How to Budget During Retirement

Stefanie OConnell

Stefanie OConnell
Stefanie O'Connell is a New York City based actress and freelance writer. She chronicles her struggle to “live the dream” on a starving artists’ budget at
  • How to Budget During Retirement

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    How do you build a retirement budget when your future income and expenses are uncertain?  It’s the question plaguing many…

  • Are Mobile Payments Secure?

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    The introduction of Apple Pay has brought mobile payments to the forefront of consumer consciousness.  While mobile payment has been…

  • How the Stock Market Works

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    Between frenzied movie representations, a relentless, overdramatic 24-hour news cycle, and seemingly indecipherable data meant to show past performance, the…

  • How to Save Money When You Don’t Make Much

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    As a professional actress living in New York City, I know what it means to stretch a budget.  Planning for…

  • How To Avoid ATM Fees

    What’s the deal with all the ATM fees?! According to’s 16th annual checking survey, the average cost to US…

  • 5 Ways to Do Halloween on the Cheap

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    According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween will be celebrated with record spending this year.  Between costumes, decorations, candy, and…

  • Five Bank Fees You Shouldn’t Be Paying

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    The idea of a bank wanting me to pay for access to my own money makes my head spin.  They’re…

  • How to Be Your Own Financial Advisor

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    If you don’t have a minimum of $100,000 to a half a million in assets, you might not meet the…

  • How To Pay Your Bills Online

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    Automate, automate, automate.  It’s the echo of personal finance experts and enthusiasts web wide.  The more you can automate your…

  • Can You Trust An Online Bank?

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    I am an online banking convert.  Higher interest rates, free ATMs worldwide (depending on your bank), no account fees, and…

  • What Happens When You Blow Off Your Taxes?

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    Death and taxes, those are our two certainties in life.  Avoiding either is a futile and potentially disastrous endeavor.  While I…

  • Challenging the Personal Finance Gurus

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    As a young twenty something with no money and a desire for everything, I found my Mecca in the world…

  • How Financial Advisors Get Paid And Why YOU Need To Know

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    Financial advisors serve as a kind of personal trainer for your money.  They use what income and assets you have,…

  • How To Get a New Credit Card

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    With new credit card offers showing up in the mailbox seemingly everyday with big bold words like PRE APPROVED and…

  • How To Save Money on Sporting Events

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    Okay, so you’re probably not gonna make it to the Superbowl or the Stanley Cup without completely busting your budget,…

  • The Cost of a Cash Advance

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    This past spring, I spent two weeks traveling around Europe.  Eager to get on my way, I spent the days…

  • Learning New Things Outside of the Classroom: Becoming Financially Literate

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    People suck at managing their money.  One look at the stats on average consumer debt, (over $7k per household in…

  • How to Choose A Bank: Find Your Perfect Match

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    You probable have (or had) a long list of requirements when looking for a significant other.  While there are some…

  • Happy Fourth of July!  Claim Your “Fin”dependence


    At one point or another, we’ve all been reliant on someone or something else for financial support, be it a…

  • A Guide to Inexpensive Gift-Giving

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    We may still be six months away from the thick of the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean we’re off…