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]

How to Undo Your Social Security Claim in 4 Steps
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.

10 Top Ways Retirees Plan to Spend Their Savings
10 Top Ways Retirees Plan to Spend Their Savings

on May 7, 2021

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

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

on April 26, 2021

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

10 Jobs the Pandemic May Kill
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.

22 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring
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.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
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.

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

on March 26, 2021

Sometimes the brand-name version is clearly superior.

9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready to Retire
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.

This Homemade Meal Is Cheap, Healthful and Requires No Cooking
This Homemade Meal Is Cheap, Healthful and Requires No Cooking

on March 22, 2021

This is a delicious, easy dish to add to your repertoire.

8 Documents That Are Essential to Planning Your Estate
8 Documents That Are Essential to Planning Your Estate

on March 20, 2021

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

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps
How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps

on March 16, 2021

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

19 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills While Hunkered Down
19 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills While Hunkered Down

, and on March 8, 2021

Wasted energy and water spell opportunities for saving money at a time when every penny counts.

9 Ways to Tell When Someone Is Lying to You
9 Ways to Tell When Someone Is Lying to You

on March 2, 2021

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

14 Money Terms to Learn So You Don’t Die Broke
14 Money Terms to Learn So You Don’t Die Broke

and on February 27, 2021

Want to outlive your money? Ignore these crucial financial concepts.

22 Cities Where Home Appreciation Is Spiking
22 Cities Where Home Appreciation Is Spiking

on February 26, 2021

The annual home value growth rate in these cities is over 10%.

8 Ways You Are Wrecking Your Major Appliances
8 Ways You Are Wrecking Your Major Appliances

on February 24, 2021

Some appliance failures are beyond our control, but plenty are self-inflicted.

Rent Prices Have Dropped in These 9 Formerly Hot Markets
Rent Prices Have Dropped in These 9 Formerly Hot Markets

on February 24, 2021

It’s not just home prices that have been affected significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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