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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14 Things That Are Free With Medicare

and on December 6, 2023

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

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5 Medicare Marketing Tactics That Are Red Flags

on November 23, 2023

Insurers and brokers selling Medicare plans desperately want your business – and some employ shady practices to get it.

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The 10 Most Affordable Places for Homebuyers

on November 17, 2023

If you are in the market for a new home, these cities get high marks for affordability in a recent ranking.

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10 Dumb Ways Retirees Blow Their Savings

on November 17, 2023

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

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Here’s the Average Social Security Benefit at Every Age

on November 10, 2023

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

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6 Tough Money Questions To Ask Yourself Today

on November 2, 2023

If you can’t answer these money questions, then you may need to change your approach to finances.

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10 Foods That Might Help Fight Off Dementia

on October 31, 2023

What you eat could help slow or avoid the mental decline associated with dementia.

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9 Spooky Things That Can Hurt Your Home’s Value

on October 27, 2023

It’s downright frightening how these things could affect a property’s sale price.

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10 Things That Can Ding Your Social Security Payments

on October 23, 2023

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

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7 Different Types of Medicare Enrollment Periods

on October 14, 2023

Seniors have several opportunities to sign up for and switch Medicare plans.

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12 Habits Happy People Use To Make Life Better

on October 12, 2023

If you want to walk through life with a smile on your face, try these habits on for size.

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9 Ways To Screw Up a Job Search When You’re 50 or Older

on October 9, 2023

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

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10 Growing Jobs That Pay Over $100,000

on October 7, 2023

If you are looking for a career change, these occupations are expected to have strong growth and pay well too.

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15 States Where Many People Go Without Any Health Insurance

on September 21, 2023

These are the states with the biggest share of residents who reported having no health coverage at all.

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13 States That Still Tax Groceries

and on September 19, 2023

Residents of these states pay a tax rate of as much as 7% on food.

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The 5 Worst Domestic Airlines — and the Best Ones

on September 14, 2023

Planning a trip? There are several airlines you may want to avoid when booking a flight.

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19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store

on September 1, 2023

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

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16 Things That Used To Be Free but Now Cost Money

on August 30, 2023

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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7 Mistakes Guaranteed To Ruin Your Retirement

on August 28, 2023

Make even one of these money mistakes, and you might end up eating ramen noodles in your golden years.

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7 Ways to Ensure You Never Have Enough Money to Retire

on August 9, 2023

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

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