Online Executive Producer

Tara Finnegan Coates is part of AARP Media's Content Creation Team. She blogs regularly on a variety of financial topics.

Flexible Savings Accounts Offer Tax Advantages

The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman. Keep an eye out for a savings opportunity at work in the form of a Flexible Savings Account  (FSA) for next year. These accounts allow you to set aside funds for medical care and dependent care – and in many cases, the costs of public transportation and parking. See also: Need Cash for Health Care? Your contribution is pretax, which means that no federal and generally no state income, Social Security …

Get a Tax Extension? What You Need to Know for Oct. 15

The following is a guest post by Alan Kalman.  Fall is in the air and with it comes NFL football, the baseball playoffs, Halloween – and filing tax returns. More than a million of you who did not file your 2011 tax returns in April asked for the automatic six-month extension to Oct. 15. So get out all those forms (W-2s and 1099s) you received, and all your tax receipts and records and get started since time is running out. …

New Book Focuses on Great Jobs for Older Workers

According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, 2.5 million workers between the ages of 55 and 64 lost their jobs between 2009 and 2011. As of January 2012, less than half were re-employed. If you are trying to re-enter the workplace after retiring or get re-hired after a job loss, you’re going to need an updated resume and a plan. See also: Finding work after 50 AARP’s new book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps …

Saving in September

September just makes me wanna sing. First of all, I can’t get that Earth, Wind and Fire song “September” out of my head. I can hear Maurice White now. Ba de ya, say do you remember Ba de ya, saving in September Ah. you caught me. That’s NOT how the song goes. But think of it as a way to remind yourself that September is National Coupon Month. See also: Where do you find your coupons? September has been dubbed National …

She’s Got Game – at 85

Scrolling through Twitter the other night, I stumbled came across a great story by Golf Digest senior editor Stina Sternberg about an 85-year-old Ohio woman who got fitted for a new set of golf clubs. What caught my eye is that Pauline Whitacre says she “shoots her age or better on a regular basis.” Wow. Pauline has always had game. She was shooting in the 70s as a teenager. She has won multiple Ohio State Amateur and state Senior Amateur Championships. …

Pinching Pennies on Pinterest

My philosophy on saving money is pretty simple. I don’t buy what I don’t need. And if I buy it and I feel guilty about it (What am I going to do with this? This is too much to spend on this!) I’ll likely return it. There are some pretty smart cookies on Pinterest when it comes to saving money. I’m new to Pinterest and am completely overwhelmed by all the neat stuff out there. I want these people to decorate my …