Personal Finances

How to Get Home Maintenance Help Without Getting Ripped Off

This article originally appeared on Sixty and Me. If you haven’t already discovered this gem of a website, please head over to check out their community of vibrant women. It wasn’t until after my husband died that I realized how much I relied on him for home maintenance tasks. Whether it was unclogging the toilet…

5 Things Widows Need to Know About Income Taxes

It’s that time of year again: time to think about taxes. While there is plenty we could say on the topic, let’s try to keep this manageable. Here are five things I think you need to know if you’re a new widow (or widower). And of course, this comes with the disclaimer that I don’t…

How to Help Your Mom and Dad When They Don’t Want Help

This article originally appeared on Sixty and Me. If you haven’t already discovered this gem of a website, please head over to check out their community of vibrant women. My aunt, 83, is like my third parent. She taught in schools around the world and spent every summer living with us. Always single and with…

Medicare Open Enrollment: Your 3 Options Explained

While I am many years away from being Medicare eligible, many widows do rely on this government program for their health insurance coverage. If you’re one of these women, then you probably already know its Medicare open enrollment season. Your first hint as to the time of year was the bevy of fliers landing in…

Do You Have a Household Maintenance Plan?

True story: my husband and I bought our house when we were 23 and 21. We had no clue what was involved in home ownership — we’re talking about a ‘what are property taxes and why do we have to pay them?’ level of cluelessness. And maintenance costs? Nobody told us about maintenance costs! Yes,…