Marilyn Lewis

After a career in daily newspapers I moved to the world of online news in 2001. I specialize in writing about personal finance, real estate and retirement. I love how the Internet brings readers and writers together. Talk to me at [email protected]

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18 Cheap Summer Upgrades That Improve Your Home and Life

on July 27, 2021

These easy projects let you spruce up your home and enjoy it more this season.

10 Ways Seniors Can Save on Dental Care
10 Ways Seniors Can Save on Dental Care

on July 26, 2021

Medicare doesn’t usually cover dental care. Use these tips to protect your wallet and your teeth.

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10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind

on July 22, 2021

Here’s how to change those bad behaviors.

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10 Top Ways Retirees Plan to Spend Their Savings

on July 1, 2021

Retirees plan to use their savings in ways that may surprise you.

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6 of the Worst Things to Buy at Aldi

on June 17, 2021

No retailer is perfect. Each has strengths and weaknesses, Aldi included.

7 Mistakes You Make When Washing Produce
7 Mistakes You Make When Washing Produce

on June 16, 2021

Here are the experts’ often-surprising answers to questions about produce safety.

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The Surprising Tax Numbers for 4 of America’s Biggest Billionaires

on June 11, 2021

A leak of IRS data reveals how much America’s richest really pay in taxes.

17 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire
17 of the Best Things to Do When You Retire

on June 4, 2021

You’ve waited all your life for this moment. Make the most of your retirement.

11 Retirement Funding Goals Everyone Ought to Hit by Age 50
11 Retirement Funding Goals Everyone Ought to Hit by Age 50

on May 31, 2021

Nail these financial milestones so you can embrace your 50s — and the years beyond.

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10 Alternatives to Dental Insurance

on May 25, 2021

Not every dental insurance plan makes financial sense.

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11 Home Renovations With the Worst Payoff

on May 20, 2021

Expect to lose money on these projects.

Regretful senior man
How to Undo Your Social Security Claim in 4 Steps

on May 12, 2021

Yes, some — not all — beneficiaries can pull out and reapply later. Here’s how, step-by-step.

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10 Jobs the Pandemic May Kill

on April 21, 2021

These jobs were facing trouble before, but COVID-19 made things worse.

5 Ways Couples Can Maximize Credit Card Rewards
5 Ways Couples Can Maximize Credit Card Rewards

on April 19, 2021

Rewards points are good. What’s better? Maximizing those perks by working together.

11 Tips for Avoiding Ridiculous Hotel Fees
11 Tips for Avoiding Ridiculous Hotel Fees

on April 15, 2021

Don’t let extra hotel fees ruin your vacation.

Man adjusting a thermostat to save energy
22 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring

and on April 8, 2021

Implementing these fixes will save you cold, hard cash all year long.

Never Use These Cleaning Products Together
Never Use These Cleaning Products Together

on April 7, 2021

Mixing these cleaners can be dangerous or ineffective.

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10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

on March 30, 2021

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

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5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic

on March 26, 2021

Sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

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9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready to Retire

on March 22, 2021

Age is not the best indication that it’s time to retire. Other signs are more subtle, and more reliable.

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