How to make the most of your charitable contributions

Chapter 41: How to make the most of your charitable contributions As people get older and have experienced the good things in life and bad, they’re more inclined to donate to causes they care about. If you’re a “giver”, it’s important to avoid being taken in by charitable giving scams while also optimizing how much…

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“Bad” habits could cost you more than you think

Chapter 40: “Bad” habits could cost you more than you think Retirees have more time of their hands and fewer day-to-day obligations than working people. This combination opens the door for them to pursue “vices” younger people are generally not able to. It’s easier to smoke, drink and gamble when you’re not responsible for the…

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Stay smart in retirement for LESS

Chapter 39: Stay smart in retirement for LESS Many retirees spend a lot of money to stay smart. Reading books, magazines and newspapers, going to classes and attending cultural events doesn’t come cheap. Can these things be done at a discount? Of course! Here are some savvy and inexpensive ways to stay educated after you…

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How to get the personal care services you want for less money

Chapter 38: Grooming. Massages. Personal training. How to get the personal care services you want for less money It’s one of the greatest frustrations that comes with retirement. At a time in your life when you need personal care services the most — and you actually have the time to enjoy them — you end…

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Being a retiree fashionista doesn’t have to be expensive

Chapter 37: Being a retiree fashionista doesn’t have to be expensive Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you don’t want to look GREAT. In fact, now that you’re retired, you’re no longer forced to wear and spend money on “work clothes”, such as business suits, uniforms or other things that fit within standard workplace dress…

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24 easy ways to cut the high cost of food in retirement

Chapter 33: 24 easy ways to cut the high cost of food in retirement According to the Consumer Expenditure Survey, one cost that does not change for most people after they retire is food. This can be a big issue, since most retirees live on a fixed — and generally reduced — income after retirement.…

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8 ways to control housing costs in retirement

Chapter 32: 8 ways to control housing costs in retirement For most people, housing is their biggest retirement expense. According to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, housing-related costs including mortgage payments, taxes, utility bills, repairs and maintenance fees eat-up more than four out of every ten retirement budget dollars. The good news…

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10 ways to spend less on entertainment

Chapter 36: 10 ways to spend less on entertainment One of the best things about retirement? You have more time to travel, go to the movies, theater, and sporting events, and do other things you love. Plus, you qualify for entertainment discounts that can save you a lot. Here are ten ways to save money…

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How You Can Control Health Care Costs in Retirement?

Chapter 35: How You Can Control Health Care Costs in Retirement? For most people, the one cost that will definitely go up after — and throughout — retirement is health care. People today stay healthier for longer than ever before, but there will likely come a day when you will face a significant health crisis…

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8 Ways to Lower Transportation Costs in Retirement

Chapter 34: 8 Ways to Lower Transportation Costs in Retirement According to a research study by Experian, the average American household owns 2.28 vehicles. 34 percent of households own a single vehicle. 31 percent own two. 35 percent have three or more. Why the high rate of automobile ownership? Because these days, parents need a…

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