Here we are again in the final quarter of the year when thoughts turn to Thanksgiving and Christmas and… reviewing your financial house. Oh, that’s not on your list? Well, let’s put it there because financial issues cannot be on automatic pilot. Things change and you need to keep...
Not long ago, my brother-in-law told his doctor that one of his medicines didn’t seem to be working as well as it had in the past. The doctor prescribed something new. The old medication cost about $20. The new prescription was $232. My brother-in-law had to pay the entire...
Like everything else in the United States, soaring inflation is pushing the cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 to astronomical heights.   The Wall Street Journal commissioned the Brookings Institute to find out just how expensive it is to raise a child now. Brookings looked at average...
President Joe Biden’s decision to forgive up to $10,000 on millions of student loans has been praised by some and criticized by others—not a surprise to anyone who pays attention to politics. But there is a possible surprise no one thought about or expected during all the political wrangling.   Usually,...
Medicare. The government defines it as “The federal health insurance program for people 65 and older.” That seems simple enough. But there’s more to it than meets the eye because Medicare, like so many other things, has fine print that could end up costing you a lot of money...
For months we’ve heard stories about record-high inflation not seen in the United States in more than 40 years. There’s been a plethora of reports about skyrocketing grocery prices, fuel prices, food shortages, and the doubling of power and utility bills. People talk constantly about the way inflation is...
The clock is ticking and it gets louder the closer you get to the magic age of 65. That’s when you sign up for Medicare. But there’s more than one way to receive Medicare coverage.   There are Medicare Advantage plans, sometimes referred to as all-in-one plans, because they provide medical...
Ouch! The worst inflation in more than 40 years is inflicting pain on virtually every American, effecting their families, their budgets and their decisions.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture says inflation at the grocery store is 10.4% from June 2021 to June 2022. 41% of shoppers are now buying store...
You’re planning for retirement. You’ve got visions of what you want it to be—the traveling you’ll do, taking up a hobby you’ve never had time for, volunteering with a charity that’s dear to your heart. You’ve got a comprehensive plan that accounts for retirement income, taxes, and even things...
What a crazy housing market! Skyrocketing prices, no haggling on the asking price, and bidding wars that create offers way above the asking price. It’s almost become a national pastime waiting for the monthly Zillow estimate to arrive to see what your home is worth now. Yes, if you’re...