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Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth Harper

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers find what best fits their needs and budget. She lives in Austin, TX and has a keen interest in how tech is changing the world we live in.

Elizabeth Harper's Most Recent Blog Posts

7 Unexpected Costs of Being a College Student

A college education is full of hidden costs you may not plan for. Beyond the expected price of tuition, housing, and books, you'll find plenty of fees and other expenses that weren't in your budget.

What Is Tuition Insurance and Do You Need It?

Just as you would protect your home or car purchase with insurance, you can get tuition insurance to protect your investment in education. We answer all your questions about tuition insurance, from what it covers to whether it's worth getting.

15 Top College Degrees for Return on Investment

When you're spending thousands to get a college degree, you want to be sure you're getting a good return on your investment. Let's look at the 15 college degrees that are most likely to pay off in the long run.

Here's Why Conflict-Free Diamonds Are a Hoax

Blood diamonds are being sold with "conflict-free" certifications. We'll tell you why real "conflict-free" diamonds are so hard to find, then offer tips on how you can get truly ethical gems.

10 Surprising Things You Can Do With a Blender

You don't have to be a kitchen wizard to make good use of your blender. From cooking to composting, you can get a lot of mileage out of this simple small appliance. Here are 10 things you never realized you could do with a blender.

6 Surprising Things You Can Buy With a Student Discount

You might expect students to get discounts on computers and other items they need for school, but some student discounts may surprise you. With that in mind, here are the surprising deals students can get, and how they can snag them.

Should You Still Buy a Gift If You Don't Go to the Wedding?

If you can't make it to a wedding, can you also skip sending a gift? We consulted wedding and etiquette experts to answer that query, as well as other questions surrounding this touchy topic.

How Much Is Shipping on Amazon, and When Can You Get It for Free?

It can be hard to figure out what shipping from Amazon will cost. If you're looking for free (or cheap) shipping, you want to know the ins and outs of the company's shipping policies. Ready to cut your Amazon shipping costs? Here's the info you need.

People Hate United Airlines, But They REALLY Hate Spirit

The results of our DealNews Air Travel survey are in! Decreasing legroom topped the list of airline annoyances, followed by carriers piling on fees for everything. What's more, a lot of fliers really hate certain airlines, but still fly on them. Read on for the full results.

Yes, You CAN Shop Around and Haggle for Medical Procedures

If you have looming health care costs on the horizon, you're probably getting anxious about how you'll pay for them. Fortunately, prices can vary from doctor to doctor. Here's how to get the lowest prices on your medical bills.
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