Miranda Marquit

I've been writing about money on the internet since 2005. My specialties include investing, retirement, and long-term financial planning. I have an M.A. in Journalism and an MBA. When not writing, I enjoy playing board games with my son, reading, travel, and the outdoors.

Unhappy homebuyers
8 Common and Costly Homebuying Myths

on July 27, 2021

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Don’t fall victim to these rookie mistakes.

Happy senior couple
3 Costly Social Security Mistakes That Women Make

on July 22, 2021

Women face unique challenges when planning for retirement. Making these mistakes can result in less income.

Happy senior couple
5 Times When It’s Smart to Claim Social Security Early

on June 29, 2021

Experts often recommend postponing claiming Social Security. But there are situations in which you should claim sooner.

Mother and child in backyard pool
9 Ways to Earn Extra Income With Your Home

on June 28, 2021

You might be surprised at how much money you could make off your property.

Woman shoe shopping in a thrift store
Never Buy These 11 Things at a Thrift Store

on June 25, 2021

Sometimes a great deal is not worth it — or, even worse, is dangerous.

Employer looking at a credit report
8 Types of Companies That Look at Your Credit Report

on June 10, 2021

Federal law lets these entities peek at your credit — regardless of whether you’re borrowing money.

Man taking a computer class at a library
Stop Buying These 11 Things That Are Free at Libraries

on June 4, 2021

Before you spend another dollar on items and services like these, check with your public library.

An upset woman is surprised while using a laptop computer
9 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping on Amazon

on June 4, 2021

Are you losing money due to any of these missteps?

Senior friends eating outdoors on a deck
11 Home Upgrades With the Best Payback in 2021

on June 1, 2021

These remodeling projects offer the best return on investment.

Early retiree
Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early

on May 28, 2021

Like the idea of financial independence? Part of the FIRE equation is cutting costs.

Couple reviewing tax documents
7 Words Every Taxpayer Needs to Know

on April 28, 2021

Terms like “AGI” and “refundable credit” aren’t just jargon. They directly affect how much you owe Uncle Sam.

Worried man
6 Groups Who Cannot Rely on Social Security Benefits

on April 27, 2021

If you fall into one of these groups, don’t assume that you will receive benefits.

Uninsured patient in a hospital room
16 States With the Worst Rates of Health Insurance

on March 30, 2021

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

Woman shocked by her tax rate
States With the Highest and Lowest Overall Tax Rates

on March 29, 2021

Your state’s effective tax rate includes a lot more than income taxes.

Happy senior couple enjoying retirement
26 States That Won’t Tax Your Social Security This Year

on February 25, 2021

These states don’t tax any residents’ Social Security income whatsoever.

President Joseph Biden
Americans’ Top 7 Retirement Priorities for Biden and Congress

on February 24, 2021

A survey reveals the concerns on the minds of today’s workers, and how they want the government to address them.

Man working on door
10 Hidden Homeowner Costs — and How to Slash Them

on February 16, 2021

Most of these expenses continue for as long as you own a home.

Couple planning their retirement
8 Key Steps to Planning for Retirement as a Couple

on February 11, 2021

Ready for retirement? Not so fast. You might be surprised at some of the issues that come up for couples when they plan.

Man calling his credit card company about a charge
6 Credit Card Costs You Should Never Pay

on January 28, 2021

All of these credit card costs are avoidable.

Man saving for retirement
7 Ways to Save for Retirement Without a 401(k)

on January 26, 2021

No 401(k), no problem: There are some overlooked alternatives that can help you build a nest egg.

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