Macy’s is one of the first major retailers to announce its Black Friday / Thanksgiving night hours. See Macy’s to open even earlier on Thanksgiving at monroenews.com.

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Thrivent Financial has scheduled a series of workshops in Monroe County, Mich., with the topic “Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Maximize Retirement Income.” Jeffrey Long, CFP, financial representative with Thrivent, will be the speaker, and the programs are hosted by Griff Crammond, Terry Gautz and Mark Johnson. There is […]

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A Resume and Interviewing Workshop will take place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 at the Whitman Center, room 9, 7777 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. This event is hosted by Monroe County Community College, and is free and open to the public. Topics will include: How to develop effective job search correspondence for today’s market. […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News About five years ago, I hosted a birthday party in which one of the guests was surprised at the arrangements. Instead of hot dogs on paper plates as I think she expected […]

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This post is for my readers in the Carleton MI area: The Ash-Carleton Goodfellows have announced sign-up details for their Thanksgiving basket project. All applications are due Nov. 4, and this assistance program is limited to residents of Ash Township or village of Carleton. The distribution date is Nov. 18. “Proper ID” will be requested […]

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This is the script for the “Grocery shopping on a budget” class I gave Oct. 13, 2014, at Ypsilanti District Library: Hello everyone! My name is Paula Wethington and I’m the Monroe on a Budget columnist and blogger for The Monroe News in Monroe. Thank you to the Ypsilanti District Library for inviting me to […]

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Dr. Ben Hanson, Dr. Tracey Smith, Dr. Eric Smith and the team at Brownstown Dental Care, 19249 Allen Rd., Brownstown Township, Mich., are participating Friday in Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. “Now more than ever, there are people in Brownstown who […]

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Are you looking for a cheaper way to handle the wedding planner book needs than spending $15 to $25 on a prepared organizer or book? Here’s what my daughter and I came up with, and it cost less than $10. A 1 inch binder. 5 plastic dividers. Purchased at Walmart for $5.77. Sheet paper. Plastic […]

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Did you read the piece on Huffington Post about the bride who hated all the headaches, money and drama that was involved with her wedding and pre-ceremony traditions? Here it is: “I regret having a wedding.” Sure, the day was great. It was fun and I was happy. But I was miserable for at least […]

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If you are looking for the 2014 trick or treat times for Monroe County MI, we have them at monroenews.com.

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The Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Mobile Food Pantry from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Oct. 11 at Bedford High School, 8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Mich. There will be a free food package to the first 350 households attending. There is no need to register in advance. Each household picking up a package […]

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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 the statistics pulled by the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Halloween Consumer Spending Survey are holding up, then more than half of you have started shopping, or will do so within the […]

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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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