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Posting selfies from The Bean? Make sure you’re not in violation of Chicago’s travel quarantine

Wondering how states and cities enforce traveler quarantines to help stop the spread of COVID-19?

Chicago health officials turn to social media for help.

The city issued an emergency travel order July 2 requiring visitors and residents who have traveled to destinations with problematic COVID-19 trends to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Authorities check the online posts of suspected violators.

If someone is on officials’ radar through contact tracing or other measures, that person’s social media accounts are checked to gather evidence for a possible citation, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said at a news conference Tuesday.

Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city's 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.
Chicago officials check the social media accounts of visitors and residents suspected of violating the city’s 14-day quarantine upon arrival from COVID-19 hot spots.

“Where we already have a concern, it’s one of the easiest ways to identify people who are not just breaking the travel order but flaunting

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15 Cheap Foods to Buy When You’re Broke

When money is tight, you’re obviously going to cut back on what you’re spending at the grocery store. But while spending less at the grocery store is a seemingly simple way to stretch your dollars, buying cheap foods for budget meals can wind up costing you — if you aren’t strategic. For instance, if you live on cheap snack foods that pack on the pounds and produce high cholesterol, eventually you could spend plenty on health care costs.

[See: 9 Secrets to Save Money on a Shoestring Budget.]

So try to fill your cart with inexpensive but also nutritious food items. If you’re looking for something tasty, healthy and cheap, consider these recommended items.

— Beans.

— Oats.

— Frozen vegetables.

— Bananas.

— Spinach.

— Brown rice.

— Eggs.

— Canned tuna or salmon.

— Chuck roast.

— Potatoes.

— Ramen noodles.

— Tomatoes.

— Pasta.

— Flour.

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25 Things To Sell When You’re Ready To Retire

Many people downsize in retirement as a way to cut back on expenses and make their lives simpler. For some, this means relocating to a smaller home or a retirement community. For others, this can just mean getting rid of stuff they no longer use anymore. If your retirement planning includes downsizing, there are numerous things you can sell to clear out clutter and add some extra funds to your retirement nest egg.

Last updated: Aug. 3, 2020

Your Home

One of the key things you need to figure out when planning for retirement is where you want to live. This might entail selling your current home, which for most people is their most valuable asset. You can use the funds to buy a smaller place or put the money toward rent and deposit any leftover money into savings. Downsizing your home can not only save you money, but it

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10 Steps to Take When You’re Facing a Forced Retirement

You spend decades of your life working toward the goal of retiring someday. There’s a ton of guesswork involved about when it will happen, how much you’ll need each year and even how long you’re expecting to live.

But when retirement happens sooner than you anticipated — due to a layoff, health issue or some other life event — your decades of retirement planning gets thrown off course.

Suddenly, your time to save is over. Now you have to make less money last even longer than you’d imagined.

10 Steps to Take When You’re Forced to Retire Early

Whether you’ve been forced to retire early due to circumstances beyond your control or you’re preparing for a worst-case scenario, know you still have options for a financially sound retirement. Follow these steps to help you adjust your plans.

1. Find Affordable Health Coverage

When you have to retire early, you’re hit

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26 Signs You’re Actually a Cheapskate

Although there’s value in being frugal, sometimes you can take it too far — and for minimal savings at that. Whether you engage in five-finger discounts or take more than your fair share of mints from the communal bowl, at the end of the day you’re simply stealing from business owners and sullying your image. Make sure you understand when you’re acting thrifty — and when you’re just being cheap.

Last updated: May 1, 2020

The Hotel Heist

Toiletries are among the many free luxuries that frequent travelers enjoy. But frugal folks sometimes cross the line by stealing extra soaps and shampoo bottles to take home.

If you have a habit of hitting up the housekeeper’s cart for extra bars of soap, you’re not only scamming the hotel, but you’re also wasting your time. After all, the savings on a sliver of soap are hardly worth writing home about.

