Counting too much on Social Security is one of them. So is underestimating how long you'll live.
A new study says seniors who depend on Social Security have lost 32% of their buying power since 2000.
Beginning in May, those applying for benefits will only be able to receive them via electronic payment. If you're currently receiving checks, you have two years to make the switch.
Millions of Americans are doing it.
The two obvious choices are to trim benefits and/or increase taxes, but there are still tough decisions to make.
Nearly all their anticipated safety nets have developed gaping holes, and few have saved enough.
The furlough of government employees would cause some pain, particularly to those 800,000 who would have to go without a paycheck.
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