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.

Save and Invest Easily With This Phone App
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.

6 Top Robo-Advisers for Investing
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.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
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.

5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees
5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees

on December 30, 2020

Retirees say these actions give them the most purpose and fulfillment.

The Marriage and Divorce Rate in Every State
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.

15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common
15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common

on December 23, 2020

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

6 Steps to Creating a Home Inventory
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.

5 Secrets of Seniors Who Keep Their Minds ‘Young’
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.

14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare
14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare

and on October 19, 2020

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

5 Home Improvements That Help You ‘Age in Place’
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.

4 Pitfalls for First-Time Medicare Enrollees
4 Pitfalls for First-Time Medicare Enrollees

and on October 8, 2020

Medicare’s rules are exacting, and penalties can be stiff and sometimes permanent.

The 5 Most Popular Long-Term Investments of 2020
The 5 Most Popular Long-Term Investments of 2020

on October 6, 2020

Does your retirement portfolio include these favored investments?

4 Reasons Americans Are Now Planning to Retire Later
4 Reasons Americans Are Now Planning to Retire Later

on September 24, 2020

Millions of Americans are seeing the pandemic slow down their financial plans. Here are their concerns.

The 15 Worst States for Retirees in 2020
The 15 Worst States for Retirees in 2020

on September 21, 2020

Based on dozens of metrics tied to affordability, quality of life and health care, these are not ideal places to spend retirement.

Is Your State Prepared for Voting by Mail in November?
Is Your State Prepared for Voting by Mail in November?

on August 18, 2020

More than half of states receive a C grade — or worse.

How Trump’s Latest Executive Actions Could Affect Your Finances
How Trump’s Latest Executive Actions Could Affect Your Finances

on August 11, 2020

Here’s what steps the president is taking that might help your finances during the pandemic.

5 Financial Changes Americans Made Due to Coronavirus
5 Financial Changes Americans Made Due to Coronavirus

on August 8, 2020

The pandemic is changing our approach to money — mostly for the better.

The Top 7 Retirement Concerns for Americans in 2020
The Top 7 Retirement Concerns for Americans in 2020

on August 3, 2020

These are the most common worries we have about our golden years amid the pandemic.

Top 5 Money Matters Discussed at Dinner Tables During the Pandemic
Top 5 Money Matters Discussed at Dinner Tables During the Pandemic

on July 28, 2020

A new survey reveals what worries are occupying our dinner table discussions due to the coronavirus.

How I Make Homemade Ice Cream That’s Better Than Store-Bought
How I Make Homemade Ice Cream That’s Better Than Store-Bought

on July 13, 2020

Here’s a quick way to make custom flavors without an ice cream machine.

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