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Just Say Yes! Part I

“Here, try this.” “Oh, no thanks. That’s ok. I’m good.” It’s so easy to say “No” to new things. We get comfortable in our lifestyle, our viewpoints, and in our expectations. Trying something new just upsets the applecart. And who wants to do that? We have our favorite hangouts, the foods we like the most, […]

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Retirement Age Baby Boomers Reject Having Living Wills

Do you have a living will? According to a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com, as many as 64 percent of baby boomers, including those of retirement age do not have a living will. Do not to confuse a living will with a living trust. A living will or advanced directive is […]

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Need Social Security Information: Go Online First

It used to be that if you wanted social security information, you had to head towards your nearest SSI office. Not anymore. In an effort to meet the needs of the onslaught of retirement-age baby boomers, Social Security online services are improving. Do you want to find out what benefits you may be eligible? There […]

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What to do With Your Money Now

Millions of Americans each year are entering into a dramatically different phase of their financial lives. As they transition from full-time work into retirement, they are moving from “accumulation” – building wealth through savings in their working years – to “distribution,” drawing on savings for income they can rely on for the rest of their […]

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Briefcase to Backpack: New Retirement Options

It has been 22 years since we exchanged our briefcases for backpacks and as it has turned out, it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Trading an office for the world, opening our minds instead of books, and swapping sandwich lunches for global cuisine, what an experience it has been! The fine people, intriguing […]

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Finances for Couples: Tips for Money Management

Financial disagreements are the greatest predictor of divorce in a couple. In fact, financial issues can put a greater strain on a relationship in retirement. Tips for money management and financial communication can be an important aspect of the retirement transition. If you haven’t already, create a household budget planner. Discuss the budget together and […]

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Home Emergency Kit

The New Year is a great time to go through basic routines, such as checking smoke alarms batteries and updating your home emergency kit. No one likes to think of being in an emergency that requires basic survival, but we watch thousands of people every year on television that face a disaster. Experts recommend you be […]

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Five Minute Artisan Bread

Nothing smells or tastes better than homemade bread fresh from the oven. While I never considered myself much of a baker, a couple of times a year, I’d make bread for my family. Now that it’s just my husband and me, it seems like a lot of work and excess bread just for the two […]

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Is Being Frugal Worth It?

Have you embraced frugal living? Many people have cut back and searched for easy ways to save money. Is being frugal worth it? Have you taken the time to think about the costs versus benefits of living frugal. A few years ago, I wanted to raise tomatoes. While the product was much better than those […]

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Manage Health Care Costs

As life expectancies increase and people spend more years in retirement, money set aside to pay for health care will have to last longer as well. Factoring in health care expenses has become a critical part of retirement planning. Steps you can take to help manage your health care cost should help to ease your […]

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