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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6 Ways to Get Help With Medicare Expenses

on October 25, 2021

Do you qualify for any of these plans or programs that help pay for Medicare costs?

33 Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100
33 Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

and on October 25, 2021

A little money goes a long way with these imaginative projects. You can do most of them yourself.

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8 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Retirement

on October 21, 2021

Prevent some of the worst financial blunders in retirement by taking action now.

10 Keys to a Successful Freelance Career
10 Keys to a Successful Freelance Career

on October 20, 2021

Covering these essentials will make self-employment more enjoyable and more sustainable.

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4 Pitfalls for First-Time Medicare Enrollees

and on October 15, 2021

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

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Baby Boomers’ 10 Greatest Fears About Retirement

on October 15, 2021

The giant baby boomer generation is at the front lines of retirement. Here is what keeps them up at night.

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10 Things Americans Spent Less Money on During the Pandemic

on October 12, 2021

Despite higher earnings and some inflation, Americans spent a lot less on these expenses in 2020.

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16 Surprising Things You Can Buy at Costco

on October 11, 2021

Some are luxuries, and others are just what you need.

12 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Checks
12 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Checks

on October 7, 2021

You may qualify for more retirement income than you realize.

The 10 Worst Cities for Retirees
The 10 Worst Cities for Retirees

on September 30, 2021

Moving to a different city in retirement is hard enough, so beware these options.

11 Home Renovations With the Worst Payoff
11 Home Renovations With the Worst Payoff

on September 30, 2021

Expect to lose money on these projects.

16 Home Maintenance Tasks That Save You Money
16 Home Maintenance Tasks That Save You Money

on September 29, 2021

Here’s how to cut household costs and maintain your property’s value.

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13 High-Paying Jobs You Can Do From Home

on September 28, 2021

Looking for work you can do from the comfort of your home? These fields command good pay.

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The Top 10 Reasons Americans Do Not Retire

on September 27, 2021

Money is important, but there are other popular reasons why older Americans continue to work.

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22 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring

and on September 27, 2021

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

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7 Major Restaurant Chains That Are Hiking Prices

on September 23, 2021

Prices are rising by up to 10% at some of America’s favorite eateries.

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11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

and on September 23, 2021

Some common items do go bad — or worse — even if you thought they would last forever.

Man paying off mortgage
7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

on September 6, 2021

Here’s how to free yourself from your biggest debt faster than you would think possible.

10 Things That Are Cheaper Today Than They Were 10 Years Ago
10 Things That Are Cheaper Today Than They Were 10 Years Ago

on August 26, 2021

Time does funny things. Amid inflation, these purchases have lower prices today than a decade ago.

Burglar peering into a home
6 Free Ways to Keep Burglars Away From Your Home

on August 24, 2021

Here are some free ways to bolster your sense of security.

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