The Social Security secret that gives the rich more benefits

Social Security provides retirement benefits to tens of millions of Americans, but the program also has a progressive nature to its monthly payouts. By giving low-income workers a higher percentage of their former salaries than high-income workers receive, Social Security provides more support to those who need it more, and many policymakers see that as…

Is your Macy’s, Sears or Kmart closing?

Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images Retailing giants Macy’s and Sears Holdings are welcoming the new year by closing more of their doors for good. Macy’s is shutting down 68 of its department stores, and Sears Holdings is closing 150 Sears and Kmart locations. Macy’s: Fewer stores, better experience The Macy’s stores being shuttered are out of the current total…

Best Buy Black Friday Deals 2016

Portland Press Herald/Getty Images If you’re in the market for electronics, game consoles, wearables or other products, Best Buy is offering a slew of discounts this year. The doors open at 5 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day at Best Buy stores in 47 states across the country. Nearly all of them will remain open…

Best Target Black Friday Deals 2016

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images It’s time to gather your wish list. Target Black Friday deals have been announced. This year there are a number of opportunities to save on electronics, clothing, household items and other products. Once again, Target is kicking off Black Friday with a presale on Wednesday, Nov. 23. You can get started early…

Can I get time off work to vote?

Mark Hirsch/Getty Images On Nov. 8, your employer might be required to pay you for voting. 28 states guarantee registered voters will receive time off from work to vote, and 21 of those ensure you’ll get paid for that time. In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court approved state laws that required employers to allow time…

5 great tailgate party essentials

Sean Murphy/Getty Images Football season is in full swing. For some fans, the tailgate party is the main event. To make your pregaming as successful as possible (See GasBuddy’s Football Road Trip guide here), you’ve got to have good friends, food and music. But you don’t to overspend your party essentials. Here are some tailgating…