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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

19 articles written by this author

Great Wolf Lodge Black Friday deals

All the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for Great Wolf Lodge to save on your next holiday.

Amy Stoltenberg 5 November 2020
Great Wolf Lodge Black Friday deals

Marriott Black Friday deals in 2021

Marriott Black Friday deals, coupons and discounted rates for 2021.

Amy Stoltenberg 27 October 2020
Marriott Black Friday deals in 2021

Carnival Black Friday deals: Up to 30% off + $50 deposits

Save money on a Carnival cruise when you book on Black Friday.

Amy Stoltenberg 26 October 2020
Carnival Black Friday deals: Up to 30% off + $50 deposits

CheapOair Black Friday deals in 2021

The lowdown on the best CheapOair deals and discounts for Black Friday.

Amy Stoltenberg 12 October 2020
CheapOair Black Friday deals in 2021

Airbnb Black Friday deals for 2021

Airbnb coupons and deals for Black Friday in 2021.

Amy Stoltenberg 5 October 2020
Airbnb Black Friday deals for 2021

How to find a Ria location

Ria’s global network of over 435,000 agent locations allows for convenient cash pick up in 160 countries worldwide.

Amy Stoltenberg 17 September 2020
How to find a Ria location

How to find a WorldRemit location

Find WorldRemit locations near you and abroad to send or receive cash in as little as a few minutes.

Zak Killermann & Amy Stoltenberg 16 September 2020
How to find a WorldRemit location

Find a MoneyGram location

Send or pick up cash from over 350,000 locations in 200 countries around the globe.

Amy Stoltenberg 16 September 2020
Find a MoneyGram location

Do I have to tell my life insurance provider that I smoke?

Being honest may cause rates to rise, but it's better than the alternative - losing your death benefit.

Amy Stoltenberg 8 June 2020
Do I have to tell my life insurance provider that I smoke?

Life insurance for rock climbers

Many insurers consider rock climbing as an extreme sport — so expect to pay higher premiums.

Amy Stoltenberg 16 May 2020
Life insurance for rock climbers
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