Marie Isbell

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Retirement complications: Beware of hidden taxes when the career ends

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you’re working.<p>Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. You’ll pay federal income taxes on most retirement plan withdrawals, but additional state taxes depend on where you live. Tax rates on …

Retirement

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Your Own Backyard

Taking the first bite of sweet, delicious fruit each summer is even better when the fruit comes from your own fruit tree.<p>Growing fruit trees isn’t …

Gardening

Retirement Nest Egg Calculators: Running Out of Money vs. Running Out of Time

If you have researched retirement at all (early or otherwise), you’ve probably ran across various retirement calculators online. You input how much …

Retirement

15 Finer Points About Social Security That You Should Know

Source: Getty Images<p>1 of 17<p>The ins and outs of the program<p>Sooner or later, the odds are good that you'll count on Social Security to provide you with …

Retirement

12 Trees That Will Ruin Your Yard

Don’t even think about planting these pests.<p>We love trees. They can provide shade; fall, spring, or year-round color; and plenty of visual interest …

Gardening

11 Finished Book Series You Can Marathon-Read This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means we book nerds finally have time to read all those great series we have been meaning to get around to. On the list …

Books

14 DIY Garden Hacks That Can Make You A Smart Gardener

Must take a look at these gardening hacks and DIY ideas to make gardening easier and more fun!<p>DIY Self Watering Container<p>It’s a nice, cheap and easy …

Gardening

Low-Maintenance Perennials for Your Southern Garden

No green thumb required<p>Who wants to fuss with annuals when you can tend a garden of lovely perennials? Perennials are great foundation plants for …

Plants

Everything You Need to Know About Hydrangeas

Without hydrangeas, would summer as we know it exist? From Tokyo to Nantucket, their big, blowsy blooms are synonymous with warm nights and lazy days.<p>…

Landscaping

Pete the Planner: A critical look at Roth IRAs, a financial product I've used for 20 years

<i>This is the first of a three-part series looking at three financial products I love the most</i> — <i>but through a highly critical lens. During this series, I will not focus on the positives.</i><p>I remember where I was when I first heard the phrase Roth IRA. I was 20 years old, and I had driven to meet with a …

Retirement

Gardening 101: Hostas

Hosta, <i>Hosta:</i> “Plantain Lily”<p>My introduction to hostas came when I was the new owner of a 1920s brick row house in Queens, New York. Spring arrived …

Gardening

70% of Americans Dream of Traveling in Retirement: How to Afford It (Without a Ton of Cash)

It can be surprisingly easy (particularly if you have a retiree's flexible schedule).<p>The most common retirement dream -- shared among 70% of American …

Personal Finance

Here's How the Social Security Retirement Benefit Formula Works

Do you know how much retirement income to expect from Social Security?<p>Social Security is the largest retirement program in the United States, but far …

Retirement

Ask Larry: ​​​​​​Can I Take Only Social Security Spousal Benefits At 66?

Social Security may be one of your largest assets. What and when you collect will make a huge difference to your lifetime benefits.<p>Today’s post addresses restricted Social Security spousal benefit applications, retroactive benefit payments, how married couples can sequence their benefits, how …

Retirement

7 Things Medicare Doesn't Cover

Medicare Part A and Part B, also known as Original Medicare or Traditional Medicare, cover a large portion of your medical expenses after you turn …

Health Care

14 Most Clever Gardening Tips And Ideas

Whether you like to get your hands dirty in the garden or not, it’s nice to have a few gardening tips and ideas up your sleeve. Here are some of my …

The truth about retirement no expert will tell you

A few years ago I got invited to speak at a conference for retirement planners and other investment advisers. I immediately accepted the invitation — …

Avoid These 12 Common Vegetable Gardening Mistakes

Growing vegetables is an exciting and rewarding experience. The taste of fresh vegetables picked moments before, and the satisfaction of walking …

3 Unexpected Hurdles You Might Encounter When Applying for Social Security Benefits

Every month, 61 million Americans collect some sort of Social Security benefit. So the process to file for and receive benefits must run like a …

9 Ways To Pay For Long-Term Care Without Buying Insurance

<b>By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>When H. Frances Reaves, of Miami, had to place her parents in long-term care facilities in 2014 and 2015, she thought it would be a relative easy, at least financially. After all, her parents had bought long-term care insurance decades earlier.<p>But …

Social Security: What You Don't Know About Your Biggest Retirement Benefit

You would not be alone if you didn't know how Social Security works. Nearly half (47%) of Americans age 50 and over failed a basic true/false …

PLANT SOME OF THESE AROUND YOUR HOME AND GARDEN AND YOU’LL NEVER SEE ANOTHER FLY AGAIN

Medicare covers less than you might think. Here's how to avoid surprises

It's basically a rite of passage: You blow out the candles on your 65th birthday and get to sign up for Medicare.<p>Yet it's kind of like one of those …

Retirement

Social Security Tips for Couples

See three ways that may help married couples boost their lifetime benefits.<p>Key Takeaways<p>Married couples may have some advantages when deciding how …

Here Are the Best Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Calculators

The Best RMD Calculators<p>Find out How Much to Take out of Required Minimum Distribution<p>Updated February 25, 2018<p>You become subject to certain rules …

Medicare doesn't cover everything. Here's how to avoid surprises

Each day in the United States, about 10,000 baby boomers celebrate their 65th birthday. Their gift from good old Uncle Sam is Medicare.<p>After years of …

Health Care

Stress-Testing the Myth of Outliving Your Retirement Savings

<i>(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)</i><p><b>By Gail Marks Jarvis</b><p>When Doug Anderson retired as an electrician at …

How To Grow Unlimited Amounts Of Blueberries In Your Backyard

Blueberries are not only delicious snack but they are also very healthy fruit too. Whether you eat them raw, squeezed in your juice, added to your …

20 Low-Light Houseplants That Are Easy to Maintain and (Nearly) Impossible to Kill

It is important that the home is not just a place where we survive, but where we live. People don’t just like their home to be functional—some really …

Everything You Need to Know About Flowering Trees

Thank you flowering trees, for alerting us to the fact that it is definitely spring. <b></b>We might have missed that development if not for the sudden, …