4 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

Let’s hope you’ve recovered from Groggy Monday, the day after we turn our clocks ahead an hour (and lose an hour of sleep) for that  convoluted practice called daylight saving time. Even though studies show that this fiddling with our sleep schedule is a bad idea – a higher risk of car accidents from sleepy drivers during the Monday morning commute, workplace injuries because of tired workers, a spike in heart attack risk – we’re still somehow wedded to “springing …

Rising Propane Prices, Shortages Add to Winter Woes

Persistent record-setting low temperatures across much of the United States are making this a tough winter for many families. Households face higher heating bills as prices for heating fuels continue to increase with rising demand sparked by the cold. Price increases for liquid propane have been significant. The Department of Energy estimates that 6 million households, mostly in the Midwest and Northeast, use propane as their primary source of heating fuel. Low inventories and high demand for the fuel have …

Learn More + Earn More = Live Longer?

How long you live has a lot to do with income and education. That’s the message from experts who testified on Nov. 20 at a U.S. Senate hearing on “Dying Young: Why Your Social and Economic Status May Be a Death Sentence in America.” >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter. As Steven Woolf, M.D., the director of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, put it, “the lower people’s income, the earlier they die and …

Tap These Tools to Figure Your Health Plan Costs

Looking to compare health insurance plans and costs? Read on. If you’re buying insurance  from one of the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, a calculator created by the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation may help you. It illustrates health insurance premiums and state-based tax credit subsidies that may be available to you if you’re  middle-income, under age 65, and not eligible for coverage through your employer, Medicaid or Medicare. (The calculator doesn’t work for people in New York, Kentucky, …

Food for Thought: Ways to Curb Lunchtime Spending

Planning to have lunch out with your coworkers? Chew on this: A poll of 1,005 adults found that, on average, we eat lunch at restaurants nearly twice a week at about $10 a pop – or about $936 annually, according to Visa. (And that doesn’t even include coffee-to-go and carryout.) If you were to save that $936 per year and invest it at a 5 percent annual rate of return, over the course of 30 years you’d have an extra …

Health Marketplace: Costs for Similar Plans Can Vary Widely

By Jordan Rau and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Consumers shopping in the new health insurance marketplaces will face a bewildering array of competing plans in some counties and sparse options in other places, with people in some areas of the country having to pay much more for the identical level of coverage than consumers elsewhere. A Kaiser Health News analysis of the 1,923 plans being sold on federally run online marketplaces found wide variations of price and availability. For instance, …