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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

Taking the bargain route

It all started with a single, attainable goal: buying a snazzy new Yeti cooler, filled with craft beer from microbreweries between the Inland Northwest and Texas. To make it happen, 32-year-old Tyler McGuffin of Spokane Valley applied the skills he ...

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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

‘Banking’ off the grid

Most people’s financial lives revolve around a credit union or a bank. They buy groceries using debit cards linked to their checking accounts and save money in savings accounts. For some people, however, there’s no solid center. They access financial ...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

Let ‘er rip to protect your identity

Any victim of identity theft, fire, or flood will be glad for the time taken in advance to file and store critical records. And, if you’ve ever had to settle the estate of a friend or loved one, you’ll be ...

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'Till debt do us part

Sure, his eyes are dreamy chocolate puddles. What’s his credit card balance?Unromantic as it may sound, the debt both partners bring to your marriage will affect your relationship, not to mention your finances.Debt and other financial challenges are among couples’ ...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

One Day University returns to Spokane March 11

Steve Schragis is looking for the right audience: one that is interested in reliving the college experience without all the drudge work of studying, homework, and exams. Welcome to One Day University. Founded in 2006, One Day University is a ...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

Get it together!

Ever been late paying a bill that became lost in a pile of paper? Could anyone make sense of your finances if something happened to you? Organizing your finances and important documents helps to reduce clutter and assures you’ll be ...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

Emotional Intelligence and Holiday Pressure

Larry (not his real name) is feeling dejected. It happens every year at the same time. It begins when the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder. It progresses when the trees shed their leaves and when the promise ...

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MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016

When paying online, verify first

Imagine sharing your credit card number with a half-dozen online stores ― big retailers, trendy boutiques, and a dog-toy company that seems nice enough. Trust that your account information is in good hands all around, because thieves can’t create attractive ...

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Where does the money go?

You’ve probably heard of co-ops: food co-ops, childcare co-ops, housing co-ops, energy co-ops. The stuff they’re sharing varies ― groceries, babysitting, real estate, kilowatt-hours ― but the concept is the same: In a cooperative, people join together to form an ...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016

Ben Cochran, football coach at Rogers High School, uses the tools of emotional intelligence to get the most of his players. (Dan Cooley / Spokesman-Review Marketing Department)

Coaches focus on emotions as much as skills

For someone who is just 13 years old, Danny Rupp appears inordinately mature. And not just in stature. Standing nearly 5-feet-9 and weighing around 146 pounds, the Garry Middle School eighth-grader is entering his fourth season of football – his ...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2016

3 ways to make money conversations easier

In study after study, money is often cited as one of the top conflict points in marriage. Finances can be an emotional topic for couples, especially when money is tight. So it pays to get in the habit of discussing ...

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

Saving for the future

According to two 2015 surveys – one by Google Consumer Survey and one by – 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans. Thirty-one percent of those between ...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016


Bird is the word

If you had been standing in our kitchen this morning and looked out the south-facing windows, you might have seen a large hawk perched atop a tall grape stake fence. ...