A Foundation of Investing workshop series will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 at the Milan Senior Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Ct., Milan, Mich. Gwen Hodges will provide information for the early investor “as well as those who are about ready to retire.” The class is free, […]

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Michigan Gas Utilities has a variety of programs to help customers manage and pay their bills. One is the Michigan Winter Protection Plan, which is in effect from Nov. 1-March 31, and is meant for senior citizens and those with limited incomes. Those who participate in the protection plan on an income basis will not […]

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The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will host a Food Day Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday Oct. 12 at their campus, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, Mich. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations highlighting local food, animals and growers. Food Day, recognized nationally on Oct. 24, began in 2011 […]

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The Monroe Thrift Shop, 119 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich., announces that its October specials include 50 percent off all clothing except winter coats.  The shop is also featuring Halloween costumes and homecoming dresses. The store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except the first Tuesday of every month when tthe […]

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Michigan State University Extension and AARP Michigan have teamed up to provide a two-part program across the state titled “Smart Choice for Health Insurance” and “The Health Care Law: Things You Need to Know.” The Monroe session will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday Oct. 6 at the Monroe County MSU Extension Service office, […]

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This Halloween deal is of interest to pet parents in the Monroe, Mich., area: The Friends of Companion Animals Resale Shop, 14500 LaPlaisance Rd., Monroe, has announced its “Spooktacular October Sale” includes half off all dog and cat costumes. The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 […]

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I’ve written multiple times about how buy one, get one free sales can save you money. The deciding factor is whether you can use all of the items you purchase during a reasonable amount of time or would have a purpose for that purchase. One good example: buy one, get one free shoe sales. The […]

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One of the most well known blogs on personal finance is Christian PF. The collection of money-making ideas on Christian PF’s Pinterest board is pretty extensive. One of those links leads back to this archived post on the main blog: 15 Quick Ways to Make $200 Quick. It’s a compilation of ideas from other financial […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: Have you ever thought about how stressful your life would be without a car? Whether the situation is related to lack of a license, inability to pay for repairs, or a lifestyle decision, none of the alternatives come […]

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The busiest food pantry donation drive seasons are in November / December to coincide with the holiday season; and in May to coincide with the start of summer. But if you have items in your pantry or stockpile that can be shifted around and sent to a donation basket as you change over your family’s […]

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The Fourth Annual Senior Expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4 at Mall of Monroe, 2121 N. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This event includes a variety of exhibitors on services and resources of interest to older adults, along with raffles and prizes. There will also be free T-shirts. This […]

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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 Halloween costumes used to be worn just for trick-or-treat activities on Oct. 31, or perhaps to a party with friends, co-workers or classmates in the week leading up to that date. But […]

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This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: The fall 2014 United Way of Monroe County Health Check clinics will be held at the following dates and times: Oct. 23: 8 a.m.-noon, Redeemer Fellowship Church, 5305 Evergreen Dr., Monroe. Nov. 6: 8 a.m.-noon. Carleton United Methodist Church, 11435 Grafton Rd., Carleton. There is […]

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Milan Seniors for Healthy Living will host a Senior Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 7 at Milan Senior Community Activity Center, 45 Neckel Ct., Milan, Mich. There will be a variety of free and low-cost health services such as flu shots, memory screening, document shredding services, blood pressure checks and ID […]

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A Monroe County Mobile Food Pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 27 behind Busch’s Fresh Food Market, 12599 Grafton Rd., Carleton, Mich. One free food package will be provided to the first 175 households. There is no need to register for this event, but those attending must provide an ID […]

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A Monroe County mobile food pantry will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Sept. 20 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville, Mich. One free food package will be given to the first 250 households. There is no need to register in advance, but those attending must show an […]

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Have you heard about the budget cuts that will affect about 20 percent of Michigan families receiving food stamps? Here’s a snippet from the Associated Press story at MonroeNews.com: A farm bill signed by President Barack Obama in February attempted to save money by scaling back what lawmakers called a loophole in the food stamp […]

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I’ve had some queries as to when my next grocery shopping class will take place. Here’s the information: 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 13 in Ypsilanti. Here’s the flier, and yes, this is a free event.

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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 Does your grocery shopping strategy revolve around an “as needed” weekly grocery list, purchasing only the items and quantity that are needed immediately? It may have been a habit you fell into […]

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The Area Agency on Aging 1-B and Dorsch Memorial Branch Library have teamed up to provide a Medicare and You informational series at the library, 18 E. First St., Monroe, Mich. “Are you new to Medicare or care giving for someone on Medicare? Do you have Medicare questions? Is your retiree health benefit changing or […]

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