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No emergency fund in coronavirus crisis? Here’s what to do now

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At a time when the stock market has declined significantly from its pre-pandemic highs, now may seem like the perfect time to invest. Here’s why you probably shouldn’t.

As the saying goes, when markets get volatile, “cash is king.” That wisdom holds doubly true now, as the coronavirus pandemic has not just sent markets into a tizzy, but inflicted significant damage on virtually every sector of the economy.

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At a time of significant financial stress, American families who have a large emergency fund can sleep easier, knowing that they can rely on their cash cushion to help get them through this downturn. But some families don’t have a sizable emergency fund saved up—or don’t have one at all.

If you

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How coronavirus could alter the way we shop for clothes from now on

Normally, this would be the time of year when many people would be refreshing their wardrobes for warmer weather and looking for the latest spring and summer styles. But these are far from normal times, and our shopping priorities have drastically shifted from buying cute spring dresses to stockpiling groceries.

Over the last few weeks, retailers have quickly pivoted to online-only operations as the spread of coronavirus has forced brick-and-mortar stores to temporarily close. Many brands are struggling to adjust to the “new normal.”

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As the outbreak continues to evolve, many retailers and shoppers are wondering: Will stores be able to survive the pandemic? Will more consumers turn to online shopping? And will coronavirus end up changing the way we all shop for clothes? TODAY Style spoke to industry experts to get some insight on how coronavirus might

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Last Man Standing’s Tim Allen Shares Season 9 Hopes, Ideas for Mike

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Nancy Travis and Tim Allen in LAST MAN STANDING. Fox

Remaining hopeful. Season 8 of Last Man Standing was forced to wrap before filming its finale, forcing the April 30 penultimate episode to serve as the final episode of the season. However, star Tim Allen is hopeful that the show will be renewed for a ninth season — and that the original finale can serve as the premiere.

“I think it would be outstanding as a premiere,” the comedian, 66, told Us Weekly exclusively. “You’d save it, we could do some pieces over the summer.”

Last Man Standing aired on ABC for six seasons before getting canceled. Fox then picked it up for seasons 7 and 8 — and Allen says they’ve been talking about how season 9 would look.

“We have planned for a future

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‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Duane Chapman is engaged — get the details

Love is in the air once again for Duane “Dog” Chapman.

The reality star is engaged to Francie Frane.

“They’re very happy and looking forward to a long life together,” a rep for the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star confirmed to TODAY.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Frane told The Sun U.S. about the proposal, which took place at their Colorado home.

“I think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit. So when I came in I was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome’. Then he said, ‘Come in, sit down because I need to talk to you.’ So I put all the food in the kitchen and I came in and he said, ‘I know that God brought you into my life

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Your Home Improvement Project Can Wait — It’s Not ‘Essential’

I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but that home improvement project you are planning to tackle since you finally have a lot of time on your hands?

If it requires a trip to a home improvement warehouse store, it needs to wait.

I totally understand how frustrating that is. Like you, when I first heard how long we would be confined to our home, I planned on taking advantage of my husband’s reduced hours to knock out some of the projects we’d put on the back burner.

I wasn’t planning a shopping spree or anything, but I figured when we ran out for groceries, I could send my husband into a home improvement store to grab just what we needed for one project at a time. We could still limit ourselves to one trip per week as recommended. We’d stay in our own home the rest

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Virtual Design Services – Modsy Online Design During a Pandemic

For many people, home improvement and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With contractors and interior designers no longer allowed to set foot physically in their clients’ spaces, executing the dreamed-of design visions has been difficult at best. So it’s only natural if you’re among those who want to turn to an online design company that offers completely virtual—i.e., no personal contact—design services, providing clients with the tools they need to keep their redesigns rolling during this new era of social distancing. ELLE Decor recently spoke with Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style at the virtual design firm Modsy, to hear more about its online design process and what trends she has seen developing over the course of the past two months.

ELLE Decor: Can you give us a rundown of how Modsy operates?

Alessandra Wood: Modsy

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