Brandon Ballenger

I'm a freelance journalist living in South Florida. If I'm not writing, I'm playing video games or at the beach. My favorite spice is oregano, and I thought you should know. I got my bachelor's degree in English and public communication from Florida Atlantic University in 2008.

President Joe Biden
6 Things That Could Get Cheaper Under Biden’s New Executive Order

on July 16, 2021

The federal government is taking new steps to foster competition and drive down prices in several industries.

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8 Good Reasons to Cancel Netflix

on July 14, 2021

Don’t assume you’re getting your money’s worth — take a moment to think about it.

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10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

on June 28, 2021

There are lots of things Uncle Sam can’t touch — so long as you play by the rules.

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8 of the Greatest Sources of Fulfillment for Retirees

on June 22, 2021

Retirees say these actions give them purpose and meaning in 2021.

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6 Ways to Heap Up Savings Before You Retire

on June 21, 2021

Falling behind on your retirement savings? These simple habits can thicken your wallet in no time.

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5 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid for a Healthy Retirement

on June 7, 2021

Medicare can be confusing. Beware these missteps — which can hike your costs.

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15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common

on May 28, 2021

In most states, even where divorce rates are high, they’re declining.

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6 Ways to Guarantee Yourself a Steady Retirement Income

on May 25, 2021

Saving is just one part of the retirement equation. Do this now to guarantee income in your golden years.

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New Retirement Bill Would Help Savers of All Ages

on May 12, 2021

With bipartisan support, this bill could help millions of workers and retirees boost or conserve their retirement savings.

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10 Money Milestones You Should Know Well Before Retiring

on March 10, 2021

How many of these retirement-related ages and deadlines have you prepared for?

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The 10 Worst States for Retirees in 2021

on February 23, 2021

Based on factors like affordability, quality of life and health care, these are not ideal places to spend retirement.

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7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

on February 10, 2021

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

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Save and Invest Easily With This Phone App

on January 21, 2021

If you want to start long-term savings but you’re not sure how, take a look at this.

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6 Top Robo-Advisers for Investing

on January 18, 2021

If you want to start investing or avoid paying for expensive financial advice on growing your nest egg, consider these smart, affordable alternatives.

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The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

on January 18, 2021

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

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The Marriage and Divorce Rate in Every State

on December 23, 2020

Over the past decade, both marriage and divorce rates nationally declined — but figures varied widely between states.

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6 Steps to Creating a Home Inventory

on November 12, 2020

These tips and tools can help you recoup thousands of dollars if disaster strikes.

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5 Secrets of Seniors Who Keep Their Minds ‘Young’

on November 11, 2020

Here is why some seniors’ brains work as well as those of people who are decades younger.

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14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare

and on October 19, 2020

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

Senior couple at home
5 Home Improvements That Help You ‘Age in Place’

on October 12, 2020

These safety-conscious home upgrades can help retirees stay in their home.

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