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.

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9 Surprising Things That Car Insurance Covers

on October 22, 2021

How many of these covered costs did you know about?

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6 Myths About Retirement, Debunked

on October 20, 2021

You could be in for an unpleasant surprise if you have any of these misconceptions.

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13 Ways to Sharpen Your Memory at Any Age

on September 29, 2021

Research shows that these simple actions can help keep your mind in shape.

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10 Places Where Social Security Offers the Best Standard of Living

on September 28, 2021

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

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19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store

on September 24, 2021

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

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21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

on September 23, 2021

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

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11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

and on September 23, 2021

Some common items do go bad — or worse — even if you thought they would last forever.

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9 Hidden Ways to Get More Out of Amazon

on September 22, 2021

You don’t have to be a Prime member to take advantage of these little-known perks of shopping on Amazon.

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12 Features That Can Make Your Home Sell Faster

on September 21, 2021

Homebuyers want these features most of all.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

on September 16, 2021

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

Unhappy older worker
7 Ways to Ensure You Never Have Enough Money to Retire

on September 2, 2021

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

6 Things Many Americans Get Wrong About Social Security
6 Things Many Americans Get Wrong About Social Security

on August 24, 2021

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

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7 Unusual But Effective Ways to Declutter Your Home

on August 18, 2021

Tired of possessions weighing you down? Consider these methods.

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19 Purchases You Should Avoid at Warehouse Clubs

on August 18, 2021

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

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10 Free Things That Used to Cost Us Money

on August 17, 2021

Not everything is getting more expensive.

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How to Save Up to 70% on 7 Everyday Purchases

on August 17, 2021

Stop getting sucked into paying a premium when good alternatives are available at huge savings.

25 Ways to Spend Less on Food
25 Ways to Spend Less on Food

on August 12, 2021

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

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7 Dumb Ways Retirees Blow Their Savings

on August 5, 2021

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

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16 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

on August 3, 2021

You can find a career with a good salary — without having to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

on August 2, 2021

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

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