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Dear Penny: Do I Need My Ex-Husband’s Permission to Get His Social Security?
November 12, 2021
Dear Penny: Is It Possible to Build Credit When You Don’t Have a Job?
January 3, 2021
Dear Penny Answers Your Questions About Claiming Your Ex’s Social Security
December 27, 2020
Dear Penny: The 10 Trickiest Money Questions of 2020
December 24, 2020
Dear Penny: I Didn’t Pay Taxes in 2020. How Do I Deal With Monster Bill?
December 6, 2020
Dear Penny: Can We Afford to Live on Just $65K When My Husband Retires?
November 29, 2020
Dear Penny: My Stay-at-Home Wife Says I’m Not Allowed to Get a Side Gig
November 22, 2020
Dear Penny: Can I Take Social Security Now and Then Stop Benefits in 2021?
November 15, 2020
Dear Penny: A Bogus Charge Ruined My Perfect Credit. How Can I Fix It?
November 8, 2020
Dear Penny: My Kid Is Reckless With Money. Do I Gift It to Them Anyway?
November 1, 2020
Dear Penny: My Cheapskate Parents Won’t Tip for Uber Eats. What Can I Do?
October 18, 2020
Dear Penny: How Can We Invest Safely With Interest Rates Near Zero?
October 11, 2020
Dear Penny: Should I Co-Sign a Credit Card to Repair My Son’s Awful Credit?
October 4, 2020
Dear Penny Answers: 6 Tricky Questions About Money and Retirement
September 29, 2020
Dear Penny: I Want to Buy a Small Retirement Home. Should I Use My Savings?
September 27, 2020
Dear Penny: I Was Out of Work for 5 Months. How Do I Catch Up on My Bills?
September 20, 2020
Dear Penny: I Can’t Afford Holiday Bonuses. Do I Tell My Staff Now?
September 13, 2020
Dear Penny: Is It Crazy to Go Back to College and Live in a Bus at 60?
September 9, 2020
Dear Penny: I Think My Husband Is Gambling Away Our Future on Robinhood
September 6, 2020
Dear Penny: I Co-signed for a Friend and Ruined My Credit. How Do I Fix It?
September 2, 2020
Dear Penny: Should I Use My Savings or Roth IRA to Buy First Home?
August 30, 2020
Dear Penny: My Credit Score Is Down 38 Points. Is My $0 Balance to Blame?
August 23, 2020
Dear Penny: I Bought a Florida Home, but I’m Homesick. Should I Walk Away?
August 16, 2020
Dear Penny: I Need Surgery. Should I Charge the Bill to a Credit Card?
August 9, 2020
Dear Penny: I’m in College With $10K Saved. Should I Invest It All in Gold?
August 2, 2020
Dear Penny: I Got Laid off at 62. Should I Retire and Take Social Security?
July 26, 2020
Dear Penny: How Do I Survive if $600 a Week Unemployment Expires?
July 19, 2020
Dear Penny: Can I Keep Saving for Retirement if I’m Already Retired?
July 12, 2020
Dear Penny: What’s the Best Way for New Parents to Buy Life Insurance?
July 5, 2020
Dear Penny: My Stimulus Check Came up $1,500 Short. Is My Ex to Blame?
June 28, 2020
Dear Penny: Will I Risk My Unemployment if I Go Back to Work Part Time?
June 21, 2020
Dear Penny: My Tenant Owes 4 Months’ Rent, but He Knows I Can’t Evict Him
June 14, 2020
Dear Penny: My Car Lender Let Me Skip Payments, Then Said I Was Delinquent
June 7, 2020
Dear Penny: Should Retirees Pay off Their Mortgage in a Volatile Market?
May 31, 2020
Dear Penny: What Can You Do if Your Stimulus Check Came Up Short?
May 24, 2020
Dear Penny: Should I Use Student Loan Forbearance to Pay Off Other Debt?
May 17, 2020
Dear Penny: Will Making My Daughter an Authorized User Help Her Credit?
May 10, 2020
Dear Penny: I’m Stuck at Home With Dog Fever. Can I Afford to Adopt?
May 3, 2020
Dear Penny: My Husband’s on Furlough. Should We Use 401(k) to Pay Off Home?
April 26, 2020
Dear Penny: We’re Broken Up but Stuck Together in Our Home Due to COVID-19
April 19, 2020
Dear Penny: Will Coronavirus Doom My Kids’ Plans to Work This Summer?
