Maryalene LaPonsie

After 13 years as a staffer for a Michigan legislator, I decided it was time to quit the commute and work from home instead. For the past three years, I’ve been penning articles on everything from personal finance to parenting, although politics remains my passion. I’m a numbers geek who loves helping others find the right balance between frugal finances and living life deeply. When I’m not writing, I’m busy trying to raise my and my late husband’s five children to be compassionate people, critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

and on December 26, 2020

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

10 Mistakes That Cost You Money at Warehouse Stores
10 Mistakes That Cost You Money at Warehouse Stores

on September 23, 2020

Wholesale clubs might have great deals, but these mistakes will cost you.

Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?
Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?

on September 14, 2020

You could save more than $30,000 by setting aside these costly expenses for just one year.

8 Ways to Slash Your Internet Bill
8 Ways to Slash Your Internet Bill

on August 8, 2020

No matter what price you are paying for internet service, taking these simple steps can lower it.

The Best Way to Remember and Protect Your Passwords
The Best Way to Remember and Protect Your Passwords

on August 5, 2020

Passwords are hard to manage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon
7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon

on August 4, 2020

Use these websites and other tools to save money — or earn extra cash — when shopping at Amazon.

10 Ways Anyone Can Earn More Income
10 Ways Anyone Can Earn More Income

on June 30, 2020

Looking for additional cash? Here are a bunch of options that are accessible to anyone with internet access.

10 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $10,000
10 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than $10,000

on June 29, 2020

These operations have low startup costs and good returns.

9 Things You Really Can’t Return to Amazon
9 Things You Really Can’t Return to Amazon

on June 22, 2020

The retailer’s 30-day return policy does not cover everything you buy.

7 Free Apps for Better Health in 2020
7 Free Apps for Better Health in 2020

on January 30, 2020

These free fitness apps will help you get in better shape in as little as 7 minutes a day.

5 Home Repairs You Should Not Attempt Yourself
5 Home Repairs You Should Not Attempt Yourself

on December 24, 2019

DIY can be cheaper, but some projects are better left to licensed professionals.

The 15 Biggest Regrets of Homeowners in 2019
The 15 Biggest Regrets of Homeowners in 2019

on August 13, 2019

The biggest regrets some homeowners have might surprise you.

How to Pay Less for a Wedding Dress
How to Pay Less for a Wedding Dress

on May 14, 2019

Less expensive doesn’t mean less magical. There are many ways to save on a dress and still have your dream wedding.

7 First-Rate Job Benefits — Besides the Retirement Plan
7 First-Rate Job Benefits — Besides the Retirement Plan

on May 9, 2019

Pay is only one part of the package from a potential employer. Benefits like these can make a job worthwhile even when the pay isn’t stellar.

11 Awesome Gifts for Kids Who Have Too Much Stuff
11 Awesome Gifts for Kids Who Have Too Much Stuff

on December 17, 2018

This holiday season, give kids shared experiences, like a zoo membership or family night at the movies.

11 Tools Everyone Must Have
11 Tools Everyone Must Have

on November 14, 2018

Doing it yourself is important if you want to save money and be self-sufficient. Step one? The right tools.

4 Steps to Boost College Savings When Money Is Tight
4 Steps to Boost College Savings When Money Is Tight

on October 13, 2018

The typical college degree may be outrageously expensive, but that doesn’t mean you or your child or grandchild has to give up on higher-education dreams.

Baby Stuff You Really Should Buy Used
Baby Stuff You Really Should Buy Used

on April 4, 2017

You don’t have to get everything new and shiny for your new and shiny baby. Here are the best baby things to buy used.

6 Baby Products You Really Should Buy New
6 Baby Products You Really Should Buy New

on March 24, 2017

When you’re loading up on baby products for your new family member, some items are worth the full-price cost. Splurge on these and buy peace of mind.

How to Get Free (and Nearly Free) Goods for Your Baby
How to Get Free (and Nearly Free) Goods for Your Baby

on March 8, 2017

The cost of parenting can be daunting, but take heart: There are lots of ways to get baby products for cheap and free.

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