The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: My part-time job when I was a teen involved delivering newspapers. As a result, long before I began my career as a reporter, I had experience with the biggest newspaper of the year. That last edition before Black […]

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How’s your shopping strategy shaping up for the holiday shopping weekend? A Nielsen survey shows that more than half (56%) of shoppers are planning to spend between $100 and $500 dollars on Black Friday and / or Cyber Monday. And that doesn’t include Small Business Saturday, which falls in between. Check out the Nielsen data […]

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The House of Restoration, 832 S. Roessler St., Monroe, Mich., will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Thursday Nov. 27. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call Pastor Mike at (734) 625-1993.

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Cozy Corner, 2020 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and needy starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 25. This is the 36th annual dinner, and is organized by the Steve, Sue and Peter Stylianou family in memory of Sue’s son, Michael Asley. More than 600 people attend every year, […]

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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 If your grocery budget is tight, you might be about to panic over the cost of ingredients needed to make Christmas cookies, candies and cakes. Some of the ingredients I noticed when […]

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The Monroe International Association of Fire Fighters Local 326 will serve its Annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church hall, 937 E. Third St., Monroe, Mich. Last year, more than 750 meals were served and organizers expect the need has increased this year. Santa will […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If your family’s grocery budget is tight, the holiday season adds even more stress. There are certain to be bake sale donation requests, classroom or office party invitations, or just a desire to make Christmas treats with the kids like many families do this time of year. […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Are you perplexed on calculating the quantities of pantry ingredients you need to purchase for recipes you plan to make during the holiday dinner and baking season? Here’s a handy chart that I created after wondering just that detail myself. This chart was calculated with the package […]

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I’ve been doing a lot of baking and home cooking this week, mostly because I had the time to do that with a couple of personal days off work. One of the dishes I made was homemade applesauce. I wasn’t planning to make applesauce, but I realized that a 5 pound bag of apples was […]

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This article is a heck of a read, not just for the parenting angles, but also for those who interested in issues affecting middle class / poverty / financially strapped families. How baby boomers ruined parenting forever at Quartz. A snippet: In America, today’s parents have inherited expectations they can no longer afford.The vigilant standards […]

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This post is for residents of Temperance and Lambertville, Mich.: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Nov. 24-Dec. 12 for its Thanksgiving Food Basket program. This assistance is limited to Bedford Township residents. Applications must be filled out Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; or Fridays from […]

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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 it comes to picking a holiday gift for a friend or family member who is jobless, skip the cute stocking stuffers and go straight to the practical ones. That’s the lesson […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget The Crafts 2000 store, which is part of the Pat Cataan’s chain, 15311 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe, Mich., is closing. But Monroe crafters are actually happy as to how this is working out, and I’ll explain. C2K, as the locals have long called the Monroe store, […]

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Monroe News columnist and Toledo TV personality Rebecca Regnier had a challenge in trying to prove health insurance eligibility for her family. The key: a missing marriage license document that she was able to request from the courthouse. You can read her story at MonroeNews.com at Verifying marriage hardest part of insurance. A snippet: I […]

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The presentation “Planning a Balanced Meal” will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 20 at Monroe Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2222 Sandy Creek Rd., Monroe, Mich. “You will discover how to prepare nutritious, well-balanced meals that are both tasty and economical,” the announcement said. The program includes live cooking demonstrations, samples, and recipes. […]

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The workshop “How to Start Your Own Business” will be presented Tuesday Nov. 11 in room 257 at the La-Z-Boy Center, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, Mich. Check-in starts at 5:45 p.m.; the class is from 6 to 8:45 p.m. The cost for this one-evening session is $30 a person. This program is presented by […]

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The Extra Blessings program at First Church of God, 2121 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., has run out of funds to support its personal care product ministry and will have its last distribution for now on Nov. 8. Monroe-area residents who have been clients of the program are asked to note that the time for […]

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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 Have you ever tried to pick a color palette for a big project such as kitchen décor or a wedding? It’s almost a paralyzing decision. While you might want all the colors to harmonize, be […]

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The Monroe County office of the Area Agency on Aging 1-B will host a Medicare Part D Assistance Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 18 at its office, 14930 LaPlaisance Rd., Suite 130, Monroe, Mich. Open enrollment started Oct. 15 and will continue to Dec. 7 for Medicare beneficiaries to join aplan […]

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A free prescription drug savings program has cut the cost of medications for Monroe County, Mich., residents by $4,158,929 so far in 2014. The service is from Watertree Health, which has reported a significant increase of use of its program during third quarter of 2014 as compared to earlier in the year. “As more people […]

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