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.

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7 Small Splurges That Can Make a Big Difference in Your Life

on March 30, 2022

Some purchases are hard to justify — but others make so much sense you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

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5 Home Security Systems Vulnerable to Hackers

on March 25, 2022

It was shockingly easy for researchers to bypass these DIY systems and enter homes undetected.

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The 6 Most Common Sources of Retirement Income

on March 22, 2022

Almost everyone receives Social Security. But how many of these other income sources are available for your retirement plans?

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7 Things That Increase Peace of Mind About Retirement

on March 22, 2022

A new survey identifies what both current and near-retirees believe will comfort them in their golden years.

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4 Ways to Get NBC’s Streaming TV Service for Free

on March 18, 2022

You don’t have to pay for this popular streaming service, and you might even be eligible for a free premium account.

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6 Things That Kill Your Net Worth

on March 14, 2022

These dreadful errors are easy to make and hard — or sometimes impossible — to fix.

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4 Sanctions the U.S. Is Imposing on Russia — So Far

on March 10, 2022

Confused by how American leaders are fighting back against Putin? Here’s how the sanctions work.

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5 Ways America Is Helping Ukraine Fight Russia

on March 9, 2022

Both the public and private sectors are working hard to support the people of Ukraine.

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Save 80% on This Streaming TV Service Right Now

on March 4, 2022

A popular service is hugely discounted, but only for a few days.

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10 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

on March 3, 2022

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

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7 Ways President Biden Plans to Fight Inflation

on March 2, 2022

In his annual address to Congress, Biden said his top priority is “getting prices under control.”

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How You Can Help People in Ukraine

on February 25, 2022

As in any tragic situation, the urge to give is strong even when information is scarce. Here are some legitimate ways to support Ukrainians.

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Why the End of 3G Could Hurt Your Car’s Resale Value

on February 25, 2022

While recent cellphones won’t be affected by the shutdown of 3G wireless networks, many people also use internet-connected electronics that get replaced less often.

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7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

on February 22, 2022

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

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7 of the Best Places to Retire on the East Coast

on February 18, 2022

If your dream retirement involves a beach, one of these cities will probably work for you.

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6 Ways to Reduce Robotexts and Spam Text Messages

on February 16, 2022

The scams and garbage messages never seem to stop coming. Here’s how to minimize this annoyance.

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8 of the Greatest Sources of Fulfillment for Retirees

on February 14, 2022

Retirees say these actions give them purpose and meaning.

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11 Ways Americans Try to Buy Happiness

on February 11, 2022

A new survey doesn’t answer the age-old question, but it does offer insight into the ways we all look for the answer.

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These 10 States Have the Lowest Cost of Living for Retirees

on February 7, 2022

If living expenses are the most important factor for retirement, a new study says these are the best places to live.

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Netflix Just Made It Easier to Ditch Shows You Dislike

on February 4, 2022

You can now remove clutter from your home screen in just a few seconds.

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