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Maurie Backman

Maurie Backman

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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.

Recent articles

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Gear Up for These Big Social Security Changes in 2022

Here's what you need to know about Social Security going into the new year.


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Here's How to 3X Your Retirement Savings

With the right strategy, you can turn your savings into an even more impressive sum.


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Enrolling in Medicare Advantage for the First Time? 3 Things You Need to Know

Joining an Advantage plan could benefit you, but it's important to know what you're signing up for.


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3 Reasons Social Security Shouldn't Be Your Only Retirement Income Source

If you retire with only Social Security to fall back on, you could end up struggling immensely.


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How to Squeeze Extra Money Out of Social Security

A higher payday could be yours -- if you play your cards right.

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3 Problems With 401(k)s You Should Know About

Before you put all of your long-term savings into a 401(k), you may want to consider other options.


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What Will Your Retirement Income Look Like if You Only Have Social Security?

Hint: You may not like the answer.


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This Retirement Savings Plan Is Off the Table for Me -- but You Should Take Advantage of It

Losing out on this savings option is a major blow. If it's available to you, take it.


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2 Common Social Security Fears -- and How to Overcome Them

If these concerns are causing you stress, here's what to do.


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Here's How to Retire a Millionaire by Saving $500 a Month

Believe it or not, you don't need to sock away thousands of dollars every month to amass $1 million or more in time for retirement.

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Social Security Recipients Could Get $92 Richer Per Month in 2022 -- Maybe

Next year's cost-of-living adjustment is the largest in decades, but that doesn't tell the whole story.


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3 Signs You Need a New Medicare Part D Plan

Enrolled in Medicare? Now's the time to look at changing your prescription coverage.


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The Most Important Retirement Table You'll Ever See

These numbers could be a real eye-opener.


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Do All States Treat Social Security Income the Same?

If you plan to rely heavily on Social Security during retirement, here's what you need to know.


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3 Reasons Your Social Security Benefits Might Shrink

You may be surprised at the different factors that can cause your benefits to take a hit.

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91% of HSA Participants Make This Glaring Mistake

Here's how to avoid falling into a similar trap.


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4 Things to Look For in a Medicare Advantage Plan This Year

Open enrollment is upon us. Here are some key tips for choosing a Medicare Advantage plan.


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5 Good Reasons to Save in an HSA

This versatile savings plan should not be overlooked.


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Social Security's 5.9% Raise Isn't All Good News

Next year, seniors will get their largest raise in decades. But that's actually a mixed bag.


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71% of Medicare Enrollees Make This Huge Mistake

Are you making it, too?