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Weston: How to make budgeting as painless as possible

January 23, 2021, 6:32am Business

Budgeting is a pain. But what’s more painful is a bill you can’t easily pay, debt that costs a fortune or not having enough money to retire. Read story

Weston: Start 2021 off strong with these money moves

January 17, 2021, 6:00am Business

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. Read story

Weston: 4 financial ‘experts’ who could steer you wrong

January 16, 2021, 6:00am Business

None of us knows everything we need to know about money, so we may turn to experts for help. But some money professionals who offer advice are not qualified to do so — nor are they required to put our interests ahead of theirs. Read story

Weston: Start 2021 off strong with these money moves

January 9, 2021, 6:00am Business

After the train wreck that was 2020, you may well question whether it’s worth trying to plan anything. But knocking off a few financial tasks early in the year can better prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. Read story

Weston: Got life insurance? You may not have enough

December 19, 2020, 6:00am Business

You probably need life insurance if your death would cause financial hardship to someone else. If the only coverage you have is through your job, though, you may not have enough. Read story

Weston: Putting financial survivor’s guilt to good use

December 5, 2020, 6:02am Business

Financial therapist Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, specializes in helping people deal with their anxieties about money. But since the pandemic started, Bryan-Podvin has been hearing more about guilt than fear. Read story

Weston: How small businesses can help workers save

November 21, 2020, 6:00am Business

Donna Skemp of Bend, Oregon, struggled to save before she signed up for an automatic savings plan offered by her employer’s payroll services company. Now, some of her pay goes into a federally insured, interest-paying savings account that she can access any time with a debit card. Read story

Weston: When life blows up your well-laid plans

November 14, 2020, 6:00am Business

Job loss, business failure, involuntary retirement, divorce, disability or the death of a breadwinner — these are just some of the ways our finances can force us to come up with a Plan B. That’s never as simple as downloading a list and ticking off completed assignments, however. Read story

Weston: The upsides to thinking about when you will die

November 7, 2020, 5:14am Business

Social Security’s life expectancy calculator predicts I’ll live to about 86. An insurance company’s version says I should expect to die at 98. A longevity calculator created by actuaries demurs, putting the odds at only 32% that I’ll make it to 95. Read story

Weston: How losing Obamacare could cost you

October 31, 2020, 6:00am Business

If the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, your finances and your future could pay the price. Read story