Marilyn Lewis

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

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7 Mistakes People Make When Washing Fruit and Vegetables

on May 17, 2024

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

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7 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

on May 13, 2024

These are effective ways to divert money to savings without even noticing that it’s gone.

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7 Home Upgrades You Can Do for $5,000 or Less

on May 9, 2024

Have a limited home renovation budget? Try one of these projects.

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9 Affordable Ways to Add Privacy to Your Yard

on May 7, 2024

Make your private property actually feel private, without spending thousands on fencing.

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8 Essential Legal Documents to Create Before It’s Too Late

on May 6, 2024

Do your loved ones a big favor: Get your affairs in order so you don’t leave survivors to face a legal mess.

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6 Signs You’re in a Friendly, Feel-Good Neighborhood

on April 30, 2024

Certain front-yard features make a neighborhood feel more inviting, research shows.

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6 Home Upgrades You Can Do for $10,000 or Less

on April 23, 2024

Not every home makeover requires a huge budget — as long as you can stick to one.

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5 Products You Should Never Buy Generic

on April 15, 2024

Sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

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The Pros and Cons of 4 Types of Home Insurance

on April 5, 2024

Homeowners insurance comes in four flavors: Which is right for you?

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14 Surprising Things That Expire — or Become Dangerous

and on March 25, 2024

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

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13 High-Paying Jobs You Can Do From Home

on March 22, 2024

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

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8 Things Every Homeowner Needs to Know

on March 18, 2024

How many of these important things do you know about?

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16 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles That Get a Tax Credit Worth up to $7,500

and on March 13, 2024

The federal government recently changed the rules for getting tax credits for buying a new electric vehicle. Here’s what to know.

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17 of the Most Beautiful Places to Retire in America

and on March 13, 2024

What’s your ideal retirement spot like? The chances are good that it looks like one of these stunning locales.

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10 Countries Where Retirees Have the Best Quality of Life

on March 8, 2024

A new study of dozens of countries finds these are the places where retirees enjoy the most happiness, best air and water, and more.

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20 Retirement Hot Spots With Great Health Care

on March 8, 2024

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

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9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready to Retire

on March 7, 2024

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

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10 Places Where Retirees Enjoy the Best Quality of Life in America

on March 7, 2024

Comfortable climate, lots of activities and many amenities are some common features of these cities.

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9 Ways to Tell When Someone Is Lying to You

on March 1, 2024

There is no single way to know that you are dealing with a fibber. These clues, however, may be tipoffs.

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Pre-Retirement Checklist: What to Do Within 5 Years of Retiring

on March 1, 2024

Use your last remaining years in the workforce to set yourself up for a comfortable retirement on your own terms.

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