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Pump Up the Savings: 10 Ways to Spend Less on Gas

These days — and especially with the summer driving season in full swing — conspiracy theories abound as to what’s behind high gas prices. It's hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, you could find gas at $2 a gallon. In Chicago, where I live, … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Cheap Alternatives to Common Everyday Expenses

Everyone frets over major purchases and overanalyzes them as if their financial future depends on their choices. But rest assured that when you've really screwed things up and you're sitting there wondering where it all went wrong, it will have been … [Read more...]

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Desperate Ways to Scrounge Up Extra Cash

When money gets tight, standards get loose, and any and all options for scooping up more cash become viable possibilities. The desire to sacrifice your dignity for some easy cash extends to those of all social backgrounds, which is why you'll see … [Read more...]

Money Mentors: Rich Hebron on What Gen-Y and the Homeless Have in Common

Well, here's something you don't hear every day. When Rich Hebron graduated from DePaul University in 2011, he had plans — and not of the full-time employment variety. Instead of pursuing a traditional route like some of his friends, he decided … [Read more...]

The 20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single

We've seen all sorts of finance-based top 10 cities lists that either state the obvious or seem oblivious. No doubt you've seen them, too, and perhaps rolled your eyes: the 10 best places to get a job, own a home, start a family, hit the lottery ... … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Estate Planning Myths And Why You — Yes, You! — Need a Will

In your twenties, it’s easy to put things off. After all, you’re young, invincible and have all the time in the world. Retirement savings, medical check-ups, returned phone calls to mom and credit card balances all seem like they can wait for another … [Read more...]

Budgeting for Home Expenses: Expect the Unexpected

Americans are buying houses again. Home prices throughout the United States are expected to increase an average of 13 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. If you’re about to pur … [Read more...]

Why Aspiring Entrepreneurs Need Business Insurance

Considering striking out on your own? If you're thinking of starting a small business, or have just started one, then you need to know three things, each of which break down roughly into the global, the social and the financial. The global: Job … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Hidden Costs to Avoid at All Costs, Part Two

Last week I ranted about the ways weddings, funerals, cars and cell phones have a way of latching their leech-like maws onto your wallet and siphoning away unexpected costs. This week yields the epic sequel to that potboiler. Expect thrills, chills … [Read more...]