We’ve noticed a surge in social media “vote for me” appeals this spring. As I wrote in 2010 when a flood of those were taking place, and again in 2013 when I learned about a wedding service contest, these popularity-based appeals seem like easy fundraisers at a time when nearly every traditional source of funding […]

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Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich., will host a food give away starting at 10 a.m. Saturday April 12. “Drive your car through the line and receive an Easter dinner,” the announcement said. One family per car, please. For information, go to http://www.crossroadson23.com

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Who is middle class? Many national studies peg it to individual interpretation, rather than just income brackets; as the cost of living can be dramatically different from one location to the next. Read this Associated Press article: More Americans see middle class slipping. Since 2008, the number of people who call themselves middle class has […]

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Schoolcraft College’s VisTaTech Center at the main campus, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, Mich., will hold a Job Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday April 10. More than 60 area employers in culinary arts, health care, manufacturing, technical and other industries will be available to accept resumes and discuss job opportunities with students, alumni and […]

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The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop, “Preparing for Long Term Care” will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday April 9 and again at noon Thursday April 10 at Monroe Family YMCA, 1111 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, Mich. This program is presented by Mark H. Johnson J.D., M.B.A, Financial Representative with Thrivent. Reservations are due […]

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The Alliance of Downriver Watersheds is hosting a rain barrel sale, with the goal of offering homeowners a discount on the water-saving, water-protecting devices. Purchasers can go online through Wednesday, April 23, and use the promo code ‘SAVEWATER’ to order rain barrels for pick up between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday April 26 at […]

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Which stores make the most money off food stamps? What are the grocery items that are most likely to be purchased at their stores? Marketplace tried to look into those details in its report: The secret life of a food stamp. Last year, a record $76 billion flowed from the U.S. Treasury to peoples’ food […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment, with reference links at the end: By Paula Wethington Is the era of double coupon promotions coming to an end? Shoppers might have reason to think so, as as the number of stores in Michigan and Ohio where […]

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Healthy Michigan, which extends Medicaid eligibility to people making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, launched today. The Associated Press article and links to the Healthy Michigan site and income charts are at MonroeNews.com.  

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March and April is when Ohio and Michigan authorities encourage area residents to create or update their disaster plans. Reason: This is the start of tornado season in our part of the country. While most discussions on creating a disaster kit are along the lines of a “72 hour kit” meant for you to stay […]

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The Safe – Smart – Seniors workshop by Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan will be presented at noon Wednesday April 9 at Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S. Dixie Hwy., Monroe, Mich. The speaker is Katy Graham, managing attorney with the Elder Law and Advocacy Center. The topic is “Top Ten Ways to Protect Yourself, […]

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The Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S. Dixie Hwy., Monroe, Mich., will host an Ask the Financial Advisor workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday April 2. The presenter is Monica M. Wagner, financial advisor with Edward Jones. The discussion topics will include: Have I saved enough for retirement? How will I pay […]

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This press release was sent Friday March 28 to various news outlets including The Monroe News. I was out of town that day, but one of my co-workers saw the announcement and forwarded it to me. The Columbus division as mentioned here includes the Kroger stores in Toledo and Lambertville, Mich. The stores in Dundee, […]

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Are you the cook who prefers “from scratch” recipes and working with a pantry and freezer stock as you plan out budget-friendly menus? It’s time for your talents to shine, as the Easter grocery sales are working in your favor as of this week! Check out some of the specials I’m seeing in the supermarket […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget It was never my approach to ignore our family faith tradition’s holiday seasons of Easter and Christmas completely. That includes the years when our finances were tight; and even now as we no longer have a little one to entertain. I’ve always looked for ideas that can […]

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Anyone who is into couponing these days has noticed the short expriation dates as compared to what was common a generation ago. That’s actually one of the statistics that NCH Marketing Services tracks throughout the year, and here’s a snipped in the press release of its 2013-year-end report: The average coupon offer duration declined from […]

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I knew couponing and discount-seeing was popular, but this statistic by NCH Marketing Services caught me by surprise. The 2014 Valassis Shopper Marketing Survey found that the share of consumers who reported using coupons regularly in 2013 remained steady at 80.9 percent. Read the rest at this pdf.

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I admit: I picked this idea up from another blogger during one of the (many) discussions taking place on Facebook about how difficult it is to actually promote a blog on Facebook without using paying for sponsored posts. I’ll try to add this to some of my recent and currently popular archived posts, and see […]

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Given the fact I bought some expensive supermarket and drugstore items today, this is a pretty good receipt at Meijer. I gave the clerk $69.98 plus seven coupons worth a total of $10.60 at check out for: A woman’s T-shirt on incredible clearance price of 80 cents. Yes, that’s right. I am giving it to […]

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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 If you brag about the percentage off listed on your grocery and drugstore receipts, you may be overestimating your couponing success. Here’s why: Many stores include sale prices as part […]

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