Marilyn Lewis

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

Rochester, NY
10 U.S. Counties With the Highest Property Taxes

on May 8, 2023

Here’s a chance to stack your property tax rate against the very highest in the country.

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10 Places Where House Flipping Is Most Profitable

on May 4, 2023

Flippers’ profits have been shrinking, and annual profit margins are at their lowest since 2008.

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7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply

on April 26, 2023

Is your pantry well-prepared for emergencies? Knowing what to stock up on for emergencies can be a difficult task, but we’re here to help.

man shocked by price of car
10 Cars That Cost More Used Than New

on April 19, 2023

The average lightly used car is priced at 8.1% less than new versions, a big improvement over a year ago. But these models are exceptions.

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8 Ways to Use Google Maps You Might Not Know

on April 17, 2023

This popular map program is so woven into daily life that you may not give it much thought. But these tips may surprise you.

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The 5 Best and 5 Worst Places for Electric Vehicles

on March 30, 2023

These metro areas have the most (or fewest) EV chargers per resident.

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7 Dieting Tips That Are Practically Useless

on March 22, 2023

Crazy diet advice is as American as apple pie.

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6 Ways to Get Help With Medicare Expenses

on March 20, 2023

Do you qualify for any of these plans or programs that help pay for Medicare costs?

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How to Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement for Taxes

on February 4, 2023

Social Security recipients can’t file their taxes without this form. Here’s how to get a copy of yours.

upset senior citizen
4 Pitfalls for New Medicare Enrollees

and on February 3, 2023

Medicare’s rules are exacting, and penalties can be stiff and sometimes permanent.

Small house
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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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.

Homebuyer couple talking to realtor
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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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.

Federal Reserve
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.

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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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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