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.

Worried and stressed senior couple paying bills and working on budget
The 15 Most Expensive States for Retirees in 2023

on March 14, 2023

While these places all have good things going for them, being affordable is not one of them.

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The 9 Biggest Union Strikes of 2022

on March 11, 2023

There were more strikes than normal last year, and these were the biggest.

Middle-aged woman with a planner for retirement planning
11 Retirement Milestones Everyone Should Know

on March 9, 2023

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

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A 5-Minute Fix for People Who Sit All Day

on March 6, 2023

This prescription isn’t too hard to swallow.

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Try This to Replace Cable for $25 Per Month

on March 6, 2023

The world of a la carte streaming can be overwhelming and expensive. This makes it simple and affordable.

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6 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

on March 4, 2023

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

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Google Wants to Be Your Personal Shopping Assistant

on March 3, 2023

New and improved tools help you find what you want to buy online — down to the size, color and shipping cost.

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12 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

on March 3, 2023

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

Happy couple walking through new home under construction
10 States Where Building a Home Beats Buying One

on March 3, 2023

Right now, in more than a third of the country, you can save money by building instead of buying.

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

on March 1, 2023

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

Senior at Crater Lake in Oregon
7 Great Places to Retire in the Pacific Northwest

on February 23, 2023

This region has a few urban centers with a lot of breathtaking beaches, mountains and forests in between.

woman frustrated with slow internet connection
6 Ways to Improve Your Home Wi-Fi Connection

on February 21, 2023

Don’t settle for lousy internet.

Shocked couple looking at bills
9 Things Unlikely to Get Cheaper Anytime Soon

on February 21, 2023

Some prices — like that of gasoline — can change daily. But these things, not so much.

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7 Siri Commands Every iPhone User Should Know

on February 20, 2023

It can do a lot more than call people and answer trivia questions.

Happy couple doing bills or taxes on a laptop
6 Ways to Get Your Taxes Done for Free

on February 14, 2023

Don’t fork over hundreds of dollars to a tax professional to prepare your taxes.

Woman Stuck at Airport
The 5 Best and 5 Worst Airports in the U.S.

on February 11, 2023

A new report highlights the biggest pains and the smoothest sailing for air travelers.

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4 Super Bowl Groceries That Are Cheaper This Year — and 2 That Cost More

on February 7, 2023

Game day food may be a little less harsh on your budget this year, depending on what you like.

upset senior citizen
4 Pitfalls for New Medicare Enrollees

and on February 3, 2023

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

Happy senior working as a grocery cashier at a supermarket checkout
7 Unexpected Perks of Delaying Retirement

on February 2, 2023

Staying in the workplace longer can have overlooked advantages.

Family preparing for natural disaster
6 Free Tools That Help You Prepare for Natural Disasters

on January 28, 2023

There are many federal government and nonprofit websites to help homebuyers and others trying to understand the risks where they live.

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