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Social Security For Dummies, Third Edition

By Jonathan Peterson

Social Security for Dummies

Book Description

Get the benefits you’ve earned

Social Security For Dummies is the one guide you need to navigate the often-complex world of Social Security benefits. This updated edition offers clear guidance on when to claim benefits, how much you can expect to receive, where to find Social Security calculators, and so much more.

Since its inception in the 1930s, workers across the United States have set aside a portion of their wages to fund the Social Security Administration. For many, Social Security forms the foundation for their retirement income. Social Security For Dummies provides you with all the information you need to take charge of your retirement, maximize your financial well-being, and successfully navigate the U.S. Social Security Administration. You’ll get up-to-date information to—

  • Make your way around the Social Security website
  • Know your Social Security options, including retirement, survivor, spousal, and disability benefits
  • Find resources when you’re stumped
  • Get answers to common questions

Retirement is meant to be enjoyed—and Social Security For Dummies makes it easier.


Praise for Social Security For Dummies

Social Security for Dummies is a must read for people of any age who want a comfortable retirement. Jonathan Peterson does a great job of explaining this complicated system and helps you understand how to get the most from the benefits you've earned. The difference between a smart claiming strategy and a dumb one can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, so you'll want to invest in this book.”

—Liz Weston, personal finance columnist and author of The 10 Commandments of Money

“This is your go-to book on Social Security. Chock-full of useful tips, easy to use, and well organized, it answers all your questions about Social Security.”

Steve Vernon, author of Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck and CBS MoneyWatch commentator

Social Security for Dummies is indispensable for anyone who wants to get the best possible deal from Social Security — and that means all of us, young and old, because everyone will need Social Security benefits in this era of disappearing pensions and dwindling savings. Strategies for single people, for married couples, for survivors, for divorced people: You can find expert advice on all these subjects and more in this easy-to-understand guide to a very complex subject.” 

 — Bob Rosenblatt, editor of HelpwithAging.com and Senior Fellow at the National Academy of Social Insurance

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