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Monroe on a Budget
« on: July 15, 2009, 02:26:34 PM »

Mortgage crisis call-in show July 16
13 July 2009, 6:10 am

Michigan Radio and Detroit Public Television are hosting a call-in / live web chat show at 1 p.m. July 16 to take questions and comments relating to the Michigan mortgage crisis.

The event is part of the team’s Facing the Mortgage Crisis Project.



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Homeless in Monroe: “It’s an existence”
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Homeless in Monroe: “It’s an existence”
13 July 2009, 6:37 am

Following up on the incident a few days ago where a homeless man was beaten to death under the Winchester Street Bridge in Monroe, The Monroe Evening News had a report in Sunday’s edition about those who live under the bridge – and trying to find solutions for the homeless population in ...

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Photo essay: Unemployed, but undeterred
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Photo essay: Unemployed, but undeterred
13 July 2009, 6:56 am

The Monroe Evening News had a photo essay in Sunday’s edition about a Temperance man whose family is dealing with unemployment. The companion multimedia piece can be found here.



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Monroe grocery fliers July 14
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Monroe grocery fliers July 14
13 July 2009, 5:11 pm

The Food Town ad for Monroe and Rockwood, Mich., was in my mail today. This week’s specials include whole beef tenderloin at $3.99 a pound, Mueller’s pasta at 10 for $10, Spartan canned fruit at 99 cents. There will be an 88-cent sale week of July 20 on products such as Aunt Millie’...

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Organized Home: Back to school without breaking the bank
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Organized Home: Back to school without breaking the bank
13 July 2009, 6:07 pm

Just so you know that my back-to-school tips in July are not completely crazy …

The Organized Home site has this article: Save money on school supples – back to school without breaking the budget.

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Back-to-school loss leaders (products offered at prices below their actual co...

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A Cheap Chick will find you some freebies
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A Cheap Chick will find you some freebies
13 July 2009, 7:21 pm

The newest addition to my blogroll is A Cheap Chick’s Ray of Sunshine. She’s in Arizona, so I have her on my “national blogs” list.

You’ll find a lot of unique and interesting content on her site – including freebies such as fonts and clip art, embroidery pattern...

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CNN: Back to school spending to drop this year
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CNN: Back to school spending to drop this year
14 July 2009, 6:51 am

CNNMoney has this report: Back-to-school spending to drop 7.7 % from 2008.

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Thanks to pay cuts and job losses, cash-strapped consumers are planning to spend less on everything from pens and paper to fall clothing.

The average family with students in grades kindergarten through high sch...

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Frugal Village: What did you get for free in July?
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Frugal Village: What did you get for free in July?
14 July 2009, 9:54 am

You don’t have to search the Internet to find freebies.

The Frugal Village forum members get their freebies in a lot of ways: family hand-me-downs, picnic leftovers, bartering, coupon matches to sales, prize drawings, garden plant thinnings, trading in loyalty program points, free lunch progr...

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Counseling for local families in financial crisis
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Counseling for local families in financial crisis
14 July 2009, 3:52 pm

This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.:

To help families who are dealing with a financial crisis, Caring Alternatives, 2092 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., is offering a limited number of counseling sessions on a sliding fee scale for parents and children ages 3 and older.

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Children’s Appreciation Day Sunday at Huron-Clinton Metroparks
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Children’s Appreciation Day Sunday at Huron-Clinton Metroparks
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This post is for my readers in southeast Michigan:

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks will host a Children’s Appreciation Day on Sunday July 19. Metroparks admission will be free, with special programs at various sites including.

Lake Erie Metropark in Brownstown Township

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Michigan unemployment was 15.2% in June
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Michigan unemployment was 15.2% in June
16 July 2009, 6:59 am

It’s the state’s highest unemployment rate since mid-1983.

Michigan unemployment rate has been posted at 15.2 percent in June, as compared to the 14.1 percent in May.

Headlines:

Detroit Free Press

Detroit News

MLive

Toledo Blade

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Recession Chronicles at Detroit News
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Recession Chronicles at Detroit News
16 July 2009, 7:01 am

The Detroit News is starting a series called The Recession Chronicles – looking at southeast Michigan families and their struggles in a tough economy.

Here’s the introduction piece.



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Hi-Lite Supermarket receipt: $7.82
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Hi-Lite Supermarket receipt: $7.82
16 July 2009, 10:32 am

The popular method of bargain-shopping at the grocery and drugstores these days is this:

Save the coupon booklets intact from the Sunday papers, and file them in your drawer or box by date of publication. After all, you don’t want to bother clipping a coupon you don’t need.

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2 trips to Kroger: $29.63 total receipts
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2 trips to Kroger: $29.63 total receipts
16 July 2009, 10:44 am

What happens if you get to the grocery store and realize you forgot to bring your coupon box?

It happened to me yesterday afternoon when I made a trip to Kroger in Monroe, Mich. I’m sure it’s happened to some of you.

The solution: Don’t buy items that you know have coupons for. R...

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Monroe sales fliers July 16
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Monroe sales fliers July 16
16 July 2009, 5:45 pm

Checking the sales fliers in my Monroe Evening News today …

Meijer has a two-day super sale Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 that includes Pepsi 2-liters at 88 cents, two for $9 on boneless skinless frozen chicken breast 40-ounce package, and sales on selected Sterlite totes.

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