Aim for your neighborhood’s norm, appraiser advises. You’ve lived with those ugly kitchen countertops for a decade. Should you replace them now that you’re ready to sell your house? That’s not a simple yes or no question, says Scott Thompson, a certified real estate appraiser whose work has taken him inside hundreds of homes in the Spokane area. 

Books, sure. But would you expect video equipment, upholstery kits, or museum passes at the library ? all available for checkout? Many libraries are offering more nontraditional items and programs than ever. That means equipment, tools, classes, and training that you might have paid for in the past ? or skipped altogether ? are available free of charge. In other words: Put away your credit card, and pull out your library card. “We need to let go of the old-fashioned picture a...

Preparing your home for the market means making repairs and general sprucing-up ? but also making it easy for potential buyers to imagine their happy lives there. Before you show your home to buyers, put yourself in their shoes, advises Sara Ramirez, a Realtor at Century 21. Look at your home with a critical eye. More...

We all love surprises, unless they’re terrible. Like when it’s midnight on Tax Day and you can’t find your middle child’s Social Security number. When it comes to doing your taxes, boring is good. So, start now to gather all the information you’ll need from employers, financial institutions, schools, and others ? then enjoy a pleasant, though boring, evening doing your taxes. Whether you do your own taxes or hire a professional, you’ll need to pr...

So you’ve found someone to spend your life with. Congrats! Now all you have to do is make it official and throw a party. As you plan a wedding, it’s not unusual to watch the cost skyrocket. But weddings can be both memorable and affordable.

Taking better control of your financial future this year starts with going back to the basics, and creating or adjusting your budget to fit your life. First, figure out where you are right now. Use a spending diary to track your expenses for a month or two, looking for patterns and keeping an eye out for purchases that aren’t necessary or that you could have saved up for instead of financing. Second, you should set your financial goals for the short (one year), medium (one to ...

If you have time, talent, or treasure, you can make a difference at any of hundreds of Inland Northwest nonprofit organizations doing good works. But where to start? And how to make the biggest impact with the resources you have? Sherry Wallis, a former food bank director who now works in STCU community relations, suggests three questions to help direct your philanthropic urges: What’s important to you? Look for organizations that align with your goals and values. Is the o...

Preparing your home for the market means making repairs and general sprucing-up ? but also making it easy for potential buyers to imagine their happy lives there. Before you show your home to buyers, put yourself in their shoes, advises Sara Ramirez, a Realtor at Century 21. Look at your home with a critical eye. Walk through your home and property, clipboard in hand, recording problems you’d notice if you were shopping. That garage workspace full of dust and empty containers?...

Keep your head in a torrid homebuying market. After renting for five years in the Shadle Park area, Ashley and Dan Marlow decided to buy a home. They talked of reducing their commute time, and owning a home close to good schools, with a big yard for Eva, their dog. But in a seller’s market, where the number of buyers exceeds available homes for sale, they found home prices skyrocketing and panic setting in. “We had friends engaged in furious bidding wars, losing to more...

As children mature into teenagers, it gets more difficult to strike a balance where finances are concerned. How much money should parents give to their children? How much should children be expected to earn for themselves? How can children learn financial independence while getting the support they need? Marcee Hartzell, a community development officer in STCU’s Community Relations department, regularly goes into elementary, middle and high schools to discuss financial resp...

Lance Kissler thought his parents had prepared for everything as they grew older, with a good fix on their household finances and with long-term care and funeral policies in place. But when Lance’s mother suddenly fell ill and was hospitalized, his family discovered they weren’t as financially prepared as they thought. Lance had a better handle on this situation than many of us would. As STCU’s marketing manager, he’s surrounded by professionals well-versed i...

Ah, summertime in the Inland Northwest, with farmers markets and neighborhood markets bursting with fresh, local produce. Did you know this regional bounty can save you money? As general manager of downtown Spokane’s Main Market Co-op, Megan White is working to counter the perception that high-quality, regionally sourced, organically grown food is beyond the spending power of the average shopper. 

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 uses every day as an STCU accountant to plan an itinerary that would take him from Spokane to Waco.

At CenturyLink cyber security is not a job but an obligation. It’s about protecting our families, friends and finances and more importantly, consumers will see no change in their current online privacy protections. We will not sell data. Setting stronger passwords, changing your security questions, adding higher privacy settings and changing your passwords more frequently are some things you can do to make sure you and your family are safe when using the internet: Keep a ...

To install a new modem and router using an Ethernet cable, you need the following items. Modem Router Two Ethernet cables Coaxial cable Modem and router power cords Before installing your new modem, you need to disconnect your old modem from your cable wall outlet and computer first. 1 Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable wall outlet. Connect the other end to the modem. 2 Connect the modem power cord into an electrical outlet. Connect the other end to ...

SPOKANE, Wash. - Here are the SCRAPS/KHQ Pets of the Week! If you're looking for a new friend, take a look at Snuggles and Holly! 

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’ top causes of arguments and divorce. >More...

Ever been late paying a bill that got 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 prepared for whatever life throws your way. Here are some ways to help you get organized. >>More...

The Spokane County Library District introduces Engage, a new magazine packed with information about events, workshops and programs at the library. Just like all of the library’s events and programs, the magazine is free. When you open the pages of Engage, you’ll find classes, performances, and information for everyone. >>More...

KHQ.COM - These are your pets of the week for December 28th! This week, we are featuring two cats that are looking for new homes. Comet is a domestic short hair male. He is very sweet and has no known health issues. Parka is a domestic long hair male who is lovable with no known heatlh issues. 

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