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Food waste is money down the drain

How many times have you gone to pour milk in your coffee, only to see that the date on the carton was yesterday? Some people will instinctively throw it away, but chances are that's not what the label is intended ...

The keys to outfitting your first apartment on a budget

Moving into a place of your own for the first time is a huge step. I remember my first post-college apartment move. It was nothing special, but it was mine. It came with a few new challenges and responsibilities [http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/learn/life_events/renting_an_apartment] ...

Turn monthly bills into Lessons

When you're a kid, a few dollars can seem like all the money in the world. It can take weeks, sometimes months, to save up your allowance. When you finally decide to spend it, you might realize that $10 or ...

Plainfield reappoints and retains officials

Familiar and new faces will now roam the halls of the Village of Plainfield. Following an executive session, the Plainfield Village Board Monday approved an employment contract with Brian Murphy to continue on as village administrator. He was hired as ...

Make sure your property's assessed value is correct

Some homeowners can't wait to see the assessed value of their home drop. In fact, they'll tell you the bigger the drop, the better. Why? Your property taxes depend on your tax rate and your property's current market value, which ...

Weekly job fair at Workforce Center

Joliet – Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair hosted by the Workforce Services Division of Will County and the Illinois Department of Employment Security from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Workforce ...

SCORE presents annual Small Business Forum

Naperville, IL - With a growing number of Americans deciding they want to be their own boss, there's never been a greater need to understand the potential and challenges of running your own small business. At the 2017 Fox Valley ...

Flipping houses — It's not like TV

Flipping a house can seem like a walk in the park when it's wrapped into a few montages during a half-hour TV segment. Find a run-down property. Buy it. Take out a few walls, paint, replace carpets, upgrade the kitchen ...

What does retirement look like if you haven't saved?

The picture of retirement that many of us have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It's a time when you can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy ...

Is your road to retirement poorly mapped out?

Can you imagine going on an extended vacation without making any plans? No websites or tour guides consulted. No hotel reservations made. No itinerary mapped out. Of course not. If you wanted your vacation to be a success, you’d budget ...

Practical financial planning for parents-to-Be

Planning for a baby is exciting and sometimes a little frightening for expectant parents, especially first-time parents. The months will fly by and soon you'll be at home embarking on an adventure along with the newest member of your family. ...

Chapman to lead Center for Disability Services

The Board of Directors released a statement that Randy Chapman has been named President and CEO of Center for Disability Services, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Illinois Prairieland. Chapman has returned to the area from Rochester, MN, where he was ...

Mistakes on your tax return could lead to an audit

You're not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they're due a larger refund, most of us fear the ...

Romeoville, Lewis University new business incubator program

Lewis University and the Village of Romeoville have teamed up to develop the next generation of innovative businesses in the region. The Regional Alliance Business Incubator project will help local entrepreneurs develop stronger and healthier businesses through a partnership with ...

Rental properties can make good investments, but they come with risk

Maybe your financial house is in order. Your debt is manageable or paid off. You have an emergency fund and now you're looking for ways to grow your wealth. Or, perhaps you're planning ahead by learning about different investments options. ...

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