Blog

Submit
Social Security announces benefit increase for 2019

Social Security announces benefit increase for 2019

The Social Security Administration recently announced that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62

Why higher gas prices are good if you’re collecting Social Security

Why higher gas prices are good if you’re collecting Social Security

If you are collecting Social Security payments — or plan to in the near future — here’s an improbable thing you should wish for: higher gasoline prices. Last month, in an article published by the New York Post, higher pump prices were shown to be advantageous for Social Security beneficiaries.

Three Ways Going to School Affects Social Security Disability

Three Ways Going to School Affects Social Security Disability

  The Social Security Administration wants to help people get on with their lives and try to find a way to make a living. Going back to school is a logical step. However, going back to college or a trade school can cause problems in disability cases. Social Security Disability (SSD) provides

Back to School Savings Tips: Five Tricks to Save Big Bucks on College Textbooks

Back to School Savings Tips: Five Tricks to Save Big Bucks on College Textbooks

College students spend an average of 655 per year on textbooks, according to the National Association of College Stores. Depending on your major, your average book expense may be much more or much less than 655. Hefty textbooks used in math and science classes, for instance, tend to be more

You May be Making Your Social Security Claim Decision All Wrong

You May be Making Your Social Security Claim Decision All Wrong

If you're planning on relying solely on your social security check for retirement, you may want to reconsider. Here's why.    According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), 62% of today's senior beneficiaries rely on the federal program for at least half of their income. Less than 30%

How worried should you be about Social Security lasting?

How worried should you be about Social Security lasting?

An unexpected weakening in the finances of Social Security has raised concern about the longevity of the program lasting, especially for the middle class. And with political tension rising and deepening partisan divides, the social program that so many Americans rely upon may be in jeopardy. But

Three income strategies to supplement your Social Security in retirement

Three income strategies to supplement your Social Security in retirement

Social Security is only designed to replace about 40% of the average retiree's income, leaving two options—either dramatically reduce your standard of living, or create additional income from other sources.   While annuities are certainly one way to create an income stream, there are some

Three Social Security misunderstandings that could cost you

Social Security provides a guaranteed monthly payout to over 62 million retired workers. If you're counting on those benefits to help pay the bills in retirement, then you'll need to get your facts straight on how the program works. Here are a few misconceptions you can't afford to buy into.  

Supreme Court on Stale Debt

The Supreme Court usually deices a few cases each term that have an impact on bankruptcy law, and this year is no exception. One of the decisions, Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, concerns the issue of stale debts and when they can be incorporated into a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as an

Vehicle Advertisements May Increase Your Insurance Premium

You’ve seen them—car business advertisements. There are magnets, stickers, and vinyl wraps. You can cover the entire vehicle, or opt for just the doors or windows. The variations are endless, but these “modifications” can ring alarms with insurers. “Modifications” is a word met with caution by