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B.O.P s in the E.C.T. s

January 31st, 2015

Monroe County is located on ancient lake bed. The flat land is the product of a time when Lake Erie had aspirations of grandeur. Flush with the melt waters of the great glaciers, the lake once lapped against the moraine hills around Ann Arbor (before the University was there, of course). Eastern Cottonwoods are the […]

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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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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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Wind Ghosts and Frozen Caterpillars

January 26th, 2015

  A walk out on the dikes at the Pointe Mouillee State Game area in the middle of winter can be a bit like walking the Arctic Tundra. Its little wonder that wintering Snowy Owls choose this place because it feels like home. Only broken cattail skeletons and clumped grasses serve as cover and because […]

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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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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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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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Whistlers Mother

January 18th, 2015

You may know, if you are one of the two people who actually read my blog, that I am a scientific name fanatic of sorts. I like them because 1.) you sound smarter than you actually are when you use them and 2.) they are quite fun and explanatory. With that in mind Id like […]

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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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One Pic Post: Cold Spell

January 10th, 2015

The winter temperatures have been hovering around the zero mark for the last few days. Its been a mild season up to now so this first Arctic blast has seemed more brutal than usual. While we humans spent our time complaining about it, the animal world took it in mute stride. Of course, animals have […]

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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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Taking care of your holiday rosemary plant

December 28th, 2014

Although nowhere near as popular as poinsettias, rosemary plants are becoming a favorite holiday plant. Rosemary trimmed to a conical shape bears a striking resemblance to a miniature Christmas tree. Though it may look like it, rosemary is not related to pine, spruce or any other evergreen trees. It belongs to the mint family of […]

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Protect fruit trees from mice damage

December 28th, 2014

Now thatthe fruit trees are alldormant, disease and insect pests have also gone dormant and won’t be bothering the trees until spring.That doesn’t mean the orchard is completely safe from pests. There’s another kind of pest active out in the orchard during winter; meadow mice, or more accurately, meadow voles. Voles look very much like […]

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