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.

Frustrated older woman who is a senior or retired woman looking at her smartphone in consternation
5 Social Security Payment Quirks That No One Warns You About

on April 18, 2024

These details may not affect how much you get, but they’re still important to know.

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10 States Where Workers Earn the Least Money

on April 17, 2024

Workers in these states have the lowest median pay rates.

St. Joseph River, South Bend, Indiana
The 25 Cheapest Places to Live in America

and on April 15, 2024

Forget the coasts, move here instead.

Thoughtful smiling man holding a credit card sitting on the couch at home doing online shopping or planning to use credit card rewards
3 Ways a Major Credit Card Industry Settlement Could Affect You

on April 3, 2024

It’s not clear yet whether the deal is good or bad news for consumers.

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Tax Scams Catch 1 in 4 Americans Off Guard, Study Says

on April 2, 2024

Many people have lost money to these rip-offs, which are becoming more sophisticated.

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10 American Cities That Are Crawling With Millionaires

on April 2, 2024

A recent report estimates how many millionaires and billionaires live in cities around the U.S. We have a lot of them.

work from home
5 Remote Jobs That Come With a Hiring Bonus

on April 2, 2024

Some places will pay you just to take the job — and that’s probably the icing on the cake.

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How to Improve Google Search Results With a Hidden Setting

on March 30, 2024

If you’re drowning in wrong answers, one of the ways you can filter search results may help narrow things down.

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7 Things You Should Not Store in Your Garage

on March 29, 2024

There are safer places for all these things.

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6 Ways the Baltimore Bridge Collapse May Affect You

and on March 28, 2024

The tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore took several lives. It also might cause ripples across the economy for months to come.

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10 Types of Groceries Hit Hardest by Shrinkflation

on March 25, 2024

Even the government acknowledges that manufacturers are downsizing products while keeping the prices the same.

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You Can Save Over 40% on Max Right Now

on March 23, 2024

Both ad-free and ad versions of HBO’s streaming service are available at prices we seldom see.

Hilton Head Island
11 of the Best Places to Retire on an Island

and on March 19, 2024

Check out these islands when you are ready to retire.

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The 15 Happiest Cities in America

and on March 18, 2024

Longing to find your happy place? Read on.

José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, which serves the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador
20 Airports You’ll Actually Enjoy Getting Stuck In

on March 18, 2024

The restaurants, shops, entertainment and other amenities at these airports are among the best in the world.

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Here’s How Much a Home Cost the Year You Were Born

on March 16, 2024

Take a look at how much homes have been worth over the past several decades, adjusted for inflation.

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The Average Retirement Income in 2024

on March 15, 2024

Here’s a snapshot of typical retirement incomes, based on a variety of public data sources.

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16 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles That Get a Tax Credit Worth up to $7,500

and on March 13, 2024

The federal government recently changed the rules for getting tax credits for buying a new electric vehicle. Here’s what to know.

Leavenworth, Washington
17 of the Most Beautiful Places to Retire in America

and on March 13, 2024

What’s your ideal retirement spot like? The chances are good that it looks like one of these stunning locales.

Frustrated man working at laptop and angry at paperwork
5 Mistakes That Will Delay Your Tax Refund

on March 12, 2024

Doing any of these things could cost you with Uncle Sam.

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