Websites to Save Money

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Take advantage of websites to save money (besides this one).  I am constantly on the lookout for useful websites that save you money and you will find many throughout my book and blog posts.  Here are some recent finds.

https://wallethub.com/edu/credit-card-extended-warranty-study/25686/  – Most credit cards will extend the warranty of items you buy with their Card. This article provides useful information on taking advantage of this perk.  This is a much better option than paying for one of those extended warranties often offered by websites before you checkout.

https://www.joinhoney.com/ – I have often urged you to take advantage of coupon codes to get a discount when shopping online (http://www.financialguidetolife.com/?s=coupon+codes&submit=Search ) . Honey.com takes this a step further by automatically applying the “best” code for you without you having to remember to search.  It is an extension you add to your browser and is one of the relatively few extensions that work with Amazon.

https://www.momondo.com/ – My favorite website for the widest search for airline tickets.  There are many good websites that search airline tickets, some with more features, but this one seems to do the most thorough search.  But remember that some airlines like Southwest don’t appear in aggregators, so you should search their website directly.

Financial Issues for Women When They Marry

Let’s continue our series on special financial issues that may especially affect women.  When people marry, they still maintain a separate credit rating.  This will now be affected by accounts that are maintained separately as well as co-signed together.  When married women choose to apply for credit, they can do so under their maiden or married name.  Having a strong credit rating is not only important for getting joint or separate credit while married, but may be needed again if the marriage ends.

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Dealing With the Loss of a Spouse

When someone loses a spouse, he or she deals with intense feelings of grief. Despite this emotionally trying time, the widow or widower is left with a laundry list of things to complete, including creating a new budget, cancelling accounts, collecting benefits, and more. Having someone to help complete this list while dealing with the death of a spouse can be a lifesaver for anyone who is mourning, especially a senior.

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Financial Issues Women Face

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This article begins a new series on the special financial issues that women may face (but men will find it useful, too).  These special financial issues women face may include marriage, being out of the work force for child rearing, widowhood, and on average living longer than men.  All women need to be informed about the full range of financial issues.  Nearly all women will need to be financially independent at some point in their life when starting out, divorced, widowed, or having never married.  Let’s being with earnings.

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Four Advantages for Seniors Who Buy a HUD Home

Today’s guest post is from Jim Vogel at ElderAction.org who discusses four advantages for seniors who buy a HUD home.

If you are a senior who is in the market for a new home, you should consider buying a HUD home. HUD homes are those that were purchased using an FHA loan that then fall into foreclosure. While buying a HUD home is a little different from purchasing another type of foreclosed home, it is a fairly simple process that you can do on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. There are several advantages to buying a HUD home for seniors, and we highlight a few of them below.

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Investment Advice Time Horizon

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Stocks Go Up

In the wake of the recent stock market volatility, this post provides the most important investment advice you need to know.  First, remember that what goes up must come down.  Stock markets go both up and down.  This is easy to forget when markets have tripled since the recovery from the Great Recession began in 2008-9.  This rise has been even more pronounced since the latest Republican administration took office and promised massive tax cuts primarily to businesses and did in fact almost halve the corporate tax rates.  Based upon previous corporate tax cuts, most economists and investors assumed that most of the corporate tax cuts would be passed along to investors in the form of dividends and stock buy-backs which caused the U.S. stock markets to soar.

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Investing Fundamentals – Mutual Funds

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Let’s continue our series with investing fundamentals in a summary bullet format.  Here is a really quick summary of mutual funds.  Then review my more detailed articles for the areas that will help you invest wisely.

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Investing Basics

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I have introduced the basics of investing in the past.  Investing basics is such an important topic, that today, I’m providing the bullet version.  Review the brief version below, and then read my more in-depth posts on the topics you want more information for.  This will prepare you for more detailed investing topics I will provide in the coming weeks.

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How can you settle your debts to avoid collection calls?

Today’s guest post is from Patricia Sanders.

Debt collection lawsuits are on the rise. Around 12,000 collection lawsuits have been filed in the last few years. This number is up from 9300 in 2009. These often are the result of medical or credit card debts that many people are unable to pay off. Sometimes, financial hardship prevents you from making monthly payments on your debts. Soon, you start getting calls from collection agencies. The problem arises when you cannot pay the debts in full. One option is to consider a negotiation process with the collection agencies for debt settlement. In this process, creditors and/or collection agencies accept less than what you owe on your credit accounts. How can you negotiate the best debt settlement deals? Some simple tips are important when you negotiate.

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