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How to Find the Best Blood Glucose Meters - Consumer Reports

Chances are you or someone you care about has diabetes—about one in 10 of us do. The disease multiplies the risk of heart attack, stroke, possibly …

Pop Star! 25 Adorable Baby Shower Cake Pops

19 Baby Shower Ideas For Sweet Baby Girls

View On One Page<p>ADVERTISEMENT ()<p>Start Slideshow<p>← Use Arrows Keys →<p>Ruffles and ribbons and lace galore! When it comes to planning a shower for a …

Baby Cakes! Inspiration For a Classic Baby Shower Cake

Baby Showers

Merci, Baby! 15 Cute Shower Thank-You Notes

5 Unique Baby Shower Gifts

Your summer schedule is packed full of baby showers. It seems like every weekend you’re headed to Babies R Us, carrying a registry list through the …

Retirement Age: Oldest Boomers Are NOT Working Til They Drop, Study Says

For the past few years, baby boomers have been telling survey-takers that they plan to work until they drop, an attitude that undoubtedly could be tied to the recession that cost many their jobs, the housing crisis that devalued their homes, and the stock market crash that wiped out their …

Four Paths To A More Fulfilling Retirement

“I’ve put in my time and now I’m outta here!” All too often, that’s the extent of the retirement decision-making process for many people – with predictable results.<p>Many Americans actually spend more time researching a vacation or their next car purchase than they do planning for retirement.<p><b>Why</b> …

Will Retirement Stress You Out?

Many people think they will no longer have stress in retirement. Safely crossing the finish line into retired life is the end goal of years spent working and saving, and we deserve to leave our troubles behind and be happy. But preparing for retirement is no guarantee that your retirement will be …

Live Long And Prosper: Retirement Planning Strategies For Women

Let’s start with the good news. Women are living longer. A woman who turns 65 today has a 50 percent chance of living to the age of 90—three years longer than the current average life expectancy for a man. While most women probably view living longer as a positive, longevity also presents a …

10 Ways To Bankroll Your Retirement

"Obviously retirement these days is expensive, and you probably need to draw on as many different sources as you can," says Jeffrey Jones, managing editor of Gallup Poll. Here are 10 of the most common ways to pay for retirement:<p><b>Social Security</b>. Social Security is the most common way Americans pay …

Retired couples will need $220,000 for medical expenses

Planning for retirement usually means budgeting for food, travel and other expenses. Don’t forget to include $220,000 for health care costs.<p>That’s how much the average 65-year-old couple will spend on medical expenses through their retirement, according to the latest estimates from Fidelity …

Why You Should Pay Off Your Mortgage Before You Retire

Sure, interest rates are at historic lows and the math on the surface would suggest better returns by taking a huge mortgage and investing the rest in riskier assets. But that's just in theory. There are plenty of reasons to pay off your mortgage by the time you retire. Here are a few to</b> …

10 Ways To Save Money Once You Retire

The financial experts are right, in principle. We do need a lot of money to retire, generally in the form of Social Security, plus pensions, 401(k) plans and IRA balances, as well as the value of the help we get from family and friends. But maybe we don't need quite as much as the experts would …

How Much To Withdraw From Retirement Savings

The question of the <i>right</i> amount of money to withdraw from your investment portfolio each year in retirement is an often-debated topic. And lately, there’s been some new thinking on this subject.<p>The “4% rule” – originated in the early 1990s by financial adviser Bill Bengen – says that if you …

Retirement savings: the million-dollar myth

When I got my start writing personal finance in the 1990s, it was conventional wisdom to tell people that if they could save and invest their way to $1m – via their 401(k) and other retirement accounts – their golden years would be a glorious event. They could travel, indulge in a hobby, visit the …

Picking A Retirement Age That Works

Just for fun, have this conversation with a friend, co-worker or (if you dare) your spouse: Picking a retirement age.<p>The whole subject makes people nervous, and with good reason. Picking a retirement age implies a lot of positives, such as leisure, freedom and less stress in general.<p>It also implies …

SMART INVESTOR: Most Seniors Are In Danger Of Outliving Their Retirement Savings

In an ideal world, retirees would tuck away at least 70% of their pre-retirement income by the time they're ready to leave the workforce.<p>Unfortunately, there's nothing ideal about the savings climate in the U.S. today.<p>A new study by Interest.com found that there are only two states, Hawaii and …

Retire Well By Never Retiring At All: A Quick Guide

The media world is buzzing about retirement. We’re hearing about it now from people whose major mission used to be explaining housekeeping or the federal debt. Some British researchers, meanwhile, have concluded that working is good for your long-term health.<p>It’s important to remember that …

4 Lies People Tell Themselves About Retirement

Out on the golf course, I've overheard some of the game's greatest myths.<p>How about: "Watch out, I just bought a set of clubs like the ones Tiger Woods uses." Allow me to do some myth busting: Tiger doesn't actually show up to play — you still have to do that yourself. Or, "Hit it harder, son, it …

Don't let retirement stress marriage: Plan to be busy

Author and former financial planner Frank Maselli tells a story of a man who retired and went home to spend his days with his wife. It didn't take long for him to become a major intrusion in his wife's world. He told her the way she did everything was wrong, even the garden she had tended for 25 …

10 Ways To Launch Your Dream Job In Retirement

Today, though, with longer life spans, Americans are "retiring" and going to work at jobs or enterprises that fulfill new dreams.<p>Ultimately Hoyt was chosen to succeed her friend as executive director. "What I thought would be exhausting isn't," says Hoyt. "I'm doing what I'm called in this life to …

Retirement Plans Need Refocus

One of the scariest myths about financial planning is that you need $1 million to retire. Then, when the market heads south, most bury their heads and adopt an ostrich-like mentality and forget about investing.<p>The vast majority of Americans don’t have anywhere near this kind of money, so they seek …

How Much to Withdraw From Retirement Savings

<i>SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue</i><p>By Larry Rosenthal<p><b>There's new thinking about the time-honored "4 percent a year rule," which doesn't hold up these days</b><p>The question of the right amount of money to withdraw from your investment portfolio each year in retirement is an often-debated topic. And lately, there’s …

Can You Retire Now? Here's The Cheat Sheet

Legislators are considering whether to require investment firms to provide their clients with a lifetime income disclosure based on picking a target retirement age.<p>While Congress debates, the Department of Labor is on the move to make pension plans do the same. It should be said that many pension …

Retirement is like any other stage of life – filled with joy and sorrow

Recently, the Office for National statistics released a report on the happiness of our nation's population. Apparently, those who were newly retired measured the most satisfaction with their lives. I am not surprised, as the first days of my retirement felt as if I had run and won a marathon. For …

Boomers -- Will They Shun Retirement?

Boomers don't speak with one voice when it comes to retirement. Although about four in 10 admit that they can't wait to retire, just as many say they won't ever want to stop working. Even more expect to work in retirement. The media, policy analysts and worker advocates have zeroed in on the …