Check

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50 Mindless Ways You’re Burning Through Your Paycheck

Budgeting your money is important, but even with a budget in hand, you might be spending and wasting your hard-earned dollars without even knowing it. And if you’re doing that, then you’re just going to have to work harder and longer to achieve all your goals.

By reducing your bills and watching how much you spend on incidentals, you can cut costs while stowing away funds for the future, so you can enjoy it more once you get there.

Last updated: July 28, 2020

1. Paying Too Much for Housing

Since housing is likely to be an individual’s biggest monthly expense, paying too much for it can easily break your budget. Personal finance experts recommend spending no more than 30% of your income on housing. You can spend less and save more by getting a roommate or moving to a different neighborhood or a city where housing is less expensive.

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How to Keep Your Skills Sharp Right Now So You’re Ready When Racing Resumes

Photo credit: Alfredo Martinez - Getty Images
Photo credit: Alfredo Martinez – Getty Images

From Bicycling

2020 has been the year of endless base building. When races started leapfrogging into summer and fall and then sinking like stones in the ocean of an endless pandemic, competitive cyclists went back to putting in miles, solo on the road or on the trainer. That’s great for building fitness. Skills? More like a chain left out in the rain.

As some local racing comes back online, those bike handling skills matter—a lot. Because, as everyone who rides and races a bike knows, good performance (and staying upright) also requires efficiency and control.

“All the training in the world does not get you ready to race unless you add the skills sessions,” says BJ Basham USA Cycling Cat 1 and Power Certified Coach and Peaks Coaching Group Master Coach.

Here’s how to keep your skills sharp and race ready when it

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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough, according to neuroscientists

If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you're getting insufficient sleep at night.
If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you’re getting insufficient sleep at night.

David Prado Perucha/Shutterstock

Most people spend about one-third of their day asleep. While scientists are still unsure exactly why we need sleep, they do know it rejuvenates the body and mind, making it critical for our daily functions. And a lack of sleep leads to cognitive impairments that you might not even notice, which may make it difficult to know if you are well-rested. 

Red flags you’re not getting enough sleep

Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you’re catching enough zzz’s. 

You fall asleep too quickly

“If you’re falling asleep within five minutes of crawling in the bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” she says. Instead, it should

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How much sleep you need each night and warning signs that you’re not getting enough

If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you're getting insufficient sleep at night.
If you find yourself dozing off during the day that could be a sign that you’re getting insufficient sleep at night.

David Prado Perucha/Shutterstock

Most people spend about one-third of their day asleep. While scientists are still unsure exactly why we need sleep, they do know it rejuvenates the body and mind, making it critical for our daily functions. And a lack of sleep leads to cognitive impairments that you might not even notice, which may make it difficult to know if you are well-rested. 

Red flags you’re not getting enough sleep

Ashley Ingiosi, a neuroscientist researching sleep at Washington State University, says there are a couple of indicators that you can look out for to determine if you’re catching enough zzz’s. 

You fall asleep too quickly

“If you’re falling asleep within five minutes of crawling in the bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep,” she says. Instead, it should

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Swimming Is One Of The Best Workouts You Can Do If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

Photo credit: Fancy/Veer/Corbis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Fancy/Veer/Corbis – Getty Images

From Women’s Health

You already know that cardio exercise is one common component of weight loss success. But if you’ve been relying on traditional methods like cycling and running recently, you might want to change up your routine and give swimming a try.

“Although swimming seems relatively hard and sometimes scary, it’s one of the best cardiovascular workouts anyone of any age can do,” says Kris Gagne, senior swim coach for Life Time, and a USA-registered and ASCA-certified swim coach. “It’s an aerobic workout that helps strengthen the heart muscle, and it’s easy on your joints, too, since the water will support 90 percent of your body weight.”

In fact, swimming can actually work as both a cardio and a strength activity. The act of swimming will pump your heart rate up and burn calories, while the different strokes and fighting through the

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