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Difference Between What Social Security is Supposed to Cover and What People Use It For

Here's an interesting piece from USA Today which compares the percentage of retirement income the government says Social Security should provide to how much it's actually used for. The details: Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 61% of retired workers count on their benefits to provide at least half of their monthly income. […]

Difference Between What Social Security is Supposed to Cover and What People Use It For

Here's an interesting piece from USA Today which compares the percentage of retirement income the government says Social Security should provide to how much it's actually used for. The details: Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) shows that 61% of retired workers count on their benefits to provide at least half of their monthly income. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of Aug 7

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. The White Coat Investor says executives are worse than doctors. ESI Money tells why wealth creation begins with frugality. Physician on Fire asks if a bear can take away your financial independence. Chief Mom Officer loves her 15-year mortgage. The Retirement Manifesto had a home sale explode. My purchase of the week was a Scosche RHYTHM […]

Eight Steps to Be Financially Healthy

Nerdwallet lists three steps to be financially healthy as follows: You can manage your day-to-day financial life You can absorb a financial shock You’re on track to meet your financial goals They then list eight behaviors that help as: You spend less than you earn. You pay bills on time. You have a decent emergency fund. You’re on track with retirement savings. […]

Eight Steps to Be Financially Healthy

Nerdwallet lists three steps to be financially healthy as follows: You can manage your day-to-day financial life You can absorb a financial shock You’re on track to meet your financial goals They then list eight behaviors that help as: You spend less than you earn. You pay bills on time. You have a decent emergency fund. You’re on track with retirement savings. […]

How To Protect Your Credit Score From Medical Collections

The following post is from FMF contributor Josh Erickson. It is painful to discover yet another medical bill when you check you mail, but it's even more painful when you discover how much all those unpaid medical bills are hurting your credit score. Your formerly good credit score could drop by as much as 100 points, all because of medical collections that show up on your report. […]

How To Protect Your Credit Score From Medical Collections

The following post is from FMF contributor Josh Erickson. It is painful to discover yet another medical bill when you check you mail, but it's even more painful when you discover how much all those unpaid medical bills are hurting your credit score. Your formerly good credit score could drop by as much as 100 points, all because of medical collections that show up on your report. […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of July 31

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Budgets are Sexy details ten moves that will skyrocket your net worth. Money Q and A offers five early retirement killers. ESI Money tells why $3 million is not enough to retire on. High Income Parents lists the magnificent seven investing decisions. The College Investor tells how to build a CD ladder. For my purchase of the week I'm con […]

Star Money Articles for the Week of July 31

Welcome to this week's edition of Star Money Articles. Budgets are Sexy details ten moves that will skyrocket your net worth. Money Q and A offers five early retirement killers. ESI Money tells why $3 million is not enough to retire on. High Income Parents lists the magnificent seven investing decisions. The College Investor tells how to build a CD ladder. For my purchase of the week I'm con […]

Top Ten Cities Where You Can Live Comfortably on Less than $60k

CNBC lists the top ten cities where you can live like a king for $60k as follows: 10. Louisville, Ky.9. Kansas City, Mo.8. Birmingham, Ala.7. Cincinnati6. St. Louis5. Indianapolis4. Cleveland3. Pittsburgh2. Memphis, Tenn.1. […]