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Amy Stoltenberg

Amy Stoltenberg

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Amy Stoltenberg is a writer at Finder covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as a technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. She’s excited about startup brands disrupting dusty old industries with products that promise better health and happiness for everyday Americans. When her laptop’s closed, you can find her exploring the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, combing through vintage stores, luxury boutiques and mom-and-pop shops, looking for the next big trend.

Expertise

  • Fashion
  • Travel
  • Online shopping

Highlights

  • Featured on the Zoe Report
  • Author of over 500 shopping and travel articles
  • Traveled to 28 states (and counting!)

Education

  • BA in writing and fashion | Savannah College of Art and Design | 2013–2018

Featured Publications

Industry insights from Amy Stoltenberg

Amy gets absolutely amped by finding life-changing products for a price that feels good. We asked her to give us some of her best tips for saving money and staying sane when embarking on an Internet shopping spree.

What’s your No. 1 tip for cutting down on impulse shopping?

My number one tip is simple — walk away. Sleep on it. If you wake up and still want to buy the thing, go for it. But make sure the brand offers free shipping and returns! I never place an order somewhere that doesn’t offer free shipping and returns — UNLESS it’s a household essential or I’m 100% certain that I can’t live without it.

Usually, you’ll know in your gut when you’re about to buy something purely out of impulse. Listen to that feeling. Before checking out, imagine yourself using that product in a month, six months, a year. Will it improve the quality of your life? Will it bring you joy? If the answer is no, you should definitely give yourself a few more days to think about it.

How can Americans protect their financial information when shopping online?

When you land on a new website, check to make sure the lock icon is visible to the left of the URL. This ensures that your personal information is secure when you send it to that website. Never send your financial information to someone over email, even a customer service rep. If you’re chatting with customer service via instant message, insist on giving your credit card number over the phone — and only if it’s absolutely necessary.

What are your favorite ways to find the best deals on high-ticket items?

From my time working in corporate retail, I can tell you with 100% confidence that almost every product goes on sale, eventually — unless there is an overwhelming demand and limited supply. So my favorite way to find the best deals is just to watch and wait. Check the site every couple of days, and eventually that item will be discounted when it’s time for the brand to move new merch in.

You should also check your calendar for the next upcoming holiday. Many big chain retailers hold sales for holidays like the Fourth of July, Labor Day and even President’s Day. That can be a great strategy for finding deals on appliances and home goods.

If you can’t wait, or need to buy a high-ticket item now, you can usually get 10% to 20% off by signing up for a brand’s mailing list. Trade your email address for a good deal (you can even create an email address specifically for marketing emails), then sit back and save!

Latest articles by Amy Stoltenberg

219 articles written by this author

Finder’s moving west — to Denver!

Finder's new Denver hub will house 198 new jobs, including product managers, software engineers and app developers.

Amy Stoltenberg 24 June 2021
Finder’s moving west — to Denver!

13 of the best shoes for nurses

Shop some of the best nursing shoes to help you stay on your feet in comfort and style. We share our picks and tips and advice from nurses.

Amy Stoltenberg 11 March 2021
13 of the best shoes for nurses

Get 50% off flights with Frontier Airlines’ flash sale — ends Thursday

In addition to great deals, the airline just launched 16 new routes for nonstop travel from $39.

Amy Stoltenberg 19 January 2021
Get 50% off flights with Frontier Airlines’ flash sale — ends Thursday

Alaska Airlines flash sale ends Thursday — flights from $29 one way

Alaska Airlines flash sale ends tonight — flights from $29 one way

Amy Stoltenberg 14 January 2021
Alaska Airlines flash sale ends Thursday — flights from $29 one way

Getting the travel itch? Act fast to fly from $21 with Frontier and $49 with JetBlue

Shop hundreds of one-way flights that cost less than $50 from these two major airlines.

Amy Stoltenberg 12 January 2021
Getting the travel itch? Act fast to fly from $21 with Frontier and $49 with JetBlue

2021 travel may require a COVID-19 vaccine passport — here’s how to get one

Here’s how to get one.

Amy Stoltenberg 30 December 2020
2021 travel may require a COVID-19 vaccine passport — here’s how to get one

Need a break from WFH? Expedia practically gives away 2-week remote vacations for just $20.20

The popular travel booking site puts a positive spin on 2020 with a deal just for remote workers.

Amy Stoltenberg 11 December 2020
Need a break from WFH? Expedia practically gives away 2-week remote vacations for just $20.20

Cozy up to these Cyber Week loungewear deals

10 loungewear deals we're loving right now.

Amy Stoltenberg 2 December 2020
Cozy up to these Cyber Week loungewear deals

The best Travel Tuesday deals happening right now

25% best Travel Tuesday deals happening now.

Amy Stoltenberg 1 December 2020
The best Travel Tuesday deals happening right now

Our favorite Cyber Week clothing deals

20+ best clothing deals for Cyber Week 2020.

Amy Stoltenberg 1 December 2020
Our favorite Cyber Week clothing deals
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