This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: The next quarterly distribution of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in Monroe County will take place in December and early January. This program is administered on the local level by the Monroe County Opportunity Program. Community members must provide identification to prove they are […]
This post is for my readers in and near Monroe, Mich.: A Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 26 at Cozy Corner Coney Island Diner, 2020 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich. The menu includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and sides. This dinner is meant for those in need, […]
The Monroe Thrift Shop, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich., has announced it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and observe its regular hours on Black Friday.
The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: Santa makes a list, and checks it twice. But I say those who are watching their Christmas budgets make a spreadsheet, and check it repeatedly! My Christmas spreadsheet has the names of people we intend to buy gifts […]
The Monroe International Association of Fire Fighters Local 326 will host its annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, parish hall, 937 E. Third St., Monroe, Mich. More than 750 people attended last year, and attendance is expected to be higher this year. Santa will […]
Are you hoping to snag some deals on Black Friday? Consumer Reports has helpful suggestions that particularly apply to high-tech items at its article Black Friday Shopping Tips. The tips include using apps, retailer Web sites and social media to research prices ahead of time; and deciding ahead of time as to which features you’d […]
This is a reminder for my readers in Monroe, Mich.: The traditional Black Friday ad stack will be in The Monroe News‘ afternoon edition of Wednesday Nov. 27. We don’t publish a newspaper on Thanksgiving Day. So even though you may hear or see announcements from national retailers that their ads will be “in Thursday’s […]
Kmart has announced its doorbuster sale hours for Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013. Thanksgiving Day: In-store specials 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; another round 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Black Friday: In-store specials 6 a.m. to noon. Those details, and the sales fliers, are on the store’s Web site.
The Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich., has announced its 2013 holiday season hours. Doors open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, with the mall remaining open overnight and until 10 p.m. Black Friday. The Rock the Mall Midnight Ball with music, giveaways and refreshments starts at 11 p.m. Thursday. The fourth annual […]
This week’s Kroger ad for Monroe and Dundee had this announcement: All Kroger stores will close at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and will reopen on Friday, Nov. 29, at regular time. All Kroger Pharmacies will close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and reopen at regular time on Friday.
I don’t have much freezer or pantry space, so I’ve pretty much maxed out what I can do with supermarket stockups. But if you still have room, this is one of the best times of year to load up on groceries. Items that are trending in the sales and deals this week in Monroe, Mich., […]
There are people who love to plan out a purpose for every dollar as soon as that paycheck arrives. And then there are the rest of us, who are fed up with the time and hassle of rewriting a budget every month when life doesn’t go as planned; much less trying to mesh weekly pay […]
A creative idea that is best described as Freecycle meets swap meet has started in Monroe, Mich. My co-worker Caitlin VanOverberghe has the details for The Monroe News at Local giving tree group gathers to swap, donate items. A snippet: Sara Brauer-Morris searched through bags and bags of children’s clothing piled in the back of […]
The Associated Press has this update, posted at MonroeNews.com, on the question of non-conforming health insurance plans: WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are […]
The American Farm Bureau Federation has posted its annual “cost of a turkey dinner” study. As reported by the Associated Press in a story posted at MonroeNews.com, it works out to $49.04 to feed 10 people: The group estimates the cost by averaging non-sale food prices around the country based on feeding 10 people a […]
This post is for my readers in and near Ottawa Lake, Mich.: Zion Lutheran Church 8307 Memorial Hwy. Ottawa Lake, Mich., will host a presentation Tuesday Dec. 10 from Cliff and Ken Hunter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The church will provide a soup and salad dinner at 6 p.m., and the program starts at […]
Monroe High School in Monroe, Mich., has posted the following announcement on its Facebook page: Attention Seniors and Senior Parents: StudentScholarships.org or http://www.studentscholarships.org/ is Michigan’s leading source for finding scholarship money and the largest scholarship database on the web. You can register for a free account. There is also information on the website about college […]
When I gave one of my grocery class this weeks, I heard a great tip from a mom who was in the audience regarding the cost of diapers. She had a membership to Costco Warehouse. Now while that retailer has no locations in Monroe County, there is one in Toledo. As I’ve learned, there are […]
The Atlantic has an interesting article and map called Why is Childcare Getting So Expensive? that’s been the focus of some discussion on Facebook this morning. Michigan is shown as one of the “most expensive” states with day care costs compared to median married couples’ income adding up to more than 12 percent of the […]
This program, given today to a Head Start parent council at Jefferson Early Childhood Center in Monroe, Mich., is an expanded version a recent newspaper column. I also gave this class last week at South Monroe Townsite’s Head Start parent meeting. Hello everyone! My name is Paula Wethington, and I’m one of the reporters at […]