Marilyn Lewis

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

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7 Kirkland Signature Items To Avoid at Costco

and on August 21, 2023

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s house-brand products, they are not always a bargain.

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7 of the Best Places for Retiring in California

on August 21, 2023

It’s never too early to think about where to retire, and the Golden State, while expensive, still beckons to many.

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How To Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck in 8 Steps

on August 15, 2023

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

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6 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Home in Retirement

on August 14, 2023

A little knowledge helps you overcome key obstacles when buying new digs during your golden years.

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8 Tips To Retire Comfortably on Social Security Alone

on July 27, 2023

It’s never too early to start learning how to live well while living on less.

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8 Social Security Myths That Can Cost You in Retirement

on July 19, 2023

What many people think they know about collecting retirement benefits is just plain wrong.

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The 7 U.S. Counties With the Oldest Residents

on July 10, 2023

Why is the U.S. graying? Blame it on our low national birth rate, which has declined steadily over the past couple of decades.

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The 10 Most Popular Home Upgrades for Aging in Place

on July 7, 2023

Why do some of these upgrades get so much attention? In a word: Safety. A few million older people visit emergency rooms annually for injuries from falls.

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32 Products You Should Always Buy Generic

on July 6, 2023

These no-name products are at least as good as the branded competitors — and nearly always cheaper.

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12 Ways to Lower Your Cooling Costs This Summer

on July 4, 2023

With the right window coverings, insulation and more, you can be more comfortable for less money.

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The Best Day of the Week to Go Grocery Shopping

on June 30, 2023

Here’s how to plan your grocery shopping trip so that it suits your particular needs.

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10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

on June 29, 2023

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success in your golden years.

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10 Financial Perks of Getting Older

on June 27, 2023

You’ve probably heard of senior discounts, but did you know that your age might earn you an exemption from jury duty?

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22 Mistakes That Send Energy Bills Soaring

and on June 19, 2023

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

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This Homemade Meal Is Cheap, Healthful and Requires No Cooking

on June 6, 2023

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

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The 10 Smartphones Hardest to Repair on Your Own

on June 6, 2023

It took 60.3 minutes on average to repair the device that’s the worst in this lineup.

Panicking woman driving a car and clutching steering wheel on the highway
8 of the Most Dangerous Roads in America

on June 6, 2023

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

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8 Ways You Are Wrecking Your Major Appliances

on May 19, 2023

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

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33 Home Upgrades That Cost Less Than $100

and on May 17, 2023

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

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13 Signs That You Chose the Wrong Place to Retire

on May 15, 2023

Health and happiness in retirement rely on some key factors.

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