Tanya LaPrade of Monroe has been named GreenPath Debt Solutions Client of the Year.

Read the story of how she paid off her debt earlier than planned – despite being off work for a time for illness and having a drop in income as ar result – at MonroeNews.com.

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This post is for my readers in Temperance and Lambertville, Mich: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Oct. 27-Nov. 14 for its Thanksgiving Food Basket program. This assistance is limited to Bedford Township residents. Applications must be filled out Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; or Fridays […]

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The Wings project in Monroe, Mich., has announced its annual Winter Clothing Giveaway. Winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats and other clothing will be distributed at no cost between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 18 at Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe. “Get ready for winter once again!” the announcement said. Wings is […]

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The Wings project, which operates out of Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe, has announced its 2014 Blanket Giveaway. Those who are in need in the Monroe area should stop by Eagle’s Nest Church between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 for the blankets. There is no cost. Wings is a volunteer […]

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The Monroe County Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 22 at Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, 333 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. Seasonal, part-time and full-time work opportunities will be highlighted. This event is hosted by the sports complex and the sponsors include Michigan Works!, Monroe County Intermediate School District and […]

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Half of my local readers in Monroe County, Mich., have work commutes that are out of town: specifically, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor. If you are among those people, you could easily get stranded on a closed freeway or away from home should winter weather conditions worsen suddenly. That happened twice in two years to my […]

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Are you at the stage in life in which a child’s birthday party, retirement party, wedding shower or baby shower invitations come at a frequent pace? The Budget Mama has some terrific ideas at 3 Tips to Help You Build a Gift Stockpile. She’s talking about pricebooking, having an idea of who you are likely […]

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Macy’s is one of the first major retailers to announce its Black Friday / Thanksgiving night hours. See Macy’s to open even earlier on Thanksgiving at monroenews.com.

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Thrivent Financial has scheduled a series of workshops in Monroe County, Mich., with the topic “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income.” Jeffrey Long, CFP, financial representative with Thrivent, will be the speaker, and the programs are hosted by Griff Crammond, Terry Gautz and Mark Johnson. There is […]

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A Resume and Interviewing Workshop will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 at the Whitman Center, room 9, 7777 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. This event is hosted by Monroe County Community College, and is free and open to the public. Topics will include: How to develop effective job search correspondence for today’s market. […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News About five years ago, I hosted a birthday party in which one of the guests was surprised at the arrangements. Instead of hot dogs on paper plates as I think she expected […]

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This post is for my readers in the Carleton MI area: The Ash-Carleton Goodfellows have announced sign-up details for their Thanksgiving basket project. All applications are due Nov. 4, and this assistance program is limited to residents of Ash Township or village of Carleton. The distribution date is Nov. 18. “Proper ID” will be requested […]

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This is the script for the “Grocery shopping on a budget” class I gave Oct. 13, 2014, at Ypsilanti District Library: Hello everyone! My name is Paula Wethington and I’m the Monroe on a Budget columnist and blogger for The Monroe News in Monroe. Thank you to the Ypsilanti District Library for inviting me to […]

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Dr. Ben Hanson, Dr. Tracey Smith, Dr. Eric Smith and the team at Brownstown Dental Care, 19249 Allen Rd., Brownstown Township, Mich., are participating Friday in Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. “Now more than ever, there are people in Brownstown who […]

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Are you looking for a cheaper way to handle the wedding planner book needs than spending $15 to $25 on a prepared organizer or book? Here’s what my daughter and I came up with, and it cost less than $10. A 1 inch binder. 5 plastic dividers. Purchased at Walmart for $5.77. Sheet paper. Plastic […]

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Did you read the piece on Huffington Post about the bride who hated all the headaches, money and drama that was involved with her wedding and pre-ceremony traditions? Here it is: “I regret having a wedding.” Sure, the day was great. It was fun and I was happy. But I was miserable for at least […]

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If you are looking for the 2014 trick or treat times for Monroe County MI, we have them at monroenews.com.

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The Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Oct. 11 at Bedford High School, 8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Mich. There will be a free food package to the first 350 households attending. There is no need to register in advance. Each household picking up a package […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News If the statistics pulled by the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey are holding up, then more than half of you have started shopping, or will do so within the […]

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A Foundation of Investing workshop series will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 at the Milan Senior Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Ct., Milan, Mich. Gwen Hodges will provide information for the early investor “as well as those who are about ready to retire.” The class is free, […]

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