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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13 Features That Can Make Your Home Sell Faster in 2024

on April 12, 2024

Homebuyers want these features most of all.

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It’s Worth Spending More on These 14 Purchases

on April 12, 2024

Going for the cheapest price isn’t the smartest move on these items.

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10 Things You Need for Lifelong Financial Success

on April 8, 2024

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

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6 Ways to Make Cheap Foods Taste Delicious

on April 3, 2024

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

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

on March 29, 2024

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

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14 Surprising Things That Expire — or Become Dangerous

and on March 25, 2024

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

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7 Things Every Woman Should Know About Social Security

on March 15, 2024

Social Security is a gender-neutral program, but here’s a look at factors that may be especially pertinent to women.

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11 Huge Retirement Costs That Are Often Overlooked

and on March 12, 2024

Does your retirement budget account for all of these costs?

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8 Things Costco Members Can Get for Free

on March 11, 2024

Your Costco membership comes with a variety of free services and perks that can save you money.

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The 10 Best Places to Retire in Europe, Ranked for Affordability

on March 6, 2024

A recent ranking reveals the best European countries for retirees. But which is most affordable?

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9 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid at Costco

on March 5, 2024

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

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12 Tax Deductions You Can Claim Without Itemizing

on February 26, 2024

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

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5 Ways the IRS Can Fine You

on February 14, 2024

How could you end up owing the IRS a penalty? There are more reasons than you might realize.

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18 Great Warm and Sunny Places To Retire in the U.S.

on February 10, 2024

You don’t need to leave the country to find the perfect warm and sunny retirement spot.

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10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Live a Long Life

on February 9, 2024

If you want to hit age 100, kick these habits to the curb ASAP.

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9 Reasons Renting Is Better Than Buying a Home

on February 5, 2024

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

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21 of the Best Things to Buy at the Dollar Store

on February 2, 2024

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

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7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

on January 31, 2024

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

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9 Awful Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Pay Your Taxes

on January 30, 2024

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

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6 Facts Most People Get Wrong About Social Security

on January 29, 2024

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

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