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Social Security Numbers to be Jettisoned from Medicare Cards

At long last, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards. For any years the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare health insurance program, resisted pressure to make this change. In 2015, however, Congress passed the Medicare Access and ChiP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) requiring CMS to replace the […]

Buy Yourself Some Happiness

Money can’t buy you happiness, the old saying goes. But, maybe it can. Many studies have found money can create some happiness – depending on how you spend it.  Purchasing physical things for ourselves isn’t the ticket.  Any good feelings from the purchase wear off quickly, and we are left with just more stuff. To […]

What Happens to Debt When Your Loved One Dies?

What happens to a deceased person’s debt after he dies? His heirs may wonder whether they are responsible for the debt their loved one left behind. When a person passes away, she leaves an estate which is comprised of money in bank and investment accounts, cash, real estate, vehicles, household furnishings, and other financial or […]

Beyond the Family Home: Senior Housing Options Explained

Many elders desire to stay in their current homes. Seniors who choose to “age in place” can modify their homes to make them safer and accessible and hire home care services. Aging in place may not be desirable or feasible for everyone, however. Today, there are numerous senior housing alternatives available, and the terminology of […]

8 Ideas for Surviving Back-to-School Shopping (Without Taking out a Second Mortgage)

Do you have children heading back to school? Most families will spend a couple of hundred dollars on each child. If you have a college freshman, you may spend several hundred dollars. According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school and back-to-college spending ranks as the second biggest shopping season for retailers after the winter holidays. […]

Mind Over Money: Fascinating Insights Into the Psychology of Money

When your friends do a favor for you, should you pay them? When choosing a pain reliever, should you buy a name brand or the generic? If you are working as a waiter, how can you get a bigger tip? These questions are examined in Claudia Hammond’s book, Mind Over Money, The psychology of Money […]

Is It Worth Buying a Home Warranty?

Many people like to purchases warranties on big ticket items such as cars and appliances. Warranties are also available on homes. A home warranty is a type of insurance providing service, repair or replacement on specific items in a home such as heating, air conditioning, electrical systems, garbage disposals, built-in appliances, and plumbing. Contractors may […]

When Parents Reject Your Ideas

Trying to help parents with their finances can be frustrating. We may see clearly what we think our parents should do, yet they may refuse. When it comes to parents and their money, adult children need to tread lightly. Parents may resent their children’s interference. They may fear they will lose their independence. We need […]

Be Smart About Money This Week

This week is Money Smart Week®. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a national education campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year the dates are April 22 to 29. Money Smart Week is the collaboration of hundreds of organizations across the country […]