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.

7 Ways to Get Your FICO Credit Score for Free
7 Ways to Get Your FICO Credit Score for Free

on April 14, 2021

You no longer need to pay for a look at this widely used credit score.

It’s Worth Spending More on These 14 Purchases
It’s Worth Spending More on These 14 Purchases

on April 13, 2021

Here’s where to find the sweet spot at the intersection of price and quality.

12 Features That Can Make Your Home Sell Faster
12 Features That Can Make Your Home Sell Faster

on April 7, 2021

Homebuyers want these features most of all.

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

on March 30, 2021

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

10 Things That Can Ding Your Social Security Payments
10 Things That Can Ding Your Social Security Payments

on March 30, 2021

Here are 10 things that could mean less money in your pocket during retirement.

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

on March 29, 2021

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

How to Pick the Best Medicare Supplement Plan in 4 Steps
How to Pick the Best Medicare Supplement Plan in 4 Steps

on March 25, 2021

Here is a step-by-step guide to Medigap plans.

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

on March 25, 2021

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

7 Ways to Ensure You Never Have Enough Money to Retire
7 Ways to Ensure You Never Have Enough Money to Retire

on March 25, 2021

Make these errors, and the task of retiring goes from “difficult” to “impossible.”

12 Expenses You May Be Tempted to Claim as Tax Deductions — but Shouldn’t
12 Expenses You May Be Tempted to Claim as Tax Deductions — but Shouldn’t

on March 24, 2021

Claiming these tax breaks could be a costly mistake.

9 Tax Deductions Anyone Can Claim
9 Tax Deductions Anyone Can Claim

on March 23, 2021

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

10 Surprising Things That Home Insurance Covers
10 Surprising Things That Home Insurance Covers

on March 22, 2021

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

8 of the Worst Things to Buy at a Dollar Store
8 of the Worst Things to Buy at a Dollar Store

on March 2, 2021

Not everything sold at dollar stores is a great bargain or a safe purchase.

9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

on February 26, 2021

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

9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value
9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value

on February 25, 2021

Homeowners, beware these mistakes that can drive away potential buyers.

14 Stores With the Best Return Policies
14 Stores With the Best Return Policies

on February 24, 2021

When you shop, it’s smart to plan for purchases that might not work out. These stores make returns easy.

21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

on February 23, 2021

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

19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store
19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store

on February 23, 2021

These household necessities are overpriced at the grocery store. Get them cheaper at these places instead.

8 Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Pay Taxes
8 Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Pay Taxes

on February 17, 2021

IRS penalties can range from the mildly costly to the truly horrific.

New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind
New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind

on February 17, 2021

Tech startups are making it easy to find the best rates for all kinds of insurance policies.

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