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Medicare forms like this one are full of sensitive information you wouldn't want getting into the wrong hands.

One of the silver linings of the global coronavirus pandemic has been watching people come together and support one another in inspiring ways. But there are always con artists who will take advantage of fear and uncertainty to scam others out of money, and, unfortunately, that is happening amid the crisis. 

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Perhaps the one silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic has been the touching ways that people and companies have stepped up to help.

There’s no way America can ever truly repay its debt to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. However, it’s nice to know that veterans and service members can at least count on some generous financial perks in recognition of the sacrifices they and their families have made for the country. 

Sometimes, the biggest budget busters can be the things you don’t even know you’re spending money on—like hidden or overlooked fees that add up over the course of a year. From air travel to banking to concert tickets, it seems hidden fees are lurking everywhere. 

Wills and living trusts are two important estate planning tools, and it’s important to understand the differences between them so you can choose the right option for your family. Both wills and living trusts spell out what you want to happen to your assets after your death—but they accomplish that goal in different ways.

The internet certainly makes it more convenient to manage your money. You can make a deposit to your checking account without going to the bank, buy and sell stocks with the click of a button, and make purchases or pay bills right from your phone. Even if you’re comfortable using technology, you may wonder if it’s really safe to bank, shop, and invest online.

When you think of podcasts, the uber-popular true crime series Serial or Ira Glass’s This American Life program probably come to mind. Podcasts are a great form of entertainment, but they can also be an easy way to learn something new while you’re on the go.

It’s a question you probably ask yourself before every major purchase. In many cases, it makes financial sense to buy, but in others, there’s no real benefit to ownership. You have to crunch the numbers to determine which option is right for you. 

Housing is the largest line item in most people’s budgets. Once you reach retirement, you may be looking for ways to shrink your housing costs. One creative way to do that is to take in one or more roommates.