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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4 Pitfalls for New Medicare Enrollees

and on February 14, 2024

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

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9 Words Every Taxpayer Needs to Know

and on February 13, 2024

Terms like “AGI” and “refundable credit” aren’t just jargon. They directly affect how much you owe Uncle Sam.

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8 Countries That Offer Retirement Visas to Americans

on February 13, 2024

It may be easier and more affordable than you think to retire near an exotic foreign beach.

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Update Your iPhone for This Key New Security Feature

on February 10, 2024

You can protect your personal and financial data from thieves, even if they nab your phone and passcode.

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4 Positive Signs More People Are Conquering Debt

on February 9, 2024

Despite all the financial setbacks of the past few years, Americans are getting better at paying off debt and keeping their finances steady.

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4 Ways to Tax-Proof Your Investment Portfolio

on February 7, 2024

Here are some simple strategies for keeping Uncle Sam as far away from your investments as is legally possible.

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Here’s How Fast Americans’ Net Worth Is Growing at Every Age

on February 5, 2024

The latest data from the Federal Reserve shows most generations are seeing rising incomes, but even those who aren’t are growing their net worth.

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Bill Aims to Make Social Security Benefits Tax-Free

on February 3, 2024

If passed, nobody would owe taxes on Social Security benefits starting in 2025.

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8 Math Mistakes the IRS Finds on Tax Returns

on February 2, 2024

Just because you’re not doing taxes by hand doesn’t mean you won’t make a costly mistake.

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15 Places To Find E-Books for Free

and on February 1, 2024

Don’t buy an e-book when you can find more than 1 million free titles on these websites.

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The Average Payment for 9 Types of Social Security Recipients

on January 31, 2024

Who receives what? Have a look at Social Security statistics.

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IPhone Users Need To Know About This Emergency Feature

on January 30, 2024

It’s free and could provide help in dangerous situations.

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4 Things To Clean Before Your House Burns Down

on January 27, 2024

If this doesn’t light a fire under you to get things taken care of, well…

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The 9 Most Satisfying Restaurant Chains in America

on January 27, 2024

Polling shows these fast food and full-service restaurants have the highest customer satisfaction among U.S. chains.

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The Best — and Worst — Wireless Carriers for Network Quality Across the U.S.

on January 22, 2024

But even the best have their work cut out for them, with ever-rising demand for faster and more consistent data availability.

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13 Signs That You Chose the Wrong Place To Retire

and on January 22, 2024

Health and happiness in retirement rely on some key factors.

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Here’s How Much Cheaper 10 Medicare Drugs Are in Other Countries

on January 18, 2024

Even when you take into account discounts and rebates, Americans pay hugely higher prices.

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9 Countries With the Most Powerful Passports in the World

and on January 16, 2024

People with passports from these nations can easily see more of the world, the latest annual Henley Passport Index finds.

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6 Medicare Mistakes To Avoid for a Healthy Retirement

on January 11, 2024

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

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Here’s How Much Each Presidential Candidate Is Worth

on January 10, 2024

Where do you get the time and money to run for president of the United States? Here’s how they did it.

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