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.

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6 Credit Card Costs You Should Never Pay

on January 28, 2021

All of these credit card costs are avoidable.

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The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family in 2021

on January 26, 2021

These states have big advantages or disadvantages when it comes to choosing a home for your family.

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5 Tax Mistakes to Avoid in Retirement

on January 25, 2021

Even great savers can reduce their retirement income by making these mistakes.

10 Jobs That Cause the Most Illness and Injury
10 Jobs That Cause the Most Illness and Injury

on December 28, 2020

You might be surprised by some of these hazardous occupations.

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6 Surprising Benefits of Not Retiring When Your Spouse Does

on December 28, 2020

Couples can reap substantial rewards by staggering their retirement timing.

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7 Things You Should Do Before Claiming Social Security

on December 28, 2020

To get the most out of your Social Security retirement benefits, you have to think ahead.

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23 Holiday Items You Should Buy at Dollar Stores

on December 12, 2020

Stay well within your budget with these great tips for over-the-top holiday gifts, baking supplies, party gear and seasonal decorations.

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6 Ways to Sell Your Clutter Safely

on December 4, 2020

These websites will pay you for your unwanted items — no need to meet a buyer in person.

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6 Household Products That Cost $500 a Gallon — or More

on September 25, 2020

These everyday items may seem reasonably priced at first glance. But get ready to be shocked by the unit price.

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States That Depend Most and Least on Federal Funding

on September 14, 2020

Some states and their residents rely more heavily on the federal government than others. Where is your state on this list?

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The Top 9 Ways Americans Are Spending Their Stimulus Money

on September 9, 2020

Federal data reveals how Americans used or plan to use their coronavirus stimulus payments.

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The 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs of This Decade

on September 9, 2020

Many of these jobs pay well, too.

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The Top 10 Reasons Baby Boomers Are in Debt

on September 7, 2020

The most common type of debt among older adults might surprise you.

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8 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Savings During the Pandemic

on August 24, 2020

Be fierce in guarding your retirement savings. Years from now you’ll be thankful you did.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Finances From Home Today

on July 29, 2020

Take these actions to better manage your money during the pandemic.

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3 Good Things About Recessions

on June 29, 2020

We don’t wish difficulty on anyone, but there can be an upside to a down cycle.

Earn a Better Return on Your Cash While Doing Good With This Account
Earn a Better Return on Your Cash While Doing Good With This Account

on June 22, 2020

This account offers cash back on purchases, a better interest rate than the national average and a way to be more socially responsible with your money.

The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities in America — and 5 That Shrank
The 15 Fastest-Growing Cities in America — and 5 That Shrank

on June 4, 2020

One state especially has more than its share of rapid growth.

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The 10 States With the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions

on May 27, 2020

Sick of being locked up with nowhere to go? Try visiting one of these states, which have the fewest COVID restrictions.

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3 Ways a Health Savings Account Can Improve Your Finances

on May 26, 2020

Open an HSA in minutes to help you save on taxes, cover medical expenses and grow your retirement nest egg.

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