Marilyn Lewis

I specialize in writing about personal finance, real estate and retirement. Talk with me at [email protected]

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10 States With the Smallest Homes

on January 26, 2023

The average single-family home has more than doubled in size since 1950.

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7 Cities Where You Need to Earn $150,000 to Afford a Home

on January 20, 2023

See if you make what it takes to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on each of these metros’ median-price homes.

5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic
5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic

on January 19, 2023

Sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

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11 Signs That You Chose the Wrong Place to Retire

on January 19, 2023

Health and happiness in retirement rely on some key factors.

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9 States Where People Face the Highest Risk of Identity Theft and Fraud

on January 13, 2023

These areas were called out in a report as the riskiest in the U.S. for these crimes.

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6 Habits That May Increase Your Chances of Catching the Flu

on January 3, 2023

Avoiding these behaviors can improve the odds you’ll stay healthy during one of the worst flu seasons on record.

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The 10 Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers in 2023

on December 22, 2022

These cities and their surrounding areas are more affordable and less competitive. They may offer potential new homeowners the edge they are looking for.

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8 of the Most Dangerous Roads in America

on December 21, 2022

Harrowing hairpin turns, heavy traffic, ice and blinding fog are just some of the potentially lethal perils on these highways.

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10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind

on December 8, 2022

Here’s how to change those bad behaviors.

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5 States Where Human Composting Is a Legal Alternative to Burial

on December 6, 2022

You may have heard of environmentally friendly options for funerals and burials, but not everyone is familiar with human composting.

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12 Money Moves Everyone Should Make in Their 50s

on December 5, 2022

Capitalize on your peak earning years by firming up plans and feathering the nest for a secure retirement.

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What Is ‘the Fed’ — and Why Should You Care?

on November 30, 2022

The Federal Reserve has the power to make our lives better or more difficult.

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How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps

on November 29, 2022

Is your paycheck gone the moment you get it? Here’s how to break that vicious cycle.

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9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready to Retire

on November 28, 2022

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

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

on November 28, 2022

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

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22 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring

and on November 28, 2022

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

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13 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

and on November 23, 2022

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

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15 Great Places to Retire Where Health Care Is Good

on November 10, 2022

These retiree-friendly cities offer access to excellent health care.

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Will Social Security Run Out of Money?

on November 8, 2022

The problem is not at all unsolvable. Lawmakers have options for responding to changing times, and they’ve used them before.

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8 Free Resources for Navigating Medicare Enrollment Periods

on October 26, 2022

Start shopping for Medicare plans right away so you have time to get the help you need.

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