Helping Mom apply for Social Security — More complicated than it needs to be?

My mother turned seventy a couple of weeks ago. This means a couple of things: First, she’s reached the age at which she can receive maximum retirement benefits from Social Security. Second, it’s time for...

Your College's Recommended Student Loan Payment Option Could Put You Even Further in Debt

Image: Faustin Tuyambaze on UnsplashStudent loan repayment options pushed by colleges could be doubling or even tripling the amount borrowers owe, according to a report from CNBC.According to the Government Accountability Office,...

How to Gift a 529 College Savings Account

Image: Element5 Digital on UnsplashYou don’t have children of your own, but you’d like to help your friends’ kids pay for college. Here’s what you need to know about gifting a 529...

Get the Money Wells Fargo Owes You Before the Claim Deadline Passes

Photo: Matt Rourke/APAs you may recall, banking giant Wells Fargo was involved in a fraud scandal in 2016 that led to a class action settlement worth almost $150 million.If you were affected...

401(k) Fees You Need to Know

Image: rawpixel on UnsplashWhen selecting a retirement plan to invest in, you need to consider your objective, the risks associated with different funds and how those funds perform over the long term....

Your 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Just Changed (Again)

You can contribute up to $6,900 in your Health Savings Account (HSA) this year, after the IRS reversed a decision it made in March that capped contributions at $6,850.That’s the family contribution level....

The high cost of homeownership

This week, Kim and I hired a contractor for what we hope will be the last major project on the “country cottage” we bought last summer. We’re replacing our rotting back deck and...

What Are Small, Everyday Habits That Have Made a Big Difference in Your Financial...

Solid money management requires more than just making your own coffee, but there are plenty of small things we do everyday that contribute to our overall financial health in significant ways.One I’ve written...

Reminder: You Can Buy Sunscreen and SPF Moisturizer With Your FSA/HSA Money

Photo: Ali Morshedlou on UnsplashIt’s 90 degrees in New York, which means people are finally shedding their parkas and drab black winter clothing for slightly-less drab black summer clothing. And with...

What Happens to Your Debts When You Die

Image: PixabayOf the many downsides of death you could name, you might think an upside is that you no longer have to worry about the massive pile of debt you’ve accumulated over...

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