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 Where Retirees Have the Biggest Social Security Benefit — and the Smallest

on October 9, 2023

Here’s a quick peek at the average Social Security benefit in both the upper fifth and bottom fifth of states.

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10 Countries Where Retirees Have the Best Quality of Life

on October 3, 2023

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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15 Surprising Things for Sale at Costco

on October 3, 2023

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

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20 Retirement Hot Spots With Great Health Care

on September 30, 2023

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

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

on September 28, 2023

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

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

on September 27, 2023

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

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12 Electric and Hybrid Vehicles That Get a $7,500 Tax Credit

on September 25, 2023

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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9 Places Where the Most Seniors Are Working

on September 19, 2023

Behind the growing senior workforce are trends such as long lifespans, low fertility rates, aging baby boomers, a labor shortage and the high cost of retirement.

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12 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

on September 14, 2023

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

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5 Ways Couples Can Maximize Credit Card Rewards

on September 12, 2023

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

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9 Signs You Aren’t Yet Ready To Retire

on September 12, 2023

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

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Here’s the Average Household Wealth at Every Age

on September 6, 2023

How do your savings, investments and other assets compare to those of your peers?

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12 Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make

on September 5, 2023

Avoid these common pitfalls so you can get top dollar for your property.

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15 Restaurant Chains With the Most Loyal Customers

on September 4, 2023

The ranking considers factors like cleanliness, service, quality, speed of service, menu appeal, brand sentiment, value and, of course, customer loyalty.

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7 Ways To Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

on September 4, 2023

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

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7 Tips To Boost Your Air Conditioner This Summer

on September 4, 2023

Make sure your AC runs as efficiently as possible if you want to stay cool and save money this summer.

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10 Keys to a Successful Freelance Career

on August 29, 2023

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

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8 Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Retirement

on August 29, 2023

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

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10 Places Where the Most Adults Live With Their Parents

on August 25, 2023

A quarter of Americans aged 25 to 34 live with their parents today, compared with just 9% in 1971.

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10 U.S. Destinations With the Most Frequent Deals on Airfare

on August 23, 2023

These places offer numerous opportunities to save on travel plans, with airfares sometimes below $60.

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