When it comes to retirement planning, knowing how much the government is going to kick is helpful. You can always look at your Social Security statement (it shows up in the mail about three months before your birthday every year after you turn 25). But if you are not expecting it anytime soon, and are feeling ready to do a little financial planning, you can look it up online. The government offers a Web site that you can go to in order to help you with your retirement planning. Just click on one of these Social Security benefits calculators and learn what you are likely to get. There are also plenty of other retirement planning resources on the Web site.
Areas of Expertise: Personal Finance
Miranda is a financial journalist. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, online and off, and been mentioned by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, and Consumerist. Miranda is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report, and writes at the blog Planting Money Seeds. She is also a panelist for the Money Mastermind Show, and the Money Tree Investing Podcast.