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Be Prepared for Changes in Social Security

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Jun 26, 2019 7:43:00 AM

Recent news headlines have many Americans worried, suggesting that in the future, monthly Social Security checks may be smaller than expected. According to a troubling report recently issued by the federal government, Social Security payouts will exceed incoming contributions in 2020. As a result, Social Security's reserve fund will be depleted in 16 years and monthly checks will be smaller than currently scheduled, unless Congress steps in.

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Topics: Retirement, Investments

5 Ways Your Pet Can Save You Money

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Jun 24, 2019 7:29:00 AM

Pet owners know that their companion animals provide priceless comfort and companionship. But did you know you can put a price tag on their value? Your beloved four-legged buddy can be your piggy bank’s best friend. Here’s five ways pets literally enrich our lives:

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Scam Alert: Beware the Pet Adoption Scam

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Jun 19, 2019 8:21:00 AM

Two simple words capture your eyes...and your heart: “Free puppy.’’ Faster than you can say, “Awww,’’ you're imagining the joy a new friend could add to your household. Those soft, sweet eyes. The wagging tail. The furry friend who'll go on walks or rides with you, or curl up next to you on the couch. Animal lovers can find such imaginings impossible to resist. Unfortunately, scammers know this is not just the way to your heart, but the way to your wallet.

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Topics: Online Banking, scams

How to Provide for Your Pet After Your Death

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on May 28, 2019 6:53:00 AM

Most animal lovers — a whopping 95% of pet owners according to a recent Harris Poll — consider their pets part of the family.

And they dread losing that pet, so much so that pet sympathy cards and even companion animal funeral homes have become big business.

But what happens when the pet outlives its human owners? 

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Topics: Estate Planning, Death

5 Financial Benefits of Volunteering

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on May 21, 2019 11:31:21 AM

By its very definition, volunteering does not provide a paycheck. But offering your free time for a good cause can offer some significant financial benefits.

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The Great Penny Debate

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Nov 16, 2018 7:20:00 AM

The ever wise and philosophical Benjamin Franklin had advice about our smallest denomination of currency: “A penny saved is a penny earned.’’ But even he might be surprised how quickly that single penny can add up to serious savings. One penny saved can lead to nearly $700 in the course of a year. Here’s how you do it:

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Should children get an allowance?

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Mar 21, 2018 6:02:00 AM

We can’t cite a specific study, but Life 101 teaches us this basic statistic: All kids enjoy having money.

There’s always a new toy to play with, or that hot movie to see or a cool new phone app to download.

Where does that money come from? Unless they are old enough to hold a paying job or lucky enough to have access to an unlimited trust fund, they make those cash withdrawals from the bank of Mom and Dad.

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Topics: Money Management, budget, children

Financing Fido: How to Keep Pet Costs on a Leash

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Feb 27, 2018 10:51:11 AM

Our pets provide emotional support, physical protection and endless entertainment. It’s no wonder that so many animal lovers consider their pets priceless.

Sixty-eight percent of US households own a pet, according to a 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey released by the American Pet Product Association. Dog ownership tops the list at 48 percent, with cat ownership at 38 percent. Both statistics are up a few percentage points from the last survey, conducted in 2014.

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Topics: Money Management, Savings, Saving Money, budget

Online Dating Scams: Breaking the Heart and the Bank

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Feb 5, 2018 1:09:01 PM

She opens her messages from the online dating site and her heart skips a beat.

Someone wants to meet her. But not just any man. He is the man of her dreams, dreams sparked the first time she watched An Officer and A Gentleman and enhanced by a decade of Lifetime movie-watching.

In his photo, he sports a military uniform and is dashing, clean cut, a man of action.

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Topics: scams, security

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