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Best places to get money in an emergency when you don’t have an emergency fund

Staff Writer, Miriam Cross, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger
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It’s easy to underestimate what you need to set aside in an emergency fund. A dual-income household with reliable cash flow should keep at least three months’ worth of living expenses in a savings account or short-term certificates of deposit. But if you are the sole provider, have an irregular income or face steep child-care

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How to use home equity to your advantage

Tara Mastroeni •
Forbes

If you’re a homeowner or aiming to be one someday soon, you probably know that having home equity is a good thing. However, beyond that, many people start to lose track. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to solve the mystery of home equity once and for all. Read on to learn what it

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How to prepare: Caring for your aging parents

Mike Piershale •
Kiplinger
African American woman pushing father in wheelchair

Caring for aging parents is something you hope you can handle when the time comes, but it’s the last thing you want to think about. Whether the time is now or somewhere down the road, there are steps you can take to make your life—and their lives, too—a little easier. It’s time for a chat

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How to brace yourself for a Polar Vortex 2.0

Wintrust
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January 2019 is a month that will go down in Chicago history. Record-breaking low temperatures struck the Midwest, and even Chicagoans—known for their tough resistance to severe winters—were not immune to the frigid temps. It felt like the entire city and surrounding suburbs shut down, bracing ourselves for windchills in the -50s. Chicago gave in

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I didn’t buy life insurance for years thanks to 3 misleading myths, but I’m so glad I finally did

Africa Jackson •
Business Insider
Mother With Baby Working In Office At Home

Our generation wasn’t really taught about life insurance. Of course, most of us grew up seeing Alex Trebek’s insurance commercials, but his important message was targeting our parents and grandparents, not us kids. Before my son was born, I didn’t realize there was a difference between life insurance and health insurance. It sounds silly when

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