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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.
Using Gift Money for Your Down Payment: What You Need to Know

Using Gift Money for Your Down Payment: What You Need to Know

You might think that you can just use whatever financial gifts your friends and family give you for your down payment, but it’s not as cut and dried as you might think. When you’re qualifying for a mortgage, the source of the funds in your bank account will matter just as much as how much money you actually have. Here’s what you need to know if someone’s given you money to put toward your down payment.

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How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

With a fish, two cats and a child to take care of, I don’t have much time, or the skill, to take care of a garden. But I still want some plants around the house. So I did some research and found out that air plant terrariums require the least amount of gardening skill and knowledge – so of course that’s the type of terrarium I went with. If you lack green thumbs but still want to DIY a terrarium, here’s how to do it!

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

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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