The Monroe County Health Department will present Treasure Your Health: A Health Fair for Children from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 27 at the health department office, 2353 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich. The free services for children ages 5-18 will include back-to-school immunizations, dental services, child physicals, hearing and vision screenings, nutrition […]

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This article is on page 6A of today’s edition of The Monroe News: Children can learn how to budget their allowance money on smartphones with Monroe Bank & Trust’s new mobile app, Banker Jr. The app teaches good banking habits through games, whose selec­tion will be expanded throughout the year, ac­cording to an MBT press […]

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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 Families who are on tight budgets might be in a bit of a panic as to how to handle expenses relating to back-to-school season. Here’s a checklist of how to get help, […]

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Health Insurance 101, a free interactive session on the basics of health insurance, will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich. Blue Cross staff members will discuss the basics of health care insurance, managing costs and cost-saving benefits.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich., will host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class starting 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 24. The class meets once a week, for nine weeks, with “small group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship.” The cost of the program is $90. To register for […]

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From my experience and perspective, the one of the first programs you should look into if your K-12 family runs into financial issues is the school lunch program. The reason is this: The cutoff for reduced-price lunches is set high enough that many working families qualify, even if they make too much money for other […]

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The following announcements are for my readers in Monroe County, Mich. Walk in My Shoes Hope’s Closet, 6370 Jay Dr., Monroe, will host its Walk in My Shoes: Back-To-School clothing and school supply giveaway for families in need from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Aug. 15 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday […]

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This piece is in the August 2014 edition of Monroe County Parent: Money Matters: New book gives financial advice for teens By Paula Wethington Your teen might understand money better than you expect. But that doesn’t mean he or she has a grasp of every detail that will hit home with receiving the first paycheck, […]

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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 When you can’t drink or cook with public tap water, you’ll have unwelcome expenses in trying to work around the problem. A City of Toledo water alert that was in effect Saturday […]

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The social media viral story of the week in regards to poverty is this piece on Babble: What I learned after taking a homeless mother grocery shopping. A snippet “Here’s the thing,” she explained. “We can’t have anything perishable in the shelter. So, the girls never get enough fruits or vegetables. We don’t have a […]

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Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Amy Kuras for a piece for Michigan Nightlight about the strain of financial stresses on individuals, and some of the resources and programs whose goals are to help Michigan residents get through such a situation. It’s a pretty interesting read, with the headline of Learning to Live with […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Have you heard about the Walmart Savings Catcher? It’s a free smartphone app for Android and iPhone devices that could save Walmart shoppers money. It’s like the price matching promotion that I’ve seen many Monroe Walmart shoppers use by bringing competitors’ ads to the store. But the […]

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Monroe County Health Department Registered Dietitian Emily Bien will lead a Grocery Store Tour at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at Meijer, 1700 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, Mich. The theme for this tour will be Healthy on a Budget. “Learn how to eat healthy without breaking the bank,” the announcement said. Space is limited. To register, […]

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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 What happens if you rewrite a well-known movie name as if it portrayed a tight budget? That was the concept that went viral late last week on Twitter, a social network where clever parodies and […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget You will certainly spend some money if you take the family to the Monroe County Fair for a day, and more so if you make multiple visits during the week. But a bit of strategic planning, with the help of details that can be found in the […]

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This notice is in today’s edition of The Monroe News: FLAT ROCK, Mich. – An ex­panded list of specialty items will be offered when the Flat Rock Farmers Market returns Aug. 2 af­ter a one-year lapse. The market will reopen in a parking lot at the cor­ner of Arsenal and Gibral­tar Rds. one block west […]

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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 The most critical piece of a family budget involves how affordable the housing expenses are to income. In addition to taking up a large slice of the budget pie, housing is a […]

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This post is for my readers in and near Monroe, Mich.: Justice for Nevaeh will host its Annual Back to School Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 20 at Monroe Moose Family Center 884, 1320 N. Macomb St., Monroe, Mich. There will be free back-to-school supplies for the children; in addition to food, […]

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This announcement is for my readers in and near Monroe, Mich.: Hope’s Closet, 6370 Jay Dr., Monroe, Mich., will host its Walk in My Shoes: Back-To-School clothing and school supply giveaway for families in need from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday Aug. 15 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 16. Hope’s […]

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The Monroe News has an Associated Press feature about the “Good and Cheap” cookbook that is due out in hardback in September. After reading the story, I’ve decided to get a copy of the cookbook when it is issued. The goal is to use the food stamp budgets and create recipes that are delicious even […]

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