Katy Wolk-Stanley About the author:

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 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…
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 toa 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 awarethata gorilla-shapedFlaming Hot Cheetojustsold 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…
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 onwhat to pack forthehospital. 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 isan opportunity for a clean slate, and for most people that means the traditional New Year's resolution toeat…
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 bea fewpeople 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…
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 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 Homes & Real Estate 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 Show Notes April 29, 2016
Lifehacker recently published an article advising readers that 'Before you throw something out, check if you can sell it.' 'Today…