Divorced Widow’s Benefit: Why Is Corrine Harkins’ Being Stolen By Social Security?

09/10/2019 Finance  No comments

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Corrine Jean Harkins lives at 2001 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples Florida 34112. Her PO Box for Social Security mailing purposes is PO Box 301 Naples Fl 34106. Corrine is 70. She has been taking her own retirement benefit since age 62. We’re posting her information because it’s the only way we can help her. Now there is a problem with her divorced widow’s benefit.

Last January her ex-husband from a 14-year marriage passed away. She went to her local office in Naples, Florida and applied for her excess divorced widow’s benefit. The agent who took all the information was pleasant, stating she’d be receiving a large increase — over $1,000 more per month, as her ex was receiving a very large benefit...

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Instant Pot Review

09/03/2019 Cooking  2 comments

Instant Pot Review

Over the last few years, I’ve been simplifying and reducing the tools and appliances in our kitchen and only keeping the ones we use often. In fact, our kitchen now has a simple assortment of unusual appliances and tools that we use every day. One appliance that has definitely earned its place on the list is the Instant Pot.

While it may feel like everyone in the world owns an Instant Pot now based on Instagram or social media, according to the most recent stats I could find (2018), only about 12% of households own one.

So, this review is for all of those “holdouts” because I promise you… it will change your life!

What Is an Instant Pot?

In short, it is an electric, programmable pressure cooker with a lot of extra functionality...

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Flavored Coffee Creamer- Make It Last Longer

08/29/2019 CookingUncategorized  No comments

by Russ Jackson

Make Flavored Coffee Creamer Last Longer and Healthier– If you love your coffee with flavored creamer nearly as much as I do, then this is for you. You already know that creamer isn’t all that cheap, but again, if you love it like I do you buy it anyway.

This idea began one day while I was watching re-runs of the George Burns and Gracie Allen TV show on youtube. Originally broadcast in the fifties, they were “live” as all television was back then. They didn’t have “commercials” per se, so the commercials were written in as part of the show. Through much of the show’s run their sponsor was “Carnation Evaporated Milk, the milk from contented cows”. I became curious if it was as good in coffee as they claimed, so I ordered some from Amazon...

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Tax planning for retirement

Tax planning for retirement

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Stephen Nelson, a wealth manager at Aldrich Wealth in Carlsbad, Calif., has some very good advice here to reduce taxes in retirement: even though you may be retired, the taxman is ready to take a slice of your Social Security and retirement fund payouts. How can you minimize his cut and reduce taxes in retirement?

Larry Light: With boomers retiring every single day, how can they minimize their tax bill in retirement to keep more money in their pocket?

Stephen Nelson: Some people in retirement find out that they actually pay more in taxes than they did when they were working...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with S’mores

08/13/2019 Cooking  No comments

S'mores stuffed chocolate chip cookie- yum!

Chocolate Chip Cookies Stuffed with S’mores

from the Picky Palate

It’s the end of summer, back to school. Falling leaves and bonfires. What could be better than chocolate chip cookies for a treat!

I think I hear chocolate chip cookies calling my name! Time to try this recipe for  chocolate chip cookies stuffed with s’mores. Creamy marshmallows and chocolate in a slightly crispy cookie.

Cut marshmallows for cookies in half

I cut my marshmallows in half to stay on the graham crackers better.

Instead of full size s’mores, I separated the graham crackers into fourths to fit inside the cookies. Trust me, they are still massive, lol!

If I had 8 more hands I could have shown you this step. Now, note this gets a little finicky...

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How to Travel Cheaply in Europe

08/06/2019 Travel  No comments

Many people love to travel to Europe, but from the exchange rate to the cost of airfare making things affordable while away can be a bit daunting. Fear not! After returning from her study abroad in Greece, Calli Jansen, our Michigan State University Student Ambassador, has compiled a list of some quick tips on saving money, helping to travel cheaply in Europe, and making the most of your European adventure.

 1. Travel off-season to help travel cheaply

Yes you’ve just finished finals and you have the whole summer off from school, so you might be thinking now is the perfect time to go to Europe. Let me remind you that everyone else has this idea too...

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Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops

07/28/2019 Cooking  4 comments

Grilled Lemon Garlic Scallops is an eloquent dish marinated in the juices of lemon, a hint of garlic, wrapped in olive oil with Italian seasonings all grilled to perfection! So simple to make and ready in minutes! 

Impress your guests with this easy to make scallop recipe for your next dinner party! If you love scallops be sure to try these Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce, Garlic Butter Herb Scallops or Honey Garlic Butter Scallops.

Grilled Lemon Garlic scallops on the grill

Grilled Scallops

These Grilled Scallops get me every time! They are easy to prepare, quick to cook and look like a million dollars all plated up!

The crispy outside and tender juicy inside make these unforgettable with every bite! Enjoy these scallops as an appetizer, main dish or a side dish for any meal...

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Guest Outfit Mistakes That Make Brides Cringe

07/18/2019 Fashion  No comments

Attending other people’s weddings: It’s a rewarding (albeit stressful and oftentimes expensive) endeavor, but it’s also an occasion where you’re obligated to put someone else’s needs above your own. For a couple that has spent months—if not years—imagining every detail of their big day, the details matter. So while normally what you wear is entirely on you, when it comes to their big day, there are wedding guest outfit mistakes you’ll want to keep in mind.

Avoiding Guest Outfit Mistakes

Avoiding Guest Outfit Mistakes

Below you’ll find a breakdown of five simple style faux pas to avoid as a wedding guest. From the colors to avoid the footwear mistake that could spoil an entire event, take note and both you and the couple will enjoy their big day...

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Scavenger Hunts for Kids: 6 Adventures

07/04/2019 Lifestyle  No comments

Kids on a scavenger hunt

Kids on a scavenger hunt

 Scavenger Hunts for Kids

Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house to explore? Road trips, nature walks, and beach days are fantastic ways to encourage little ones to get involved in scavenger hunts.

Kids are curious and love games. That’s why a themed photo scavenger hunt is the perfect way to explore something new and have some fun at the same time.

What You’ll Need for a Photo Scavenger Hunt

Before you begin, double-check to make sure you have the following supplies:

  • A smartphone or camera
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scavenger hunt lists or printables
  • A grand prize for the winner

Photo Scavenger Hunt Guidelines

The rules are simple, but you’re also free to be as creative as you want...

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Retirement Crisis: How to Create One

06/14/2019 Finance  No comments

Long-nosed skunk- retirement crisis smells

Long-nosed skunk- retirement crisis smells  Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus humboldti) searching for food in Valle Chacabuco, Patagonia, Chile

Retirement Crisis! Citizens of the world! The press is misleading you on retirement savings!

A worrying new study from the World Economic Forum predicts a retirement crisis with “retirees might run out of money 10 years before they die,” according to Bloomberg News coverage. The World Economic Forum calculates that the average 65-year old American has only enough savings to cover 9.7 years of retirement income out of a nearly 20-year expected retirement. Results for other countries are similar.

As usual, headlines from the credulous news media pile up: “Japanese women face retirement savings gap of almost 20 years,” says the Japan Time...

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