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Christine Bilger

A U of M student and Quicken Loans fanatic, Chrissy has spent the better part of her college career shouting herself hoarse while cheering on the Wolverines at the Big House. Her secret ambition is to be adopted by the Kardashians. When she’s not writing about personal finance or dreaming up plans for her future lottery winnings, she enjoys forcing her toddler to do cute-but-embarrassing stuff for family photos.
Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer: How to Make Living Alone Safe - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes Longer: How to Make Living Alone Safe

I love my grandma, and while I know she can’t do everything she used to do, I also respect that living with relatives just isn’t for her. She isn’t, however, ready to make the jump to assisted living. If you’re concerned about an older friend or relative who’s in the same situation, here’s what you can do to make things safe and easy some of the worry.

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Modular and Manufactured Homes: What's the Difference? - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Modular and Manufactured Homes: What’s the Difference?

Not all homes are built from the ground up; there’s truly more than one way to build a house. Today, let’s chat about two types of homes that are built in a factory – modular and manufactured – and the differences between them.

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Concrete Counters - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Choosing the Best Countertop for Your Home: Concrete

Are you trying to pick the best kind of countertop for your kitchen remodel? Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about concrete countertops.

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Do You Postdate Your Checks? Here Are Some Things to Know - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Do You Postdate Your Checks? Here Are Some Things to Know

Have you ever postdated a check? Did you know that postdating your check doesn’t necessarily ensure that the money will stay in your account until the date you wrote on the check? Don’t let misunderstandings or overdraft fees kill your bank account. Before you bust out the checkbook, here are some things to know.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?

After a recent (rather expensive) trip to the vet, I began to wonder if pet insurance would be a cost-effective way to get my pets the care they need. Is pet insurance worth the money? Let’s take a closer look to find out!

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Six Fresh Ideas for Nut-Free School Lunches - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Six Fresh Ideas for Nut-Free School Lunches

If your child attends a peanut- or nut-free school, packing lunches can be tough, but it is doable. Here are some healthy, nut-free school lunches that can be eaten cold and are a breeze to pack.

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Charge Your Smartphone Anywhere with These Cool Accessories

You know that sick feeling you get when your smartphone’s battery is about to die? I’d like never to feel that way again. Perhaps some day a company will make a smartphone with a good battery, but until then, we’ll have to learn to be prepared. If you can’t cope with a dead phone, here are six cool smartphone chargers and accessories for you to try!

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Three Low-Cost Ways to Capture Your Wedding Day - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Three Low-Cost Ways to Capture Your Wedding Day

Wedding photography and videography are EXPENSIVE! If you don’t have room in the budget for both, there are a few alternative options. Here are a few ways to get all the wedding pictures and videos you deserve, without going broke.

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Making Calories Count: Healthy Eating Tips from Nutritionist Laura Bonhard - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Making Calories Count: Healthy Eating Tips from Nutritionist Laura Bonhard

Did you pledge to lose weight or be healthier in 2014? Are your New Year’s resolutions starting to lose steam? I went on a healthy eating tour of Detroit’s Whole Foods with Laura Bonhard, a nutritionist consultant from Savorfull, and here are her best tips to help you make your calories count in the healthiest way possible.

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Five Inexpensive Ways to Dress Up Cheap Wedding Favors - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Five Inexpensive Ways to Dress Up Cheap Wedding Favors

Like most brides, my biggest wedding-related challenge is staying on budget. Favors are just one area where I really want to save money – so I’m compromising a bit on quality and going cheap. But here’s some good news for other budget-loving brides: Cheap favors don’t have to look cheap! Here are some ways to take your beer-budget favors to a champagne-budget level.

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