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Apply online for MCCC scholarships, most due April 1

January 30th, 2015

Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Mich., announced it has launched a new scholarship application system powered by AcademicWorks to allow students to easily apply for scholarships online. More than 300 colleges, universities and foundations use AcademicWorks for their scholarship application and management processes. Before applying for scholarships via MCCC AcademicWorks, students must fill out […]

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Veterans assistance officer available Feb. 11 in Temperance

January 30th, 2015

An American Legion service officer will be available from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 11 at the Lynn C. Weeman Post 514, American Legion, hall, 11601 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. The service officer will be able to assist veterans with questions and claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “If you have injuries attributed […]

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Nine expenses you think you have your parents didnt and the reality

January 30th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I’ve seen numerous essays and lists on the Internet that try to explain the increase of cost of living in terms of things we have today – but our parents didn’t. The message: we’re lazy, inefficient and spoiled with material things that we could easily do without […]

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185 Year Old Alligator Shot in Mississippi NOT!

January 28th, 2015

Have you heard about the group of Mississippi hunters who shot and killed and alligator weighing 910 pounds that was reported to be 185 years old. The story goes that a total of nine (9) musket rifle wounds were found in the huge beast. Several of the 19th. century balls were extracted and analysis on […]

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Extreme Cheapskate Jeff Yeager to speak this week in Toledo

January 27th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Jan. 27, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Does the word “fun” correspond to”frugal?” If you are personal finance author and speaker Jeff Yeager, who claims the nickname “The Titan of Tightwads,” it certainly does. You may have seen […]

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Youll love the drugstore and supermarket deals this week (Jan. 25)

January 25th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I had stepped back from the weekly “sales and deals” chatter that many frugal bloggers are known for because the content was extremely time-sensitive and time-consuming, while not resulting in a lot of page views here on Monroe on a Budget. My readers were more interested in […]

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Fact checking Obama and Republicans

January 24th, 2015

Heres a little exercise to demonstrate that I hold facts above party affiliations. Lets look at that State of the Union address as a starting point to see how truthful President Obama was. Then lets look at Republican responses. Those responses reflect a battle in the Republican party that is likely to continue for at […]

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Kansas Concealed Carry Without Permit to Join four Other States!

January 24th, 2015

Kansas residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits under a proposed measure endorsed by a majority of state senators. Kansas would join Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, and Arizona as states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons stateside without a permit, according to the Natioal Rifle Association. The legislation has the full support […]

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Anthropocene

January 21st, 2015

“Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” –Aldo Leopold, “On a Monument to the Pigeon,” 1947 It is hard to […]

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Kid Rocks Big Cougar

January 20th, 2015

Kid Rock has done it again. The Devil Without a Cause singer has angered animal lovers by posing with fellow right-wing rocker Ted Nugent alongside a dead cougar, which they killed while hunting. As you might of guessed this has caused an uproar amoung the non-hunting public. Twitter and Facebook pages have been lambasting the […]

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Weddings by the numbers for Michigan brides

January 20th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Jan. 20, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington I discovered some fascinating facts about wedding trends and costs after my daughter started planning her wedding. None of them inspire an entire discussion on their own, but it is certainly a timely topic […]

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A different way to coupon. It worked years ago, and it still works.

January 20th, 2015

The following script is for the couponing workshop I’m giving to the Monroe County (MI) Head Start parent committees in January and February 2015. I post the script, some of the photos and a lot of reference links when I’m giving speaking presentations; so that people who weren’t able to attend can get the main […]

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Current food pantry requests: pasta sauce, cereal, toiletries

January 18th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I’ve concluded by watching the headlines and social media chatter that when one Monroe County food pantry is running low, others in the area likely are as well. Reason: those in need tend to contact one agency after another, in hopes of getting help as soon as […]

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Coupon industry is investigating Facebook groups that sell coupons

January 17th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget The Coupon Information Corporation, which is an industry association that has been fighting “coupon misredemption and fraud” cases since 1986, has posted the following request on its web site: The CIC is researching illicit coupon activities on Facebook. If you would like to assist, please provide the […]

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Caliphate

January 17th, 2015

The recent Charlie Hebdo attack has again raised the prospect of global radical Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, the reaction in the US continues to be myopic and uninformed. Heres just a sample. Network national security analyst KT McFarland blamed the shooting at Charlie Hebdo headquarters on France’s “really strict gun control” and “politically correct” policies that […]

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Meijer shopping cart Jan. 17: store coupons, brand coupons, sales

January 17th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget A couple of days ago, one of my co-workers gave me some Meijer checkout coupons to look over. She wasn’t going to use them before they expired; but she thought I might, and I happily took two of them. So when I reviewed my shopping list this […]

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Woman Downs Giant Montcalm County Buck!

January 16th, 2015

A Montcalm County Michigan huntress has been “grinning” ear to ear after downing “the buck of a lifetime” on November 20th. Valerie Hansen is relatively new to the sport of hunting deer. She has only been at it for 6 years, and it all started when a friend bought her a Hoyt compound bow. She […]

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2015 Michigan Turkey Application Due Soon

January 14th, 2015

Just a friendly reminder that the 2015 spring turkey applications are due by the end of this month. It’s probably not something your thinking about in the dead of winter, but don’t procrastinate, unless you plan on buying a 234 over the counter license. Even if you don’t apply for any of the “drawings” you […]

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Monster Non-Typical Whitetails of 2014

January 11th, 2015

Details are still a little sketchy about a huge Minnesota buck shot by Chris Warren near Winona Minnesota. The monster whitetail was taken with a bow while still in velvet. The deer had a least 20 scoreable points plus a drop tine. It was taken right around September 19th. of this year. The green score […]

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Lemon tree recovering from frosty fall temperature

January 08th, 2015

Sometimes gardeners are given plants that others can’t use or take care of but they just can’t bare to throw out.That happened to me this past summer when someone gave me a four foot tall lemon tree. It was in mediocre condition, a little weak and run down and needed some extra attention. I re-potted […]

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