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7 winter prep steps from ‘This Old House’ star Tom Silva

Brenda Richardson •
Chicago Tribune
Icicles and Snowstorm

Winter is coming whether you like it not. Before the temperatures drop any further, follow these steps to keep the cold out of your house, and the heat in, while saving money on your energy bill. If you’re an apartment dweller, you might be able to tackle some of the simpler projects without risking your

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How to make an open house work for you

Tara Mastroeni •
Forbes
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Getty One of the most exciting parts about being a buyer is getting to go to all sorts of open houses. However, when you’re actually thinking about making a purchase, these outings take on a much different flavor than when you’re just visiting one for something to do on a Sunday afternoon. All of a

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How to handle end-of-year payments

Julian Block •
AccountingWEB.com
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When I discuss year-end tax planning with my clients, many of them say they plan to accelerate deductions from 2019 into 2018. I caution them not to take their eyes off the calendar when they write checks at year’s end. Their efforts to offset write-offs against 2018’s income rather than 2019’s could be thwarted by

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Five giving tips for smart donations

John Wasik •
Forbes
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Of all of the Black and Cyber Days this month, Giving Tuesday is my favorite. It’s a chance to help your favorite organizations. But you don’t have to give exclusively on this day. You can donate any time until the end of the year  (to qualify for a 2018 tax write-off if you itemize). Yet

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