Finance

Football and Big-Screen TVs: Made for Each Other

Football and Big-Screen TVs: Made for Each Other

Although any sport looks better on a large-screen television, football seems to have the best coverage and camera angles that make watching it in high-definition and on a screen that is larger than 27 inches pretty remarkable. Here are some tips if you are thinking about upgrading your current unit: Wait until January for the

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No matter how you are spending the holidays, let us offer you some easy-to-follow suggestions on how to maximize the season and stay healthy to boot! “Achoo” Awareness!  If you are using your own holiday decorations that you put away last year, remember that they are now probably dusty and dirty. It doesn’t take much

“Free” Credit Report? Watch Out!

“Free” Credit Report?  Watch Out!

There has been a proliferation of credit reporting and monitoring services popping up as a result of identity theft crimes. Unfortunately, some of these firms are using what is often a moment of great anxiety following an identity theft incident to take advantage of the situation by pressuring people to pay for reports or services

Un-Stuff Your Wallet

Un-Stuff Your Wallet

No, we don’t mean spending the money in it. Suddenly Solos have a tendency towards accumulation. We hang on to things more these days, possibly to assuage a sense of loss.  But when it comes to our wallets, it is not only unfashionable to have a bulky billfold, it can also promote identity theft if

Do You Still Need A Landline Phone?

Do You Still Need A Landline Phone?

With your Suddenly Solo lifestyle, you may be thinking about giving up your old landline telephone in favor of a complete cell phone existence. But before you make the break, here are some things to consider: You will receive a quicker response if you have to call 9-1-1 with a landline. You will not only

Car Shopping – Lease or Buy?

Car Shopping – Lease or Buy?

We’re all barraged by those ads offering up cars at unbelievable prices…..until we check the fine print. Most of those low monthly payment ads are for car leases rather than outright purchases. So should you lease or buy your next new car? I wish I could give you a simple answer, but I can’t. The

Is there a condo in your future?

Is there a condo in your future?

The transition to being single may well involve moving from a house to a condominium.  This kind of move can provide benefits including a reduction in maintenance responsibilities, an instant community of fellow owners, and even new amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, gymnasiums, with shuttles to shopping and other activities.  But remember that

How to Handle a Financial Windfall

How to Handle a Financial Windfall

It could come through a life insurance settlement, the sale of a house, or a pension plan payout. A big check, a financial windfall, can be hard to handle by yourself. Here are some rough guidelines to help you start thinking about what best to do with the money no matter what your situation. •

Getting a Handle on Your Spending

Getting a Handle on Your Spending

In most American households, the wife is in charge of the checkbook. She pays the bills, and keeps the tabs. Now that you’re solo again, you’ll have to take on that role yourself and figure out where the money is going. If you need to save, you’ll have to make adjustments to your spending to

Keep an Eye on Your Finances

Keep an Eye on Your Finances

Review your insurance policies annually.  Lifestyle changes as we age can sometimes mean savings.  For example, if you are driving less (under 10,000 miles a year) you may be entitled to an auto insurance discount.  Some life insurance policies offer discounts if you lower your cholesterol  Call your insurance company and inquire what savings may