The Michigan International Women’s Show is very much geared toward those who are interested in fashion and beauty, travel, and pretties for the home. There are more than 500 exhibitors booked this year.

Some frugalistas, and I understand the hesitation, may think this huge vendor show is “beyond my pay grade.” But there really are items and ideas in a variety of price ranges. Besides, frugal fashionistas like to get the most impact for their money by purchasing unusual and handcrafted items. There’s plenty of that to choose from at this expo!

This year’s show is May 1-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Admission is $10 at the door, but you can get discount tickets at Kroger, buy tickets in advance, or take advantage of late afternoon specials. Those details are on the show’s web site.

Also of note: two of the seminar topics this year are “Women Financially Empowering Other Women” and “Girl, Make Your Money Grow.”

Show details are at http://southernshows.com/wde.

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The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop “Retire Wisely” will be presented at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 8 at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich. The workshop is presented at no charge and the topics include outliving income, inflation, unpredictable events, and rising health care costs. The […]

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CNBC has a report called Behind the cornucopia of higher food prices that details some of the specific food products and commodities whose prices have been or are expected to increase. The database includes a review as to how much prices have gone up in the past year. According to the chart, the Detroit area […]

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Are the kids’ birthday parties stressing you out financially? The Centsible Life has this post that’s worth a read: How not to go overboard on birthday parties. A snippet: … in many cases I live by the rule that if they can’t remember it as an adult (usually after the age of 5) then it […]

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The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop “Economic Update” will be presented at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 1 at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich. The presenter is Mark H. Johnson, J.D., M.B.A., Financial Representative. The program is free, but reservations are requested by Wednesday April 30 […]

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Monroe County Probate Court Judge Frank Arnold will give a presentation on Deeds, Joint Accounts, Pay on Death Accounts and Life Insurance at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 29 at Berlin Township Senior Center, 8000 Swan View Rd., Newport, Mich. He will discuss some of the estate disputes that have ended up in court, and how […]

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The following press release has been posted at the Michigan Secretary of State website: LANSING – Beginning May 1, Michigan veterans can display their proof of service right on their Michigan driver’s license. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today celebrated the official kick-off of Michigan’s new driver’s […]

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Do you have a closet, dresser, or as I once heard from a neighbor, a room full of clothes? Are they actually things you wear? Read this: If you buy the majority of your clothes for a fantasy version of your life, instead of the reality, you’ll end up with a lot of clothes to […]

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The Monroe County Health Department is hosting a PrepareAthon from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday April 30 at the health department office, 2353 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., with the theme of how to prepare for tornado weather and what can be done to help others should a tornado hit in Monroe County. America’s PrepareAthon […]

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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 I admit it. When my daughter started college in fall, 2007, we had no savings to help pay for it. This didn’t happen because of a lack of planning. It happened because my husband and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Most of the holiday meals that I hostess are brunches rather than dinners, as that’s how our schedule tends to settle out for the day. This is what I served for Easter Sunday 2014: Betty Crocker Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns. Sausage patties. Hashbrown patties. Pineapple and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Every now and then a recipe gets my attention with the thought “I can do THAT!” Betty Crocker’s Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns was the one that sparked my interest last week. Follow the link to get the directions. I spent part of Friday figuring out and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget One of the frugal hacks I’ve decided on for my kitchen is that I will keep only very basic cake, cookie and candy decorating supplies in the house. If there’s anything really fancy to be done in terms of cake or cupcakes, I can ask my sister […]

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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 on a Budget Every time someone tries to talk me into buying a deep freezer to stockpile meat and other groceries, I shake my head. I don’t want the hassle of trying to […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget High winds on the morning of Monday April 14 resulted in the first “severe weather” power outages of the 2014 season for southeast Michigan. The outages weren’t as widespread in Monroe County as they were in metro Detroit, but they did affect a couple of thousand people […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the link that I posted a couple of years ago about food safety at a power outage. Here’s the new link.  

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Are you looking for Tax Day freebies and promotions for Monroe County, Mich., and surrounding areas? I don’t forward second-hand information on my sales and deals roundups. I look for official announcements by the retailer or restaurant, and focus on businesses that actually are in the Monroe County area: Arby’s will host its fourth annual […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I will start this post by saying there was a time when it was considered a horrible mistake to throw away photo negatives. You were supposed to save them in a box or file cabinet, marked with date and identifying details, so that you could make reprints […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget There are three times of year in which those who prefer pantry-style menu planning or cook from scratch at least on occasion can do very well at the supermarket. They are: just before Thanksgiving, just before Christmas and just before Easter. The timing is meant to get […]

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The Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair will take place April 23 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 14801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, Mich. More than 100 employers are expected to participate, with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. The employment workshop is from 8:30 to 10:30 […]

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