Writers’ Guidelines

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Who We Are

The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to “Living Better…for Less”. Our goal is to provide readers with ways to save money, make money go farther and better manage money.

What We’re Looking For

We’re looking for in depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars and live better for less. Sometimes we include articles about ways to make money from home.  At this time, we are not able to offer compensation for articles published online.  We do not want another submission on “8 Ways to Save on Groceries.” Rather query us on something more specific. We prefer articles that include relevant quotes from experts in the field being discussed or statistics that can help the reader know more about the topic. We’re getting away from “here’s what I learned about…” type of articles.

Query First

Please query your article idea before submitting it. We have thousands of articles on the site. There’s a good chance that we’ve already published your idea and wouldn’t be interested in revisiting it unless there were something new about your topic.

Guest Posts

Yes, we are open to guest posts. But only under certain conditions. Our readers expect helpful information in any article we publish. They also appreciate that we don’t run articles with lots of self-serving links within the body of the article. Promoting your site/book/etc: We understand that your goal is to promote your work. And, we want to help. But we are unable to link to sites that are primarily for the purpose of selling a product or service. We’re only able to link to sites that are informational. As to the links, we find that an author’s biography or resources paragraph at the end of the article is the best way to do that. We can run a paragraph that describes the author and the site or book. Naturally we can link to it using whatever anchor text works for you. We also prefer submissions from sites that are open to reciprocal guest posts. Please query us with your idea before submitting a guest post. It will be helpful if you’d include the URL that you’ll want to link to.

Sponsored Posts

We have ceased accepting paid guest or sponsored posts.

Writer’s Qualifications

While we appreciate and occasionally run articles based on personal experience, we prefer to have an expert comment on the article subject. You may be the expert on certain subjects and we’d include your qualifications in a biography that would run with the article. If you are not the expert, please consider finding one to provide a quote or two on the subject. Many experts are willing to provide a quote as long as their book or website is mentioned. Please do not use a quote that’s found online. We want original quotes. We also like to see statistics that are relevant to the subject.

Article Length

We are interested in articles up to 800 words in length. The majority of articles that will be used will be in the 500 to 700 word range.

Type of Material Used

  • how to articles
  • creative ways to save money on food, housing, auto, clothing or any other expense most people have in their budget
  • stage-of-life material for families, singles, couples, the divorced, single parents, and empty nesters
  • material on dealing with non-frugal partner, children or significant others

Interviews

We are also interested in interviews with people who have successfully found ways to save money. An emphasis is put on those who have found new and creative ways to accomplish the frugal lifestyle and who can share ideas that can be imitated by our readers.

Your Article

The article should be submitted as an attachment in .txt, .doc, or .docx format. Please do not send us a submission via U.S. mail. Please make sure that your lead ‘hooks’ the reader.

How to Submit

Email your submission to gary (at) thedollarstretcher.com.

A Final Note

We understand that you want to be paid for your work. At present we cannot pay for online material. But we are able to get your work displayed before a sizeable audience. 

If You Found Us Via YouTube

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