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.

Costco warehouse club
9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

on September 27, 2022

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

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7 Unusual but Effective Ways to Declutter Your Home

on September 26, 2022

Tired of possessions weighing you down? Consider these methods.

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21 of the Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

on September 21, 2022

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

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4 Ways Medicare Advantage Would Improve Under New Bill

on September 20, 2022

More than 500 organizations support a bill that could make it easier for beneficiaries to receive care.

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19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store

on September 16, 2022

These household necessities are overpriced at the grocery store. Here’s where to get them cheaper.

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11 Free Things That Used to Cost Us Money

on September 12, 2022

Not everything is getting more expensive.

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15 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living

on September 2, 2022

If you don’t mind rural living, these counties can be ideal places to stretch your Social Security payments.

5 Ways to Earn Cash Back on Gas
5 Ways to Earn Cash Back on Gas

on August 22, 2022

If gas prices are taking a bite out of your budget, you may be able to get relief with one of these cash-back options.

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10 Guaranteed Ways to Retire Rich

on August 17, 2022

A little planning and a lot of self-discipline can put you on the path to wealth, even if your income is modest.

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7 Facts Most People Get Wrong About Social Security

on August 5, 2022

A survey finds that people misunderstand key provisions of the program.

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5 Unusual but Effective Tips to Stay Cool Without A/C

on August 1, 2022

Going without A/C during the summer can be miserable. But these unconventional tactics can actually help you cool down.

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11 of the Cheapest Places to Live in Florida

on July 19, 2022

Florida is pulling in new residents, but the sun and sand can be expensive. Try these cities for more affordable living.

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9 Investments Most Recommended by Financial Advisers

on June 29, 2022

Not sure where to put your money? Here are the investments most commonly recommended by advisers.

Frustrated man looking at bills online with his laptop and finding unexpected fees
16 Things That Used to Be Free but Now Cost Money

on June 29, 2022

At one time, these things were provided free of charge. If you want them now, you may have to open your wallet.

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Report: Some Medicare Plans Deny Valid Requests for Care

on June 20, 2022

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

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7 Dumb Mistakes That Cost Homebuyers Tons of Money

on June 9, 2022

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

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The 15 Best Things to Buy at Warehouse Stores

on May 30, 2022

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

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16 of the Worst Things to Buy at a Dollar Store

on May 27, 2022

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

Worried retirees reviewing finances
7 Dumb Ways Retirees Blow Their Savings

on May 27, 2022

You can make retirement money last a lot longer by avoiding these costly mistakes.

Senior woman earning grocery cash back rewards at the store
25 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

on May 26, 2022

You can use these money-saving tips immediately, whether at home or in the store.

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