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Why you need a cash cache

Donna Freedman •
The Simple Dollar
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These days you can live a pretty much cash-free life. But it’s smart to have at least some greenbacks on hand for emergencies – a collection of lucre that I call the “cash cache.” To be clear: This is not an emergency fund. It’s money you keep on hand at home, but separate from your

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Over dinner, Chicago residents connect with homeless

Vikki Ortiz Healy •
Chicago Tribune
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At a trendy restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, diners sat at a table near the front window and chatted casually over drinks. To someone looking in from the busy stretch of Broadway, the dinner party looked like any other group of friends grabbing a bite after work. But these unlikely dinner companions — a homeless

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Home renovations best left to a pro

Christy Bieber •
The Motley Fool
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Making home improvements can boost your resale value and enhance your living space, especially if you choose the right upgrades to make. But home renovations can also be costly, with the average price for remodeling rooms ranging anywhere from a few thousand dollars to six figures and beyond. Investing some “sweat equity” by doing some

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10 common credit score myths

Matthew Frankel •
The Motley Fool
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The FICO credit scoring model is misunderstood by many consumers. There are some popular misconceptions about what actions can boost or damage your score, what’s factored into your score, and how your credit score affects your ability to buy a home or car. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most common credit

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