Articles by christine-bilger

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.
Five Inexpensive Ways to Dress Up Cheap Wedding Favors

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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A Guide to Flying with Young Children

A Guide to Flying with Young Children

This past week, we miraculously escaped the polar vortex by spending the week in Orlando. Since Orlando is a twenty-some hour car ride from metro Detroit, we decided to fly. It was my 2-year-old son’s very first plane ride, and I have to admit, I was more than a little nervous about taking him on a plane – especially since my fiancé wasn’t able to come with us. But I survived the airport (and airport security) with a 2-year-old, and you can too! If you’re lucky enough to fly away from the winter cold, here’s what you should know about flying with a young child.

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Unique Home Style: Barbie Dreamhouse

Unique Home Style: Barbie Dreamhouse

Chances are, you can’t afford full-scale versions of all of Barbie’s possessions (the convertible, the yacht, the wardrobe), but there are tons of other ways you can transform your home to get a taste of the Barbie Dreamhouse life. If your unique home style is “Barbie Dreamhouse,” then here are some unique and glitzy items that can help you achieve the look.

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Five Potty Training Tips and Tricks

Five Potty Training Tips and Tricks

Just a few months away from turning the big number three, my son is doing a spectacular job. We started potty training less than two weeks ago, and I think he’s pretty much got things figured out. But getting it all started wasn’t easy. Here’s what I did, and here are my best tricks to help you potty train your little one.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Senior Citizens

Last-Minute Gifts for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens can be pretty hard to shop for. Every year, my grandma gets mad at me for getting her gifts because she “doesn’t need anything.” But I don’t get people gifts because I think they need something, I give gifts because I want them to know that I care. So what do you get the older man or woman in your life who claims to have everything? Well, if you’ve left the toughest bit of shopping until the very last minute, here are a few ideas.

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