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Relief for Parent Student Loans During the Coronavirus Most parent PLUS loan borrowers can receive student loan relief until Sept. 30 via the CARES Act. But help for private parent loans will vary.

Paycheck Protection Program: The Best Economic Rescue Package Ever Does the PPP cover paid sick leave? Yes, the PPP covers payroll costs, which include employee benefits such as costs for parental, family, medical, or sick leave.

By the numbers: First quarter 2020 After nearly three weeks of hiatus, it's time to get things back to normal around this joint! Has anything happened while I was away? Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, I'm ready to resume writing about personal finance.

How I Ditched Debt: Trimming Small Expenses to Achieve a Big Goal Neal Fogarty and his family cut expenses where they could to pay off his student loans. Read about Neal's journey and get tips to make your own plan.

The Guide to American Airlines First Class American Airlines is the only North American airline to offer first class on long-haul international flights as well as its transcontinental flying between major markets like New York and Los Angeles or San Francisco. American calls its first class product Flagship First.

8 Products to Reduce Anxiety and Stress Current events have you feeling a bit anxious? You aren't alone. Although there's no way to ensure complete peace of mind during this unprecedented time, there are certain things you can do to help alleviate some of the anxiety and stress you've been experiencing.

Here's My Zoom Security Checklist You can make Zoom, the popular video conference software, a lot safer by following these steps.

How to Access IHG Executive Club Lounges The InterContinental Hotels Group, known as IHG, has nearly 6,000 hotels across 14 brands in 100 countries, including Crowne Plaza hotels, InterContinental properties, chains like Holiday Inn, and all-suite properties like Candlewood and Staybridge Suites.

Make the most of lockdown with free learning opportunities If you are keen to use your spare time in lockdown to add another skill to your CV or learn a new talent how about signing up to a free course?

15 Tips for a Super Profitable Yard Sale But if you use your idle time to start preparing for your next sale, you will be poised to cash in once we all return to our normal daily routines. The early bird gets the customers. Instead of starting your sale on a Saturday morning, start on a Friday.

Major UK gas firms 'unlikely' to pass on wholesale price cuts Smaller firms offering reductions to households but ‘big six’ face ‘challenging times’.

Covid-19: More families could be eligible for child benefit It is urging working parents who previously stopped claiming child benefit because their earnings took them above the ceiling but have now suffered a loss of income due to the impact of coronavirus to reapply.

UK workers hit by the economic pain of coronavirus need an income guarantee - Rory Macqueen A minimum income standard is more feasible than universal basic income – and could become a lasting safety net, says Labour activist Rory Macqueen.

Perfect shelves and unblocked drains: 10 easy DIY tasks to transform your house quickly From hanging pictures to resealing the bath, now is the time to tackle the jobs you have been ignoring – many of them much simpler than you think.

4 Things Retirees Should Know About Their Stimulus Money Citizens and residents are eligible to receive the payment if they are not claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return and their income is under a certain amount. Having income is not a requirement for receiving a payment, and receiving Social Security benefits does not bar you from receiving a payment.

HBO Offering 500 Hours of Free Movies and Shows Anyone with an internet connection can stream this premium entertainment for free right now.

How I got scammed by p2b fraudsters - and how we're fighting back The money goes back and forth from my bank account to them, and comes back when requested. Now which project should I invest in? There is a promising "Shredder Machine" project coming soon. 24 months, 20% interest, buy back guarantee. The company wants to buy the expensive shredder machine to sub rent it.

The 25 Best U.S. Colleges, Ranked by Cost You don’t have to be a brilliant scholar to know college is expensive. Checking costs shows you what you are getting into.

We say we value key workers, but their low pay is systematic, not accidental - Zoe Williams If they are to be first, not last, we have to look at the conditions that drive wage stagnation, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams.

US Stocks vs. International Stocks vs. US Bond Index Returns Since 2000 If you can take it, here is some more humbling food for thought. Here is a comparison of the growth of $10,000 invested in either the Total US stock, Total International Stock, or Total US bond index fund from the beginning of this century until the end of last week.

Apple MacBook Air review: 2020's near-perfect consumer laptop Updated processors, a price drop and an excellent new keyboard only add to this fantastic traditional laptop.

Kirstie Allsopp on life in lockdown: 'People think I’m a robust, gung-ho person. I’m not' The presenter is filming a home crafts series – complete with live-in film crew – to help take everyone’s minds off things. She discusses privilege, pressure and her worries about Britain’s housing divide.

Cashing Out a 401 Due to COVID-19? Consider These Things First If you're confident you'll stay with your current employer for the next five years, a loan may be a better option than a withdrawal. Workers who stay with their employer will have five years to pay back the funds before facing taxes or penalties, and the interest paid back into the account can help make up for lost returns.

I tested positive for coronavirus. Here's what it feels like. It's official: I tested positive for coronavirus. You've probably heard people say that if you're young, healthy and you contract Covid-19, you're likely to only experience mild or moderate symptoms. I'm 36, a non-smoker, in shape, fit and healthy, with no chronic conditions.

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