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4/17/20

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What It’s Like to Get Debt Counseling

Lisa Rowan

Not too long ago, I found myself in so much debt I didn’t know how to begin to deal with it. I didn’t feel comfortable asking anyone in my family or social circle for help, even though I knew I needed some backup to allow me to look at my situation objectively. So I called a debt counselor.

4/17/20

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How to Check If You’re Eligible for Food Stamps

Nicole Dieker

If you’ve been laid off, furloughed or have lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might already have filed for unemployment or requested financial assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program. But you might not yet have considered applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka “SNAP”—a…

4/17/20

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What Really Happens When You File for Bankruptcy

Kristin Wong and Lisa Rowan

Bankruptcy is a last resort for people and businesses alike. Many companies file for bankruptcy and continue business as usual; the lesser-known reality is that individuals can file for bankruptcy and emerge in one piece, too.

4/16/20

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Insurance

Your FSA Now Covers Advil and Tampons

Lisa Rowan

Here’s a nice surprise for your wallet: The CARES Act, which is known primarily as the primary piece of coronavirus relief legislation, also tucks in some changes that make it easier to pay for a wide range of healthcare items.

4/16/20

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Which Companies Are Still Hiring Right Now?

Lisa Rowan

Between mass layoffs and a rash of hiring freezes, the rocketing unemployment rate has many wondering if it’s even worth looking for a job right now. And if you’re hunting for work, you might feel like you’re up against millions of people vying for whatever meager jobs are left amid the coronavirus shutdown.

4/15/20

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Explainer

How to Get Your Gym Membership Fees Back During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Lisa Rowan

Many gyms have followed the lead of companies in various parts of our lives that have relaxed their payment policies during the coronavirus shutdown. After all, the gym is closed. If you can’t use it, you might not feel like paying for it— or have the means to pay for it.

4/15/20

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4/15/20

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4/14/20

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Housing

How to Sell Your Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Lisa Rowan

If you were thinking of selling your home this year, you might assume the coronavirus has put a pause on that plan indefinitely. But real estate is an essential service during the shutdown. It may be more difficult to complete the process of selling your home during this time, but it’s certainly not impossible. Here’s…

4/14/20

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Where to Donate Your Stimulus Check

Nicole Dieker

I haven’t received my stimulus check yet, but I’ve already decided that I’m going to donate whatever amount of money I receive. Why? Because I’ve been working consistently throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which means I don’t need to make up any lost income. Nor do I need to put the check towards an emergency fund…

4/14/20

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4/10/20

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Insurance

Can You Still Get Life Insurance During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Lisa Rowan

Among the many contemplative moments brought on by weeks of pandemic-induced isolation, you might be asking yourself whether you should get life insurance—or whether your existing policy covers death due to the coronavirus.

4/10/20

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If You’re Self-Employed, You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program

Nicole Dieker

Earlier this month, the federal government launched the Paycheck Protection Program, which gives small-business owners the opportunity to apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan designed to help businesses make payroll during the coronavirus pandemic. If the loan money is spent on certain designated…

4/10/20

1:30 PM

Credit Cards

Ask For More Time to Earn Your Credit Card Signup Bonus

Lisa Rowan

Remember when you signed up for a new rewards credit card and got pumped to earn your signup bonus? Your plans to book a bunch of flights, pay for the gas for your daily commute, or stock up during your weekly grocery run to earn points have probably flown so far out the window you can’t even see them. Now you’ve got…

4/10/20

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4/9/20

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Credit Cards

How to Protect Your Credit During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Lisa Rowan

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, you might be concerned about the long-term impact any changes to your finances could have on your credit. Relief checks and delayed payment timelines are helpful, but can they ultimately hurt your credit score or history?

4/9/20

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How to Prioritize Your Bills

Nicole Dieker

If you’re having trouble making ends meet due to job loss, furloughs or other coronavirus-related financial uncertainty, you might be asking yourself which bills you can afford to skip this month. Should you make the credit card payment and put off the water bill, or is it better to do it the other way around?

4/8/20

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