April 12, 2020
Dear Penny: If My Boyfriend Is My Dependent, Do I Get His Coronavirus Cash?
April 5, 2020
Dear Penny: If My Credit Score Drops Due to COVID-19, Can I Recover?
March 29, 2020
Dear Penny: I Just Retired. What Does Coronavirus Mean for My Savings?
March 22, 2020
Dear Penny: Should I Pay off My Mortgage and Give up the Tax Savings?
March 13, 2020
Dear Penny: Should I Use My Savings to Pay Off My Boyfriend’s Payday Loan?
March 6, 2020
Dear Penny: My Dad Wants Independence. He Can’t Afford It. How Do I Help?
February 28, 2020
Dear Penny: My Nephew Broke His Promise to Buy My Home. Should I Evict Him?
February 21, 2020
Dear Penny: Is It Rude Not to Tip Servers Who Bring Food to Your Car?
February 14, 2020
Dear Penny: I Don’t Have Much Money. How Do I Invest in My Granddaughter?
January 31, 2020
Dear Penny: My Social Security Isn’t Enough. Am I Doomed to Work Forever?
January 24, 2020
Dear Penny: I’m No Longer Dead Broke, So Why Am I So Scared to Buy a Home?
January 10, 2020
Dear Penny: I Don’t Owe Anyone Money… but I Also Don’t Have a Credit Score
January 3, 2020
Dear Penny: I’m a Broke Law Student. How Do I Catch up on Bills?
December 27, 2019
Dear Penny: I Helped My Daughter Buy a Car and Now She Won’t Make Payments
December 20, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m a Self-Made Man Worth $5M. Why Won’t My Wife Let Me Retire?
December 6, 2019
Dear Penny: I Just Got a Balance Transfer Offer. Is It Too Good to Be True?
November 29, 2019
Dear Penny: How Can We Cure Our Finances With $100K in Medical Debt?
November 22, 2019
Dear Penny: I’ve Paid Off My Business Credit Card for 11 Years. What Gives?
November 15, 2019
Dear Penny: Should We Use Our Emergency Savings to Pay for a New Roof?
November 8, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m Interviewing for My Dream Job. Do I Confess My Credit Is Bad?
October 25, 2019
Dear Penny: How Do I Pay Back $80K in Student Loans on a $42K Salary?
October 18, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m a Single Mom Making $60K a Year. How Can I Retire at 45?
October 4, 2019
Dear Penny: Should I Invest My $10K Savings or Use It to Pay Off Debt?
September 27, 2019
Dear Penny: I Just Graduated. Now How Do I Tackle My Student Loans?
September 20, 2019
Dear Penny: I Have Credit Card Debt, but I Seriously Need a Vacation
September 13, 2019
Dear Penny: We’re in a Deep Financial Hole. Is There Any Way Out?
September 6, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m About to File Bankruptcy. What Should I Expect?
August 23, 2019
Dear Penny: I Have No Credit History. How Do I Get Started?
August 16, 2019
Dear Penny: How Do I Tell Mom I’m Worried About Her Retirement Plans?
August 2, 2019
Dear Penny: I Can Get a 401(k) Loan and Pay Myself Interest. Should I?
July 26, 2019
Dear Penny: Did Co-Signing My Daughter’s Student Loan Kill My Chance of Retiring?
July 19, 2019
Dear Penny: My Fiance Was Laid Off. He’s Fine With Letting Me Pay the Bills Forever
July 12, 2019
Dear Penny: What Are the Risks of Opening Store Credit Card for a Discount?
July 5, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m 54 With No Retirement Savings. How Do I Get Started?
June 28, 2019
Dear Penny: How Long Will a Bankruptcy Stand in the Way of Buying a Home?
June 21, 2019
Dear Penny: I Have $84K in Student Loans. Can I Retire Next Year?
June 14, 2019
Dear Penny: When Does It Make Sense to Use a 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?
May 31, 2019
Dear Penny: We Want to Buy a House, but We Have $60K in Debt
May 24, 2019
Dear Penny: I’m a College Grad Making $11 an Hour. How Do I Find a Career?
May 17, 2019
Dear Penny: I Paid Off My Car Early. Why Did My Score Fall 79 Points?
May 10, 2019
Dear Penny: Should I Pay Off My Credit Card if That Means Saving Less?
May 3, 2019