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Busting the Top 10 Medicare Myths

Healthcare is one of the single most expensive and important parts of your retirement. Most Americans don’t fully understand how Medicare works. Misunderstandings surrounding Medicare can be costly, so here are 10 of the most common Medicare myths. It’s checkup for your health and your money. Myth 1 – Medicare and Medicaid are the Same Thing They sure sound alike, but Medicare and Medicaid are actually two totally different programs. Medicare is a federal program that provides insurance to people ages 65 and older. Some people with disabilities or people who are on dialysis may also qualify for coverage. Since…

Best Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations on a Budget

It’s time to dust off your luggage and pack up the family for a spring break getaway. Luckily, making great memories doesn’t need to break the bank. We’ve hunted down six of the best family-friendly spring break destinations to visit on a budget. We focused on locations boasting: availability of flights high-value lodging, and plenty of inexpensive family activities. Here are our top six picks for the best family-friendly spring break destinations to visit on a budget. Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona checks all the boxes of a great family-friendly spring break destination. Warm weather and outdoor activities, including plenty of…

10 Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills This Winter

With the chilly winter months here in many parts of the country, it’s a perfect time to assess how to save money and stay warm. A good place to start is by running an energy audit to determine where you spend the most energy dollars. In the meantime, there also are other things you can do to get through the winter without siphoning your savings. Turn Down The Heat Even if you love feeling toasty in the winter, consider regulating your thermostat by dropping it a few degrees and wearing a sweater inside your home. Energy Star offers free advice…

Disaster Strikes Your Second Home: Are You Prepared?

Once you decide you’re financially ready to buy a vacation home, one important step is insuring your new pad. It’s different than buying insurance for a primary residence. Factors such as where it’s located, who stays there and what amenities are available will help determine your home insurance needs. Your Vacation Home Versus Mother Nature For many people, the whole idea of a vacation home is to be closer to a sandy beach or among the crisp mountain air. That perfect location for rest and relaxation may come with some additional insurance costs. Hurricane season and intense rainstorms underscore the…

Top 7 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Medicare

Cake. Balloons. Medicare?! Your 65 birthday represents a milestone in your retirement. When you turn 65 it’s your golden opportunity to select a Medicare plan to meet your needs. Medicare may seem complicated at first glance, but it doesn’t have to be. The help of a knowledgeable SelectQuote agent removes uncertainty when shopping for Medicare. He or she will simplify the process for your current and long-term healthcare needs. When purchasing your Medicare plan, it’s important to consider the plan premium and the value it provides. “Think about your healthcare long term,” advised David Perlberg, a licensed SelectQuote insurance sales…

What to Know About Retiring at 62 Versus Retiring at 70

Ah, retirement. That long-awaited life stage when all your hours of working, saving and family-raising efforts finally pay off. You’ll be free to travel, spend time with friends and family and enjoy the hobbies you never had time for. No worries, no stress, nobody to answer to. Except, without careful planning that scenario could be a fantasy. A 2017 Ipsos/USA Today poll found 45- to 65-year-olds surveyed, 30 percent had less than $100,000 in savings. Another 30 percent had no savings at all. No matter how much money you have invested for your retirement, deciding when to make the leap…

Home Mortgage: What’s the Difference Between Being Preapproved and Prequalified

Fall is an ideal time to shop for a new home. The market has quieted from the frenzy of spring and summer real estate activity. And prices may be lower, as sellers work to close a deal before the traditionally slow market during the holidays. Before you engage a real estate agent or spend a weekend visiting open houses, do a little homework so you’ll be ready to find your next home. A crucial task is assessing how likely you are to get approved for the mortgage amount you may seek. You’ll hear the terms preapproved and prequalified. Both have…

Renting Cars Through an App and How It Impacts Insurance

Most cars stay parked more than they roam the road throughout most of their lifetimes. Seems like a waste. What if, simply by using an app, you could not only get additional use from your car, but also make a little money on the side? Perhaps to help finance the payments or insurance, take a trip or just to save some extra cash? Copying business models similar to those of Uber and Airbnb, peer-to-peer car-sharing services use apps to make this happen for folks across North America and the world. What do you need to know about any rules, regulations…

When to Use Your Emergency Fund

You never know when an unplanned financially disaster may strike. Having money set aside for the hard times means you can worry less during the good times. What’s an Emergency Fund? An emergency fund is a savings account set aside to cover your expenses in the event of a personal financial dilemma. Your emergency fund offers a safety net and helps reduce the need to accrue interest debt through credit cards or loans. How Much Should You Have in Your Emergency Fund? Financial experts have varying views on how much you should squirrel away in case of an emergency. Some…

A Debt-Free College Degree? Yes, It’s Still Possible

Chances are your Facebook feed is lined with cute pictures of the first day of school. And everywhere you turn, there’s a back-to-school promotion. Too bad there aren’t any sales on college education. Quite the opposite, in fact. The average cost of tuition, room and board at American four-year colleges has more than doubled in the past 20 years, while the Consumer Price Index rose only 35 percent. With average costs at $11,970 (public 2-year), $20,770 (in-state public 4-year), $36,420 (out-of-state public 4-year) and $46,950 (private 4-year) per year, it’s no wonder Americans carry a larger student loan debt burden…

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