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Water emergency is a little complicated with kids at home
25 May 2011, 8:22 pm

If you have children in the Monroe Public Schools district in Monroe, Mich., I’m sure you heard the news already that the city schools are closed Thursday May 26 because of a water emergency that has been declared in Monroe, Mich. Keep in mind that this situation is a different than a typical snow day [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Couponing class for Monroe Community Education May 2011
« Reply #3391 on: May 25, 2011, 09:04:42 PM »

Couponing class for Monroe Community Education May 2011
25 May 2011, 8:26 pm

The following is the script for one of three grocery / couponing classes I’m teaching this week in Monroe, Mich. This one was booked by Monroe Public Schools Community Education. Hello everybody! My name is Paula Wethington. I’m one of the social desk reporters for The Monroe Evening News and I host the Monroe on [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Couponing class handout May 2011
« Reply #3392 on: May 25, 2011, 09:04:42 PM »

Couponing class handout May 2011
25 May 2011, 8:27 pm

This is the handout I’m using for the coupon classes I’m giving this week in Monroe, Mich. The tips I list are discussed in greater detail in the Couponing 101 section and in my scripts for the programs: The Monroe on a Budget couponing system – May 2011 handout. Where do you get the coupons? [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: So you wanna try Meijer’s mPerks?
« Reply #3393 on: May 25, 2011, 09:06:45 PM »

So you wanna try Meijer’s mPerks?
25 May 2011, 8:31 pm

Do you want to try out Meijer’s mPerks digital savings program? I haven’t signed up yet, but I’ve heard other shoppers are pleased with how it works. The special mid-week grocery flier that is in today’s edition of The Monroe Evening News, featuring Meijer saies for Thursday May 26-Monday May 30, includes an invitation for [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Paula’s morning coffee during a water emergency
« Reply #3394 on: May 26, 2011, 07:08:39 AM »

Paula’s morning coffee during a water emergency
26 May 2011, 6:05 am

The water in my house is not drinkable because of a boil water advisory in Monroe, Mich. At least I have electricity. I haven’t figured out how to brew a cup of coffee without that. For continuing coverage of the water emergency in the city of Monroe, Mich., go to www.monroenews.com and follow the Monroe [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Cleaning up during a water emergency
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Cleaning up during a water emergency
26 May 2011, 6:27 am

My water emergency thread is based on a boil water advisory that is currently in effect for the city of Monroe, Mich. Headlines are at www.monroenews.com: How do you wash your hands or get cleaned up during a water emergency? I have bottled water in the house for when we really need to use the [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Rite Aid updated coupon policy as of May 2011
« Reply #3396 on: May 26, 2011, 11:09:03 AM »

Rite Aid updated coupon policy as of May 2011
26 May 2011, 10:11 am

Rite Aid has posted, and is letting its network of reporters and bloggers know, that its coupon policy has been updated. You can print the pdf on an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper for your coupon binder. The update that is getting the most attention is how to handle the buy one get [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: If you bought items “for charity,” donate them NOW
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If you bought items “for charity,” donate them NOW
26 May 2011, 12:46 pm

If you use the coupon and stockpile techniques to feed your family for cheap, and now have so much stored in your house that your cupboards and shelves are full, then I have one request: Send out those extra food pantry and personal care items to a worthy cause or family NOW. No matter where [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Monroe MI water emergency: No coffee????
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Monroe MI water emergency: No coffee????
26 May 2011, 1:16 pm

Today’s front page of The Monroe Evening News: No coffee??? I wonder how many people were muttering about THAT detail! P.S. I brewed my own coffee at home with bottled water this morning. Continuing coverage at www.monroenews.com.

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Monroe on a Budget: Monroe MI garage sale roundup May 26
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Monroe MI garage sale roundup May 26
26 May 2011, 2:33 pm

This probably will not be a busy weekend for garage sales in the Monroe, Mich., area. Memorial Day weekend is usually a picnic, parade, flag-waving and cemetery visiting occasion in this community. Here’s that huge list of events and activities. The weather is also not cooperating this week. With all the rain and also a [...]

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Blue Star Museum program launches its 2011 season on May 30
26 May 2011, 2:44 pm

The Blue Star Museums program, an initiative with the National Endowment for the Arts, begins its 2011 on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. This program, which is in its second year, offers free admission to eligible military personnel and their families at participating museums. As explained on the FAQ list: Who is eligible [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: Gift Card Granny’s Military Discount list
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Gift Card Granny’s Military Discount list
26 May 2011, 2:47 pm

Gift Card Granny has posted its Memorial Day 2011 edition of Military Discounts. There are quite a few retailers on that list that have locations in Toledo, Detroit or Ann Arbor – even if they aren’t in Monroe.

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Monroe on a Budget: Couponing class at Frenchtown-Dixie Library
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Couponing class at Frenchtown-Dixie Library
26 May 2011, 8:28 pm

The following is the script for one of three grocery / couponing classes I taught this week in Monroe, Mich. This one took place at Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library, Monroe, Mich. Hello everybody! My name is Paula Wethington. I’m one of the social desk reporters for The Monroe Evening News and I host the Monroe on [...]

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Monroe on a Budget: How often should you purge the expired coupons?
« Reply #3403 on: May 27, 2011, 09:10:25 AM »

How often should you purge the expired coupons?
27 May 2011, 8:02 am

One of the complaints that customers have about coupon shopping involves the life span of the coupons. From the shopper’s perspective, it is annoying to get ready for a supermarket run, only to realize that a good number of coupons in the box or binder have expired. Don’t get derailed by this. Remember that a [...]

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$14 an hour = middle class wages for two wage earners. Do the math.
27 May 2011, 1:00 pm

I’m finally catching up on the Bloomberg report that quotes United Auto Workers vice president Joe Ashton in a discussion about the entry-level autoworker wages. Here’s the article on Bloomberg. I also saw it in the Detroit Free Press. A snippet: United Auto Workers Vice President Joe Ashton, who negotiates with General Motors Co. (GM), [...]

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