Ashley Tate

Ashley Tate

Ashley Tate is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications, including Money, O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PureWow, Women's Health, and NationSwell. Previously, she was the Money Editor at Real Simple magazine, where she worked for almost a decade. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and standard poodles, Normandy and Hugo.

Recent posts by Ashley Tate

4 Sneaky Credit Card Charges to Watch

We’ve all heard financial experts say this a million times: Look over your credit-card statement each month. While the advice is commonplace, few of us actually follow it. After all, who really wants to read through the entire list of charges to verify that they’re all correct? While doing so is tedious, it really is

Simple Strategies for Building Your Retirement Savings

The IRS recently announced an increase in the annual contribution limit for 401(k), 403(b), most 457, and Thift Savings plans. Previously, you could only set aside $17,500 in your retirement account, but starting in 2015, that amount jumps to $18,000. If you can’t put that much in savings, don’t beat yourself up. You can still

35 Ways to Keep Costly Thanksgiving Leftovers From Going to Waste

There’s the turkey, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, bread, and sweet potatoes. There’s also corn, herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley), new potatoes, apple cider, and butter — lots of it. And of course, canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce, and all the ingredients for stuffing. With all this and more listed on your supermarket receipt, it’s no

The Secret to Smoother Holiday Travel

While generosity is at its peak around the holidays, this time of year also brings out the worst in people. For those of us traveling, there’s crowded airports, unexpected snowstorms, a sub-compact waiting for us at the rental counter instead of an SUV — the list goes on. But fortunately, one small piece of plastic

How to Avoid the Holiday Spending Hangover

This holiday season, the average household is expected to spend $684. While that’s a decrease of $51 from last year, it’s still a hefty expense for people to absorb during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since eating super-cheap PB&J for every meal isn’t really an option, you need to find some strategies to avoid

7 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Home and Save on Winter Heating Costs

Just because the U.S. Department of Energy predicts that winter heating costs will be cheaper this year than last doesn’t mean that you won’t still spend a bundle keeping your house warm during the cold months. Instead of turning up the thermostat or putting on another sweater, try out these low-cost winterization tips to keep

Overcoming Financial Fears and Living Richly

You check your account balances every single day. But there’s more to feeling rich than just stacks of bills in the bank — especially if money anxieties are keeping you from truly enjoying life. If you find your financial confidence currently lacking, try out one (or several) of these strategies for overcoming financial fears. We think