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.

Here’s How Much Your Peers Get in Social Security
Here’s How Much Your Peers Get in Social Security

on January 18, 2021

See how your Social Security benefits compare with those of other people your age.

19 Purchases You Should Avoid at Warehouse Clubs
19 Purchases You Should Avoid at Warehouse Clubs

on January 18, 2021

Warehouse stores are packed with good deals — but these products are not among them.

7 Dumb Mistakes That Cost Homebuyers Tons of Money
7 Dumb Mistakes That Cost Homebuyers Tons of Money

on January 18, 2021

Making any of these mistakes can effectively add five figures or more to the price you pay for a house.

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar
Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top Dollar

on January 15, 2021

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

Cutting Cable? These 5 New TV Services Launch in 2021
Cutting Cable? These 5 New TV Services Launch in 2021

on January 6, 2021

You have new streaming options for the new year.

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 January 1, 2021

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

10 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living
10 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living

on December 31, 2020

These U.S. counties offer retirees a chance to stretch their benefit checks while enjoying their golden years.

11 Survival Tips for Lottery Winners
11 Survival Tips for Lottery Winners

on December 29, 2020

Winning the money is just half of the game. Winners must have — or quickly set up — a strategy to stay sane, anonymous and solvent.

11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked
11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

and on December 26, 2020

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

The Minimum Wage in Every State in 2021
The Minimum Wage in Every State in 2021

on December 23, 2020

The federal minimum wage may not change in 2021, but many states have plans to increase their wage requirements.

Will Your Insurance Cover Riot Damages?
Will Your Insurance Cover Riot Damages?

on December 22, 2020

Your insurance will likely cover claims related to civil unrest, but only if you have the right policy.

9 Great Kid Gifts for $20 or Less
9 Great Kid Gifts for $20 or Less

on December 7, 2020

These ingenious presents will delight the youngsters in your life, and they won’t break the bank.

How Much Americans Spend on the 10 Biggest Holidays
How Much Americans Spend on the 10 Biggest Holidays

on November 24, 2020

How does your outlay compare?

The 13 Best Things to Buy at Warehouse Stores
The 13 Best Things to Buy at Warehouse Stores

on November 23, 2020

Warehouse stores save their best bargains for certain types of products. Here’s what to shop for at Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s and other club stores.

10 Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home
10 Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home

on November 23, 2020

Homeowning has its benefits. But there are compelling reasons — cost, for one — why renting may be smarter.

7 Other Retailers With Free Prescription Delivery
7 Other Retailers With Free Prescription Delivery

on November 18, 2020

Amazon’s new pharmacy is hardly the first to offer free shipping.

7 Things That Prove Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
7 Things That Prove Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

on November 13, 2020

These purchases can end up costing you more if you try to go the cheap route.

4 Credit Repair Company Lies — and How to Fix Your Score Without Help
4 Credit Repair Company Lies — and How to Fix Your Score Without Help

on November 5, 2020

Credit repair companies promise the sun and the moon, but they may instead be taking you for an expensive ride.

The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make
The 6 Worst Mortgage Mistakes You Can Make

on November 3, 2020

A house may be the most important purchase of your life. Don’t blow it by making one of these dumb mistakes.

5 Chains Offering Free Food on Election Day
5 Chains Offering Free Food on Election Day

on November 2, 2020

Get rewarded after doing your civic duty by collecting some free food from these chains on Tuesday.

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