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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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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?

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2022's Social Security Raise Could Come With This Sneaky Surprise

Social Security benefits are going up next year, but that could end up hurting some seniors.


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Retiring This Year? 3 Financial Moves to Check Off Your List

You may want to wrap up your career by the end of 2021, but be sure to tackle these items first.


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Social Security Benefits Are Getting a 5.9% Raise for 2022

It's the most substantial raise seniors will have gotten in decades.


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3 Essential Tax Moves to Make Before the End of the Year

You can lower your IRS burden for the year if you take these key steps now.


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4 Changes to Social Security You Probably Didn't Know

Did you catch any of these changes that hit this year?

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Could You Live on the Average Monthly Social Security Benefit?

Think you'll manage solely on Social Security? That paycheck may be lower than you'd expect.


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Why S&P 500 Index Funds Are a Skittish Investor's Best Friend

If you're at all nervous about investing, these funds could be a very smart choice.


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3 Retirement Tax Surprises That Could Hurt You

Don't fall victim to unexpected tax issues. Instead, do your best to plan ahead.


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3 Reasons You Might Regret Claiming Social Security at 70

Before you decide to sign up for benefits at 70, consider the drawbacks involved.


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Can You Retire a Millionaire Using Only a 401(k)?

The quick answer? Yes. But you'll need to make some smart moves with your savings plan to reach that goal.