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Social Security Recipients: Kansas’ Budget Surplus Could Be Solution to Lowering Taxes

In an effort to keep retirees from moving elsewhere, some lawmakers in Kansas aim to use a projected state budget surplus to ease income taxes on Social Security benefits. Social Security: Why Not…

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Social Security: Dec. 7 Deadline To Choose Your Medicare Enrollment Approaches — What Are Your Options?

Every year the Social Security Administration's Medicare program provides an open enrollment period that gives beneficiaries a chance to review their current coverage and decide on what they need to…

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Food Stamps Schedule: California (CalFresh) Benefits for December and Where To Get SNAP EBT Discounts

CalFresh, California's version of SNAP, provides monthly food assistance to low-income households that meet state and federal eligibility guidelines. Benefits are distributed on a monthly schedule to…

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Airbnb Co-Founder Launches Tiny Homes Business — How Much They Cost and Where To Buy

Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia has launched Samara, a company offering backyard tiny houses that can be installed in people's gardens. See: Do Airbnb's Billion-Dollar Q3 Profits Translate to a…

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If Elon Musk Is the Richest Man in the World, How Can Twitter Declare Bankruptcy?

Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter has gone so far off the rails in such a short period of time that he might have to take the social media platform into bankruptcy only weeks after acquiring it. This…

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5 Steps To Avoid Stress and Debt This Holiday Season

The holiday season often carries added stress for families who are financially strapped and trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their list. However, ongoing inflation with grocery and…

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Social Security COLA: What Is the Smallest Amount To Expect in 2023?

This year's soaring inflation rate has all but assured that in 2023, Social Security recipients will get their highest cost-of-living adjustment in 41 years. Based on the latest consumer price data,…

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How Much Does a Person on Social Security Make?

When you retire and start collecting Social Security benefits, the amount of monthly income you get from the program depends on a number of factors, from the amount of money you earned during your…

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8 Ways To Get Free Money from the Government Before the Holidays

The 2022 holiday season will be a lean one for millions of Americans who have enough on their financial plates just dealing with skyrocketing inflation. One option is to cut back on spending. Another…

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2023 Social Security: 6 Numbers You Need to Know

If you are wondering about Social Security earnings limits, what is full retirement age, and average Social Security benefits, here are six numbers you should know. Social Security: Women Get $354 Per…

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Social Security 2023: Latest Announcements and Info To Know Now

Social Security took center stage last week when the retirement program announced that beginning in 2023, beneficiaries will see their biggest payment increase in 41 years. See: How Much Does a Person…

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Food Stamps Schedule: Texas Lone Star Card November 2022 Benefits and Where To Use SNAP EBT for Discounts

Texas SNAP benefits are administered by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and distributed once per month to Texas Lone Star Cards, the state's EBT card. Benefits, including November…

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10 Best Places To Invest in Winter Vacation Homes

It's a winter wonderland out there, and with it comes a whole market of winter vacation homes just ready to be scooped up across the country — particularly in mountainous states and the Northeast…

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