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Tips for simplifying your finances

 Money Basics – 11 Ways to Grow your Emergency Fund 

Sometimes you have a little emergency and it really helps to have a stash of money in your emergency fund to pay an unexpected bill.  Our refrigerator died a couple of months ago, may it rest in peace. There wasn’t much warning. One night I noticed was that the ice cream didn’t seem quite as hard as usual, but the next night it was normal. I thought maybe we had just not quite shut the door tight enough or something. But no, the following day the stuff in the refrigerator section wasn’t very cold either and – lo and behold our refrigerator was dead. We only have one fridge. There’s no extra chest freezer or “beer fridge” in the basement. And our refrigerator was well stocked because we had just done a “big” grocery shopping. We were about to…

Money 101 – 3 Steps to Starting a Savings Habit

It’s never too early (and it’s never too late!)  One of the things that helps me feel less stressed and more balanced is knowing that financially I’m in a good spot or at least heading in the right direction.   We all have different levels of “comfort” when we think about our finances.  One person might need to have a million dollars in the bank (or better yet in safe high-interest investments) to feel comfortable while another person might be comfortable just being able to pay their bills and putting a few dollars into savings each week. Money is funny that way. What you think would be so easily “quantifiable” because it’s a numbers thing, is really a lot more ambiguous because of how we each view money and what our circumstances are. Don’t let your…

15 Fun & Free things to do in Chicago – Sometimes the best things in life are free!

Mini shopping spree in your favorite online store or bunch with a dear friend? Fancy new car or the 3-week trip through China you’ve been dreaming of for years? Which would you choose? Which would make you happier? Did you know there have been a bunch of studies that have shown that the things that make us happiest in life aren’t really things we have, but rather the experiences we have. When we buy things, like a new car or a new pair of diamond earrings, we may experience the giddy joy of ownership for a short while, but these studies show that that happiness we get from buying doesn’t last nearly as long as the happiness we get from spending that same money on an experience – like a vacation or a night out with the girls or a mani/pedi with…