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.

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…
8 work perks that can turn a bad job into a good one
8 work perks that can turn a bad job into a good one Jobs & Military August 26, 2016
Unless you're self employed, you likely have a few work perks that sweeten your compensation package. For most people it's…
7 home decor projects for under $20 each
7 home decor projects for under $20 each Home Ownership August 12, 2016
Do you crave a Pinterest-worthy home, yet lack the budget to fill your cart at Michael's or Home Depot? Worry…
The #1 thing you can do to save money when you have kids
The #1 thing you can do to save money when you have kids Money & Credit August 11, 2016
Unless you live off grid without the influence of media, your children are likely to have favorite characters that steer…
How to save money by embracing old technology
How to save money by embracing old technology Money & Credit August 5, 2016
If you wanted to research how to save money on your electronics, you'd likely be pointed in the direction of…
The best bargains at Dollar Tree
The best bargains at Dollar Tree Deals & Savings July 22, 2016
If you have a Dollar Tree store in your area, you likely already know that it's as a great cheap…
6 bizarre and disgusting things from Goodwill
6 bizarre and disgusting things from Goodwill Shopping & Retail July 12, 2016
When you shop at a traditional retailer such as Target or Macy's, you already have a pretty good idea what…
9 times when going cheap costs you money
9 times when going cheap costs you money July 12, 2016
If you're a fan of Clark Howard, you're likely to also be a fan of the the cheap deal. However,…
7 unnecessary baby products
7 unnecessary baby products Money & Credit June 24, 2016
Although my college-age sons are long past the baby stage of their lives, I'm continuously aware of baby trends through…
5 great souvenir ideas for your summer travels
5 great souvenir ideas for your summer travels Travel June 17, 2016
Souvenirs are an interesting purchase category. They function to demonstrate that you traveled to a certain area, as well as…
How to optimize tax deductions when you donate stuff
How to optimize tax deductions when you donate stuff Money & Credit June 10, 2016
Spring and summer are the seasons for renewal, which for many of us means getting our homes in tip top…
How to squeeze every single last drop from household products
How to squeeze every single last drop from household products Life June 10, 2016
Do you get frustrated by household goods that don't last as long as they should? Well then, you're in luck…
Just say ‘no’ to these 5 kitchen unitaskers
Just say ‘no’ to these 5 kitchen unitaskers Shopping & Retail June 10, 2016
Have you noticed that for every kitchen chore there seems to be a tool available to perform that single solitary…
5 TV shows and films that have important money lessons
5 TV shows and films that have important money lessons Money & Credit May 27, 2016
TV gets a bad rap for setting unrealistic expectations for lifestyle and spending, and for the most part it's well…
29 awesome DIY YouTube videos you have to see
29 awesome DIY YouTube videos you have to see Life May 27, 2016
Remember the days before Internet? You know, when your main resource to research how to do anything was at best…
19 things you didn’t know you could wash in the dishwasher
19 things you didn’t know you could wash in the dishwasher Homes & Real Estate May 25, 2016
You might think of your dishwasher as a device for washing, well . . . dishes, but your dishwasher is…
Budgeting basics: What you need to know to get started
Budgeting basics: What you need to know to get started Money & Credit May 13, 2016
To most people, the word 'budget' is a negative word. A barrier against the enjoyable things in life. Ask a…
1964’s ‘A guide to budgeting for the young couple’ is still relevant today!
1964’s ‘A guide to budgeting for the young couple’ is still relevant today! Money & Credit May 13, 2016
My sister is an illustrator and collects vintage graphics, so when I spied her 1964 U.S. Department of Agriculture pamphlet…
How to use eBay to create extra cash in your life
How to use eBay to create extra cash in your life Auctions & E-commerce April 29, 2016
Lifehacker recently published an article advising readers that 'Before you throw something out, check if you can sell it.' 'Today…
20 tips to help you have a profitable garage sale
20 tips to help you have a profitable garage sale Homes & Real Estate April 19, 2016
With sunny days starting to overtake the dreariness of winter, garage sale season is once again upon us. You may…
5 things you should repair instead of replace
5 things you should repair instead of replace Shopping & Retail April 15, 2016
Consumer goods are so cheap these days, you may assume that it's betterto buy newinstead ofrepair. But that's not necessarily…
What does it mean to be “broke” vs. “poor”?
What does it mean to be “broke” vs. “poor”? Money & Credit March 10, 2016
When I was growing up, our next-door-neighbor was a single mom who supported herself as a freelance writer. Needless to…
Extreme frugal advice beyond ‘lose the latte habit’
Extreme frugal advice beyond ‘lose the latte habit’ February 10, 2016
How many times have you clicked on an article purporting to 'blow your mind' with money-saving ideas, to only to…
Make these parenting mistakes and you’ll keep living paycheck to paycheck
Make these parenting mistakes and you’ll keep living paycheck to paycheck Money & Credit February 10, 2016
Are you making more money than ever, yet still living paycheck to paycheck? If you're a parent, the likely culprit(s)…
Things you never knew you could get from your library
Things you never knew you could get from your library Life February 10, 2016
If your notion of what a library lends out is based on your childhood, you're woefully behind the times. With…
12 low-cost pet ideas for Fido or Fluffy
12 low-cost pet ideas for Fido or Fluffy Life February 4, 2016
Welcoming an animal companion into your home can be a rich and rewarding experience, but if you're not deliberate with…
6 areas where you can save on health & beauty aids
6 areas where you can save on health & beauty aids Shopping & Retail February 4, 2016
Toiletries and cosmetics are notoriously difficult to shop for. Manufacturers make completely optimistic (and often fantastical) claims promising everything from…
5 spendy trends to avoid
5 spendy trends to avoid Money & Credit January 15, 2016
As a Clark Howard reader you're probably already aware to guard yourself against obvious budget drainers such as costly flavored…
5 financial New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep
5 financial New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep Money & Credit December 28, 2015
The Christmas holiday dominates the month of December, but it seems that the moment the clock strikes twelve on the…