April Curtis Money Scavenger Hunt with a side of Social Security!
Thank you to the 41 intrepid people who dove into the topic of social security for the March Scavenger Hunt. Congratulations goes out to Jean A, our March drawing winner. Don’t fret, though, there are still two more months to play! And on top of the monthly drawings, each month you play, you are entered into the grand prize drawing.
Last month we added not one but two awesome new prizes. Now, monthly winners from one of the following prizes: a crockpot full of kitchen items; a feast with all the fixings; a sewing machine; a AAA Plus annual membership, a FitBit, a farm credit to Whatley Farms (which you can visit at the winter market as well as the summer markets) or a year of curbside composting if you are in the service area of WeCompostIt! Last month’s winner chose the Whatley Farm credit and enjoyed her part of her $100 bounty at last week’s winter market – how happy does she look in the above photo?? Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!
The April topic is retirement. Test your knowledge and be entered to win monthly prizes valued at up to $100 and a grand prize of $500 in heating oil, propane or electricity credit. The grand prize drawing will take place on National Scavenger Hunt Day, May 24, 2016. Visit either https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZQTKQL or http://www.curtislibrary.com/making-it-in-maine-beta/scavenger-hunt/ to play!
There were so many amazing questions about social security raised last month that we want to bring the expert to you with the third Ask the Expert Lecture! Social Security is a complicated, ever changing landscape that impacts each of us uniquely. Join Social Security Administration ‘s Public Affairs Specialist, Elizabeth Newport, to learn about upcoming changes to the laws and how you can be prepared! Lunch will be provided at this not to miss event. Wednesday, April 13 at 12pm in the Curtis Morrell Meeting Room. This will be recorded for those who cannot join us.
Get a head start on Social Security and learn more about an expiring option to help you maximize your benefits. It is called the File-and-Suspend Social Security Claiming Strategy. You can check our the great article from Kiplingers, a magazine we have in library as well as available on flipster for digital download, by clicking the link. Basically, the popular tactic one spouse to file for and immediately suspend benefits in order to open the door for the other spouse to claim spousal benefits which allowed allowed a family to collect Social Security while one or both spouses accrued delayed-retirement credits, hiking benefits by 8% a year between ages 66 and 70.
Play again this month for another chance to win and to learn how your library can help you Make it in Maine. You can do it! We can help.