Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sixtyandsingle, where to find answers

Even though I've written this blog for two years at columbian.com, I'm really starting over because of my retirement from the newspaper and this Web site change. Transferring old postings to the new site is tedious if not downright impossible. That said here are several Web sites that I've found helpful, even inspirational. These sites provide answers to questions about retirement planning, money management, investing and living on a budget when you're sixty and single.
- Wife.org   This is among my favorites if just for the fact that you can order a bumper sticker with the slogan, "A Man Is Not a Financial Plan." Wife, short for Women's Institute for Financial Education, was started by two women who know many of us are hungry for information related to budgeting, retirement, late-in-life divorce and widowhood.
- 360financialliteracy.org  This Web site is maintained by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and offers unbiased financial planning and tax planning information. The information here is clear, straightforward and provides cautionary balanced advice.
- aarp.org  Everyone knows about AARP, the organization for and about people over 50. AARP researchers cover just about every topic....health care, money, retirement, travel....you name it.
- more.com  More magazine is "for women of style and substance" over 40. Here you will find profiles of inspirational women who are living rewarding lives. The magazine also covers topics such as health, beauty, style and money.
- socialsecurity.gov  Who said retirement was easy?!  When you're over 60, still working and wondering about retirement, the Social Security Administration Web site is an important aspect of the planning. Many questions can be answered online at this site, but nothing beats a face-to-face conversation at your local Social Security to clear up the confusion, and believe me, there will be confusion.

These sites will get you started on planning for retirement and provide inspiration along the way.
Cheers,
Julia

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