Personal finance: Check your Social Security statement once a year to avoid …
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By: MICHELLE SINGLETARY | The Washington Post

I just had a birthday and decided to take a look at my Social Security statement.

But I’ll be honest about how I came to even remember I should check it. I was looking around the Social Security Administration’s website trying to help my husband find some payment information for his elderly father when I realized I hadn’t signed up to get my statement online.

In the past, I would have gotten the statement in the mail about three months before my birthday. But in a cost-cutting move, the SSA decided last year to stop the automatic mailing of statements except in a few situations. The agency decided to mail paper statements to workers in the year they reach age 25. It’s a one-time mailing and has started with people who turn 25 in October, a spokesperson for SSA said. Additionally, people 60 and older also get a mailed statement if they haven’t already begun receiving Social Security benefits. Everyone else has to get his or her statement online.

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State Hosts Personal Finance Conference at HCC
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State Hosts Personal Finance Conference at HCC

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — People from across the area turned out Saturday to learn how they can get their personal finances in order.

The conference was hosted by State Treasurer Steven Grossman at Holyoke Community College.

It included tips on things like saving and budgeting.

The event was free of charge and open to all ages — and folks from 19 to 80 years old ended up coming out.

Certified financial planner Dee Lee was the keynote speaker. She stressed the importance and giving people the tools to take control.

“We give them tools today that they can walk away with that they can change their lives with, and today is a life changing event. When people walk in that door, they already come motivated to do something different, to spend their Saturday with us, to dedicate a day to help them manage their fiances better,” says Lee.

The conference offered different workshops on things like buying a house, getting out of school debt and how and budgeting your money.

This is the second money conference in Massachusetts this year.

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