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Halina Matt

Halina has spent years working to perfect her command of the written word, annoying – er, assisting – many a friend or family member along the way with her pedantic nature. She has an affinity for uncontrollable laughter, British television, take-out Thai food, and writing about personal finance, home and family – not necessarily in that order. When not typing away, she spends her time hanging with her seriously awesome family. Seriously. They’re awesome.
Couples Advice: Getting on the Same Page with Finances - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Couples Advice: Getting on the Same Page with Finances

When it comes to relationships, communication is key. You talk to each other about your feelings, your plans for the future, how many kids you want to have, and even what you’ll have for dinner. These things are a no-brainer. However, there’s one topic that, no matter how important it may be, many couples steer clear of like the plague: their finances.

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Healthy Easter Basket Alternatives

Easter is less than a week away, and if you’re anything like me you’re wondering how you’ll find the time to get everything done. Don’t worry! Here are some easy Easter basket alternatives that’ll both satisfy your kids expectations and keep you from worrying about their health.

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Does Working from Home Make You More Productive?

There’s been a growing conversation in the news lately regarding the pros and cons faced by businesses when they allow employees to work from home. All of this discussion begs the question, “Is working from home a help or a hindrance to the workplace?” The answer, according to a recent Stanford study, is pretty clear: there can be definite benefits for both employer and employee.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): How to Treat and Beat the Winter Blues

Feeling a little down this winter? You might have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Read on to see how SAD impacts your mood during the winter months.

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Will Work for Stuff: Using Rewards to Modify Your Child’s Behavior

It can be very difficult to get our kids to accept responsibility for their everyday tasks, and it can be even harder to instill in them the understanding that things like video games and TV are privileges that are earned. When you factor in the many things parents juggle every day, it can be a seemingly impossible task. This is where a reward system can help.

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My Robot(s): How to Unplug Your Kids and Limit Screen Time

If your children were lucky enough to have received a tablet or video game system over the holidays, you may now be scrambling to figure out how to get them to focus on something ­– anything – else. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your kids aren’t spending too much time in front of those glowing devices. Here are some tips to help you reduce your family’s screen time.

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Finding the Right Time to Sell Your Stuff Online

This time of year provides us with a unique opportunity to rake in the dough by selling goods that others may be looking for. Just like those poor, forgotten playthings on the Island of Misfit Toys, so too can your no-longer-used possessions find a new home. Here are some tips on selling the right stuff at the right time to maximize your return on investment.

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Drought Conditions Drive Up Prices at the Grocery Store

This summer’s drought is about to affect your grocery bill. Dry weather means no rain. No rain means no water for plants. No water for plants means limited crops. Limited crops then translate to record prices on corn and soybeans, which then means – you guessed it – higher prices at the supermarket. I can hear your collective groans and I concur.

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Think Renting Is Cheaper Than Buying? Think Again.

With all the talk nowadays concerning the housing market, it can be hard to understand what your best options are when it’s time to find a new place to call home. With recent uncertainties in the housing market, many cities have seen rents rise beyond the cost of homeownership, making now the perfect time to buy.

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