Maryalene LaPonsie

After 13 years as a staffer for a Michigan legislator, I decided it was time to quit the commute and work from home instead. For the past three years, I’ve been penning articles on everything from personal finance to parenting, although politics remains my passion. I’m a numbers geek who loves helping others find the right balance between frugal finances and living life deeply. When I’m not writing, I’m busy trying to raise my and my late husband’s five children to be compassionate people, critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Upset senior worried about bills
Report: Some Medicare Plans Deny Valid Requests for Care

on May 17, 2022

A government review finds some Medicare Advantage plans may not be good for your health.

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6 Ways to Make Cheap Foods Taste Delicious

on April 25, 2022

Here are some ways to give less-expensive foods a flavor boost.

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15 Ways Retirees Can Stretch Their Savings

on April 25, 2022

Study these strategies to make your golden years gleam.

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10 Things That Can Ding Your Social Security Payments

on April 7, 2022

Here are several things that could mean less money in your pocket during retirement.

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21 of the Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

on April 5, 2022

Dollar stores have great bargains on both everyday and occasional purchases.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Not Buy a Home Right Now

on March 31, 2022

The real estate market has been sizzling, but don’t let fear of missing out lead you to make a bad decision.

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15 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value

on March 31, 2022

Beware these mistakes that can drive away potential buyers.

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14 Things That Are Free With Medicare

and on March 31, 2022

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

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6 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

on March 30, 2022

Make these mistakes, and it could cost your loved ones money and grief.

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7 Things You Should Not Include in Your Will

on March 29, 2022

These items don’t add much value to your will and could even be costly mistakes.

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10 Things You Need for Lifelong Financial Success

on March 28, 2022

Each of these products is essential to the financial stability you need through life’s ups and downs.

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7 Key Social Security Tips for People Who Haven’t Claimed Yet

on March 23, 2022

If you haven’t started taking your Social Security benefits yet, don’t make a move until you read this advice.

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17 Things to Stop Buying If You Want a Clutter-Free Home

on March 15, 2022

If you like to keep things simple, avoid these purchases.

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10 Surprising Things That Home Insurance Covers

on March 11, 2022

You probably don’t realize just how much protection the typical homeowners insurance policy offers.

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9 Tax Deductions You Can Claim Without Itemizing

on March 11, 2022

You don’t have to itemize to claim these deductions on your tax return.

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5 Ways Retirees Can Lower Their Inflation Risk

on March 8, 2022

Don’t run out of money in retirement due to rising prices. Understand this risk and learn to manage it.

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9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

on March 7, 2022

Are you missing out on serious savings at your favorite warehouse club?

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Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar

on March 4, 2022

Here’s where to get the best price for all your clutter.

9 Ways to Screw Up a Job Search When You’re 50 or Older
9 Ways to Screw Up a Job Search When You’re 50 or Older

on February 28, 2022

Finding a job in your 50s or 60s can be hard. Raise the odds of success by avoiding these mistakes.

Businessman studying technology jobs
The 10 Best Jobs in America for 2022

on February 17, 2022

If you’re looking to switch careers this year, these occupations score high on job satisfaction and earnings.

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