually work!
Home cleaning hacks that actually work! Life March 18, 2017
What is it about the word 'hack' that elevates a mundane chore into something more fun? Is it because a…
Nordstrom’s $95 ‘Clear Knee Mom Jeans’ have gone viral… and with good reason
Nordstrom’s $95 ‘Clear Knee Mom Jeans’ have gone viral… and with good reason Shopping & Retail March 16, 2017
You're a fan of Clark Howard, which means that you're probably somewhat thoughtful and deliberate with your spending. In short,…
How to get that HGTV decorating look you love for a fraction of the cost
How to get that HGTV decorating look you love for a fraction of the cost Homes & Real Estate March 13, 2017
Do you watch the HGTV channel and lament that you'll never be able to afford the luxurious home accents featured…
How to make some serious extra cash with focus groups
How to make some serious extra cash with focus groups Jobs & Military March 8, 2017
If you want to bring in extra money without a long-term commitment, then you might want to look into participating in a…
Doctor’s appointments: How to get the most bang for your buck
Doctor’s appointments: How to get the most bang for your buck Health February 16, 2017
Going to a doctor's appointment can be a frustrating experience. Endless waits in both the waiting and the exam rooms, and…
Why did a gorilla-shaped Cheeto just sell on eBay for $99,900??
Why did a gorilla-shaped Cheeto just sell on eBay for $99,900?? Money & Credit February 9, 2017
You may not be aware that a gorilla-shaped Flaming Hot Cheeto just sold on eBay for $99,900. Yes, you read that right, $100 shy of…
What happened when we put ‘Fix That Thing’ Sugru to the test
What happened when we put ‘Fix That Thing’ Sugru to the test Life February 7, 2017
 I'm huge fan of fixing my stuff instead of replacing it. This mindset saves me a ton of money, but…
Want to brag about your Harvard Education? Now you can for free!
Want to brag about your Harvard Education? Now you can for free! Education February 1, 2017
If you missed out on attending an Ivy League university due to your less than stellar grade point average, then I've got great news for…
Labor nurses tell you what to pack (and not pack) for the hospital
Labor nurses tell you what to pack (and not pack) for the hospital Life January 24, 2017
If you're at the end of your first pregnancy, you're likely overwhelmed with advice on what to pack for the hospital. Make the mistake…
Why you should consider making January a ‘no buy’ month
Why you should consider making January a ‘no buy’ month Money & Credit January 3, 2017
January 1st is an opportunity for a clean slate, and for most people that means the traditional New Year's resolution to eat…
How to get the most out of your gift cards when you’re ready to start spending them
How to get the most out of your gift cards when you’re ready to start spending them Shopping & Retail December 30, 2016
If you're like 93% of Americans, you've either given or received a gift card this holiday season. It's no wonder…
Most and least returned gifts of 2016
Most and least returned gifts of 2016 Shopping & Retail December 13, 2016
Face it, gift giving is hard. Sure, there might be a few people on your list who are easy to shop for, but…
Think you can’t make a living from garbage picking? This Montreal man does!
Think you can’t make a living from garbage picking? This Montreal man does! Life November 21, 2016
If you were the type of child who daydreamed about hunting for buried treasure, you're not alone. Many of us…
8 money-saving tips for renters
8 money-saving tips for renters Homes & Real Estate November 16, 2016
Do you click on money-saving real estate articles only to find that everything is geared toward homeowners? Well then, you're one…
10 ways to practice extreme frugality
10 ways to practice extreme frugality Money & Credit October 7, 2016
If you're a Clark Howard follower, you're probably already employing his advice to comparison shop, cook from scratch and scour…
7 most common financial regrets
7 most common financial regrets Money & Credit September 8, 2016
Unless you're a fictional character, you're likely to have a few financial regrets in your life. Hopefully they can be…