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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By Paula Wethington Did it occur to you that a four-year college degree might take five or more years to complete? I’ve done the math to explain why a minimum class schedule that is considered full time for financial aid and scholarship status won’t be enough to graduate on time. It basically works like this: […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget My grandmother got married during what was an incredibly difficult time to settle into a new household and start a family. Rationing of food in response to the wartime efforts started with sugar in early 1942. At the time, my grandmother was a senior in high school […]

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By Paula Wethington My daughter currently lives near Indianapolis, and I recently spent a couple of days visiting her. A tourist stop I made on my own when I needed to fill time around my daughter’s schedule was to the Clabber Girl bake shop and museum in Terre Haute, Ind. The museum itself is free […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment. One thing I never understood about back-to-school shopping involves the custom some parents follow of replacing a child’s entire wardrobe every summer. A new outfit for the “first day of school” pictures, school IDs or yearbook poses certainly […]

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The Downriver News-Herald is reporting that Southgate’s Kmart will close this fall.

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By Paula Wethington I haven’t told a scrapbooking story in awhile, but I ran into a dilemma for someone who prefers her paper crafting arrangements to be budget-friendly. What can you do when the available paper and embellishment collections don’t match your photo collection? Themes that could work well for photos of my husband and […]

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By Paula Wethington Today’s talker on social media in terms of poverty deals with a subject that I heard referred to a year ago as “Suburban Poverty.” That demographic are those families who at one time were middle class or at least financially self-sufficient … but were hit in multiple directions because of the spiraling […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs weekly in The Monroe News. Here is today’s piece or find it on monroenews.com – be sure to share this one with your friends! By Paula Wethington Do you want to hear a good song about money, or the lack of it? Get out your mp3 player, dust […]

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Registered dietitian Emily Bien will lead a Grocery Store Tour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday July 30 at Kroger, 3462 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Mich. The theme of this tour will be grocery shopping on a budget. Space is limited. To register for this event or others sponsored by the Live Well, Be Well […]

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The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Workshop “Women and Money” will be presented at noon July 15 at Thrivent Financial, 19 Washington St., Monroe, Mich. This is a free workshop, and a light dinner will be provided. For information or registration, contact Griffith Crammond at griff.crammond@thrivent.com or (734) 384-8951.

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