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Maurie Backman

Maurie Backman


Maurie Backman is a personal finance writer who's passionate about educating others. Her goal is to make financial topics interesting (because they often aren't) and she believes that a healthy dose of sarcasm never hurt anyone. In her somewhat limited spare time, she enjoys playing in nature, watching hockey, and curling up with a good book.

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Good News: You Get More Time to Fund Your 2019 HSA

Here's why it pays to make those contributions.


3 Tax Tips in the Time of Coronavirus

Just because we're grappling with a pandemic doesn't mean taxes go away. Here are a few tips for navigating your filing this year.

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Can Social Security Beneficiaries Get a Stimulus Check?

Being on Social Security won't prevent you from collecting a stimulus payment -- but that's not the whole story.

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You Can Now Raid Your Retirement Plan Early Without Penalty -- But Should You?

Taking an early retirement plan withdrawal has its consequences.


Laid Off During the COVID-19 Crisis? 4 Things You Can Do to Boost Your Job Prospects

The steps you take in the coming weeks or months could improve your chances of getting hired again quickly.

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This Simple Move Could Score You a Higher Stimulus Payment

At a time when money is tight for so many people, it pays to eke out as much of a windfall as possible.


63% of Americans Anticipate a Major Recession. Here's How to Gear Up

Preparing for a recession is a good way to buy yourself some much-needed peace of mind.

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The COVID-19 Stock Market Crash Makes a Good Case for Delaying Social Security

Here's a new reason to hold off on filing for benefits.

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Ask Yourself These 3 Important Questions Before Retiring

Gearing up to leave the workforce? Don't do it until you have a solid plan.

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5 Things Americans Would Do if Their Student Debt Got Cancelled

<p>Imagine no longer having to pay your student loans. What would that do for your life?</p>

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Need Money in the COVID-19 Crisis? Here’s How Social Security Could Serve as a Short-Term Loan

It may be possible for you to effectively borrow money by claiming Social Security and then undoing your benefits afterward.

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57% of Americans Worry the Worst Is Yet to Come for the Stock Market

Could stock values sink even lower? More than half of U.S. adults think so.

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Lost Your Health Insurance During the COVID-19 Crisis? Here Are Your Options

You can't afford to go without health coverage right now. Consider these four solutions.

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Here's How Americans Plan to Use Their Stimulus Checks

Do your plans look similar?

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Nearly 50% of Americans Don't Have Enough Emergency Savings to Get Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Emergency cash is crucial for times like these, and unfortunately, many people don't have it.

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What to Do -- and What Not to Do -- With Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check

Money might be coming your way. Here's how to manage it.

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If the COVID-19 Crisis Doesn't End Soon, 30% of Americans Won't Manage to Cover Their Bills

Here are four steps to consider in that situation.

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Social Security Benefits Won't Be Impacted by COVID-19 -- so Don't Be Fooled Into Thinking They Will

Now's not the time to fall victim to a scam.

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How to Further Your Career During the COVID-19 Crisis

Being stuck at home offers a real opportunity to develop skills and get better at what you do.

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Need Money Right Now? These Moves Will Get You Your Tax Refund Sooner

Here's how to get your cash from the IRS as quickly as possible.