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.

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How to Clean, Season and Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware
How to Clean, Season and Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware Food & Restaurants April 3rd, 2020
In an era of planned obsolescence, cast iron cookware is an exception. Made without moving parts or connecting pieces, cast…
Using a pressure washer to clean furniture can help you save money
6 Ways a Pressure Washer Can Save You Money Save Money June 29th, 2022
Whether or not you've used a pressure washer, you're likely already aware of its cleaning ability. There are entire YouTube…
7 Things You Can Save Money On by Doing Them Yourself
7 Things You Can Save Money On by Doing Them Yourself Save Money July 24th, 2020
Back in the day, no one would say that it was cheaper to buy your necessities than to make them.…
How To Price Garage Sale Items
How To Price Garage Sale Items Make Money April 2nd, 2022
Whether you've been bitten by the KonMari bug or you're simply indulging in a classic spring cleaning session, now is…
Altoids tin
6 Things You Might Not Have Considered Selling on eBay Shopping & Retail February 2nd, 2019
eBay touts that you can utilize their website to buy and sell “Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectables, Coupons and More.” Of…
Custom drawer organizer inspired by KonMari
How to KonMari Your Home on a Budget Life January 5th, 2021
You don't have to be a minimalist or a decluttering guru to have come across the tiny dynamo (and hugely…
Condiment packets
Save Money on Meals Using Extra Condiment Packets Deals & Savings April 3rd, 2020
When keeping to a food budget it's important to keep your recipes simple and classic. But no one wants to…
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 October 22nd, 2021
If you have a home to clean, you likely already have your favorite brands of products. Maybe it's Shout to…
16 Not-So-Obvious Tips for Saving Money
16 Not-So-Obvious Tips for Saving Money Save Money January 22nd, 2023
If you're a fan of money expert Clark Howard, you probably make a habit of scanning the internet for fresh…
How To Make Some Serious Extra Cash With Focus Groups
How To Make Some Serious Extra Cash With Focus Groups Jobs May 29th, 2021
If youwantto bring in extra money without making a long-term commitment, then you might want to look into participating in…
5 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas
5 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas Shopping & Retail November 11th, 2020
Did you run out of money before you crossed everyone off your holiday shopping list? Fear not, as there are…
Holiday gifts you should start working on now!
Holiday gifts you should start working on now! November 1st, 2017
We all have a great aunt Ethel who crochets toilet paper cozies from January through December, and has never experienced…
Can These Beauty ‘Hacks’ Really Save You Money?
Can These Beauty ‘Hacks’ Really Save You Money? Life April 3rd, 2020
It seems that the internet these days overcrowded with tips for just about anything you can imagine. You know the…
8 Money-Saving Tips for Renters
8 Money-Saving Tips for Renters Homes & Real Estate October 16th, 2020
Do you click on money-saving real estate articles only to find that everything is geared toward homeowners? This time, dear…
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 August 22nd, 2018
You may have started to incorporate thrift stores into your shopping routine as part of a plan to minimize spending, and to that…
Keep an eye out for these garage sale items for big savings
Keep an eye out for these garage sale items for big savings Deals & Savings June 30th, 2017
Garage sale season is upon us, which can mean either: A) Time to get rid of the excess within your…
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 November 15th, 2022
When the subject of frugal vacationingcomes up, the focus is understandablyon the cost of the actual vacation. You know, theairfare,…
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 July 27th, 2018
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 September 24th, 2018
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 June 28th, 2022
If you're a fan of Clark Howard and Clark.com, you may already be using some of our favorite money-saving tips…
Keep Your Car Spotless With These 5 Easy Cleaning Hacks
Keep Your Car Spotless With These 5 Easy Cleaning Hacks Cars February 10th, 2021
After your home, a car is likely the most expensive purchase you'll make in your lifetime. Because of that, it's…
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 6th, 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 August 26th, 2021
I grew up in a family that enjoyedrefurbishing 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 July 20th, 2018
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 3rd, 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 October 3rd, 2018
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 April 15th, 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 October 2nd, 2018
Are you tired on clicking articles that promise you the '10 best frugal tips!' but are disappointingly just the same old suggestions…
4 Home Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work
4 Home Cleaning Hacks That Actually Work Life July 21st, 2020
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 24th, 2017
You're a fan of Clark Howard, which means that you're probably somewhat thoughtful and deliberate with your spending. In short,…