Earlier this year, retired Independence Blue Cross claims administrator Dennis Phipps, 57, received unpleasant news about his retiree health insurance. Effective April 1, his $66 monthly premium for coverage for himself, his wife, and their 7-year-old daughter would increase nearly sixfold - to $368 a month.
Gail MarksJarvis: As a parent, should I be helping out my daughter financially, and if so, how much? She is 42, never married and without children. She has a part-time job that pays $9 an hour. Though she once had about $60,000 in savings, she's spent it on her condo and education. She did not complete a degree.
Brad Billingsley could have been waiting for his tee time at a U.S. golf course. Instead, the former Lafayette, Calif., resident and his wife, Linda, were in a lagoon off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, snapping photos of gray whales bobbing next to their small charter boat. "Every day, it's an adventure here," Brad said.