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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Key Ingredient in Popular Cold Medicines Does Nothing, Experts Say

on September 14, 2023

An advisory group for federal regulators now officially agrees with decades of research suggesting the ingredient is ineffective.

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7 Surprising Perks of AAA Membership

on September 12, 2023

Your local auto club may have a lot more to offer than fixing flats and towing you to a mechanic.

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The Final Stretch: 6 Ways To Boost Savings As Retirement Nears

on September 9, 2023

Falling behind on your retirement savings? These simple habits can thicken your wallet in no time.

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12 Types of Retirement Income That Are Not Taxable

on September 6, 2023

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

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Your Phone Plan Might Cost More Soon — Unless You Do This

on September 5, 2023

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all adopting this policy, according to a new report.

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11 Services You Didn’t Know Social Security Offers

on September 4, 2023

There’s more to the Social Security Administration than just dishing out retirement benefits.

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8 Streaming Services Raising Prices in 2023

on September 1, 2023

Many of these increases took effect in the summer, but a couple are yet to come.

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25 Medicare Drugs That Have Skyrocketed in Price

on August 29, 2023

An analysis finds this small handful of drugs accounts for more than a third of all Medicare prescription drug spending.

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10 Places With the Highest Homebuyer Demand in 2023

on August 29, 2023

Prospective buyers are very interested in these suburban communities for their affordability and larger homes.

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5 Home Services You Should Not Pay For

on August 28, 2023

Some can be had for free, and others are of dubious value.

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7 Unexpected Perks of Delaying Retirement

on August 23, 2023

Staying in the workplace longer can have overlooked advantages.

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5 Little-Known Tactics To Raise Your Credit Score

on August 15, 2023

Because there’s only so much you can take of being told to “pay your bills on time.”

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4 Alternatives to Owning a Printer

on August 14, 2023

The handful of times most people still need one no longer justify the cost. And it’s easy for the average person to go digital.

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The Rich Are Changing Their Spending Habits. Should You?

on August 14, 2023

There may be a misunderstanding about consumer spending among the top 1%. Here’s what experts think is happening.

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29 Amazon Brands To Shop Before They’re Gone for Good

on August 11, 2023

A new report says Amazon is in the process of shuttering several of its private labels.

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4 Expiring Pandemic Policies That May Hurt Families

on August 11, 2023

The government created new temporary programs and suspended others to ease financial burdens during the pandemic. Now that’s all going away.

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The Newly Lowered Credit Ratings of 10 U.S. Banks

on August 10, 2023

More bad news: Moody’s also warns that some bigger financial institutions could be next.

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Want a $900,000 Job at Netflix? You Need This Skill

on August 8, 2023

The streaming company is accepting applications for a new role with a niche skill set. Do you have it?

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10 Cities Where Entry-Level Jobs Have Higher Pay

on August 7, 2023

Most entry-level work here pays more than the typical state wage.

Shocked older man looking at laptop finding private information leaked or identity theft or some other online mistake
New Google Feature Alerts You to Privacy Breaches

on August 4, 2023

Now you can be notified when your contact information is published and request to have it removed from search results.

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