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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8 Good Reasons to Cancel Netflix

on July 14, 2021

Don’t assume you’re getting your money’s worth — take a moment to think about it.

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6 Ways to Heap Up Savings Before You Retire

on June 21, 2021

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

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5 Medicare Mistakes to Avoid for a Healthy Retirement

on June 7, 2021

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

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15 States Where Divorce Is Most Common

on May 28, 2021

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

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6 Ways to Guarantee Yourself a Steady Retirement Income

on May 25, 2021

Saving is just one part of the retirement equation. Do this now to guarantee income in your golden years.

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10 Money Milestones You Should Know Well Before Retiring

on March 10, 2021

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

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The 10 Worst States for Retirees in 2021

on February 23, 2021

Based on factors like affordability, quality of life and health care, these are not ideal places to spend retirement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 5 Most Popular Long-Term Investments of 2020

on October 6, 2020

Does your retirement portfolio include these favored investments?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Financial Changes Americans Made Due to Coronavirus

on August 8, 2020

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

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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.

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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.

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How I Made 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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