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For Howard Wood, a functioning cellphone isn't a luxury; it's vital for his job. The Downers Grove resident works in a 100,000-square-foot warehouse, so the cellphone allows him to be accessible to his co-workers. When he signed up for service from...
Chicagoan Deborah Harrington never had a mortgage. When she bought her apartment in a South Shore co-op building more than two decades ago, she paid in cash. To cover her bases, she took out a home equity line of credit, which she could access in an...
Diana Sanchez paid $280.17 for new glasses at J.C. Penney Optical in the Orland Square Mall. Her husband, Paul, paid $445.81 for his. Together, the Tinley Park couple plopped down $725.98 for new specs Jan. 26. It was a lot of money but they weren't...
After a sleepy winter during which motorcyclist Loreen Targos received no parking tickets, the Loop resident awoke March 13 to find a new violation envelope affixed to her motorcycle, allegedly for "parking or standing in violation of an erected sign."...
When she planned her family's spring break trip to Phoenix, Lesley Shifrin was meticulous. She logged on to American Airlines' website Nov. 1 and booked four tickets — paying for two with cash, the other two with miles — then selected four...
Finding a parking spot on North Halsted Street in Lake View is rarely easy, so when Bridget Bowen saw an open space in the 3500 block on the evening of Nov. 17, she thought she had struck gold. She put on her turn signal and began backing her Saturn Ion...
It has been almost a decade since Donna Mosier got divorced. At the time, the couple discussed their joint accounts, including credit cards, and took measures to officially sever their ties. Her ex-husband kept the couple's MasterCard and Home Depot...
Navigating a prescription drug plan can be difficult, but Barbara Stonewater was sure she had it figured out. Last year the Aurora resident used AARP's Medicare Part D plan, run by UnitedHealthcare. Under the "preferred plan" option, her copays were...
Before he visited the doctor to get custom orthotics, Gil Harris contacted both Medicare and his supplemental insurance company, Aetna, to see if they would pay for the shoe inserts. Medicare said no but Aetna said yes — as long as the bill was...
It was a glorious fall day and Steve Thompson's in-laws were visiting from California, so he gathered up the family for an afternoon drive. The St. Charles family made it to Lake Geneva, Wis., before the fuel gauge on its Chevy Traverse edged toward...
It was a remodeling project that led Juli Eardley to the old file cabinet. The former Chicago resident, now living in Menomonee Falls, Wis., was contemplating new flooring in her home office and decided the old cabinet would have to go. Before...
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