Unemployment Benefits Explained: Terms, Definitions and More

Since the start of the pandemic, mass unemployment has rocked the nation. To help mitigate the damage, two economic stimulus packages allotted unprecedented sums of money to create new benefits programs that assist people who are out of work. Millions…

Some Mixed Earners to Receive $400 Boost to Unemployment Aid

Some freelancers, gig workers and self-employed people who lost work due to the pandemic will soon see a sizable boost to their weekly unemployment benefits. The new $900 billion stimulus package authorizes enhanced unemployment benefits for millions of jobless Americans,…

More Unemployment Benefits Coming: What’s in the Second Stimulus Deal

Just as approximately 14 million jobless Americans were to see their unemployment benefits expire, Congress passed a $900 billion economic stimulus package that extends unemployment programs by 11 weeks and boosts weekly payments. After suggesting the new deal did not…

5 Affordable Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

This holiday season is looking a lot different from years past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants us to celebrate the holidays within our own households to slow the spread of COVID-19. That means no cross-country trips to…

States Have Been Underpaying Jobless Aid. You Could Get Back Pay

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have collected Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits, there’s a chance that your weekly benefit amount was miscalculated — and that you might qualify for back pay. The Government Accountability Office, a congressional…

7 Free Video Platforms for Keeping in Touch with Family

Isolation, as you’ve likely discovered thanks to pandemic-related social distancing, is pretty challenging. Holing up alone, or even with a few of your favorite people, can be draining for even the most introverted among us. That’s why people have been…

3 Safe Ways Kids Can Make Money During the Pandemic

Ask most people to name ways younger kids make money, and the top answers are likely to be “lemonade stand” and “bake sale.” These enterprising ventures are rites of passage for pre-teens, who have set up stands on front yards…

Dear Penny: Should We Pay Off $74K in Debt or Save More Money?

Dear Penny, My husband and I are seniors who are currently working full time outside L.A. We have one month’s savings and not much in retirement due to a move and one of us being unemployed for two and a…

7 Ways to Sustain Working Remotely While Quarantined

Coronavirus lockdown restrictions have been lifted in many places. Even so, plenty of companies have extended remote work for large segments of their workforce. If this includes you, you may need to revisit your strategy on remote work and adapt…