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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Michigan International Speedway is close enough to Monroe that various promotional displays and appearances have taken place in the area in the days leading up to the NASCAR races hosted by MIS. These events tend to be announced on short notice, but we’ll post any that we […]

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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 and Monroe on a Budget If you enjoy watching fast cars, be sure to add a NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway to your list of “must do” events. The owners and […]

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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 One of our favorite family activities when my daughter was in grade school was to pack up a picnic cooler and spend the evening along the Lake Erie shoreline. We lived in northwest Ohio at […]

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Are you looking for free or cheap things to do with the family in Monroe County, Mich., this summer and fall? Stop by The Monroe News office, 20 W. First St., Monroe, during business hours; or and get this book, or look for it at area hotels, restaurants, and at the Monroe County Tourism Bureau […]

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This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: The Monroe County Fair has posted its 2014 premium guide. This is the booklet that spells out which competitions are available in both 4-H and open class (adult) divisions. You’ll find the fair premium guide at this link. Pay attention to the deadlines as they […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. Did you realize you could spend as much as $30 on one pre-filled Easter gift basket this year? It’s true. Even though some retailers are selling filled baskets in the $5 to $10 range, those arrangements typically have […]

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The following is on page 5A of today’s edition of The Monroe News. The Michigan Activity Pass presented by the Li­brary Network has been renewed for a second year. The program is support­ed by federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Nearly 400 public librar­ies, including the Monroe County Library System, and […]

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Are you looking for non-candy treats for the Easter baskets? I usually include small trinkets total value no more than $5 a person in our candy baskets. While I haven’t finished shopping for 2014, this is what I purchased for Mom, Dad and adult daughter in 2013. The gel clings, Hot Wheel car and stickers […]

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If it’s Fat Tuesday, it’s Paczki Day in Monroe. These fried treats are based on the Polish traditions before Lent, and are comparable to very large filled donuts. Even one paczki is not all that expensive. That being said, the Monroe on a Budget tip is: Don’t buy more packzi for your family than everyone […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you live in the Toledo, Ohio, area, the chances are pretty good that you’ve been to a Toledo Mud Hens game. My husband and I go to at least once almost every year. The other minor league professional sport that calls Toledo home is the Toledo […]

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My husband and I took our “out of state” vacation this spring, but our family’s summer calendar has been filling up with day trips. As it turns out, most of these day trips were low budget outings. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to: Toledo Mud Hens baseball We go to two college or […]

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This is my annual Monroe County Fair on a Budget piece, updated for 2013! Read all about the Monroe County Fair, July 28-Aug. 3, at our special section on monroenews.com. By Paula Wethington paula@monroenews.com How much will you spend to get in the gate, buy some food or merchandise, attend an event or enjoy the […]

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This announcement is for my readers in southeast Michigan: Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Township, Mich., will host the program “Campfire Cooking Basics” at 6 p.m. Saturday July 6. “Let’s go beyond hot dogs and marshmallows with some yummy campfire fare,” the announcement said. The fee is $5, and advance registration is […]

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The 2013 Michigan Activity Pass project is a partnership between nearly 400 public libraries and 60 arts and culture organizations in Michigan. The goal is to provide reduced-cost or free access to a variety of cultural and artistic sites and services across the state. With this program, anyone who holds a valid library card from […]

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The Monroe Evening News wants to contact local fans who are going to Friday’s Detroit Tigers home opener – so we posted a call-out on our Facebook page Monday. A couple of people expressed their dismay on that thread that they couldn’t afford to go to the Tigers game. So let me tell you about […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe Evening News. Here is this week’s installment. Easter is a wonderful holiday season for families on a budget, as many popular traditions are frugal in their own right, or can be made so. Discussion points: Easter eggs: Eggs are cost-effective food and can be […]

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If I had seen this idea on the web only once this year, I would have laughed it off. In fact, that was my reaction when I saw it the first time. But after seeing repeated mentions, including in this month’s First for Women magazine, I think it needs addressing. The idea is: have the […]

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Fat Tuesday 2013 falls on Feb. 12. You could pick whichever “flavor” you wish to enjoy on Fat Tuesday and it’s generally inexpensive family fun. There are multiple Fat Tuesday traditions known to be observed in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio, but paczki pretty much crowds them all out. Paczki is a filled donut that […]

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Smithsonian magazine has announced the details for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! event, which takes place at participating museums on Sept. 29. For one day, participating locations across the country will have free admission inspired by the policies of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The program is meant to encourage learning and educational […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Mondays in The Monroe Evening News. Here is this week’s installment: If your family already enjoys picnics on the beach and nature hikes during the summer, consider adding camping to that list of activities. As one of my frugal friends, Maxine Sullivan of Frugalista Files, has said, “If […]

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