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Wind Ghosts and Frozen Caterpillars

January 26th, 2015

A walk out on the dikes at the Pointe Mouillee State Game area in the middle of winter can be a bit like walking the Arctic Tundra. Its little wonder that wintering Snowy Owls choose this place because it feels like home. Only broken cattail skeletons and clumped grasses serve as cover and because the […]

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Matthews Bait & Tackle Tourney Report

January 26th, 2015

Two days after the 1st Annual Matthew’s Bait & Tackle ice fishing tournament and I have already made my list out of things to try differently for next year’s event. If you don’t learn and adapt, you get left in … Continue reading

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Youll love the drugstore and supermarket deals this week (Jan. 25)

January 25th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I had stepped back from the weekly “sales and deals” chatter that many frugal bloggers are known for because the content was extremely time-sensitive and time-consuming, while not resulting in a lot of page views here on Monroe on a Budget. My readers were more interested in […]

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Fact checking Obama and Republicans

January 24th, 2015

Heres a little exercise to demonstrate that I hold facts above party affiliations. Lets look at that State of the Union address as a starting point to see how truthful President Obama was. Then lets look at Republican responses. Those responses reflect a battle in the Republican party that is likely to continue for at […]

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Kansas Concealed Carry Without Permit to Join four Other States!

January 24th, 2015

Kansas residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits under a proposed measure endorsed by a majority of state senators. Kansas would join Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming, and Arizona as states that allow residents to carry concealed weapons stateside without a permit, according to the Natioal Rifle Association. The legislation has the full support […]

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What was Your First Shanty?

January 23rd, 2015

What was your first ice fishing shanty? My first one was a Clam 5600, cabin style, living the life of luxury. Fully enclosed, thick floor to keep the feet warm, those were the days. Then I learned how to really … Continue reading

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Anthropocene

January 21st, 2015

“Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” –Aldo Leopold, “On a Monument to the Pigeon,” 1947 It is hard to […]

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Kid Rocks Big Cougar

January 20th, 2015

Kid Rock has done it again. The Devil Without a Cause singer has angered animal lovers by posing with fellow right-wing rocker Ted Nugent alongside a dead cougar, which they killed while hunting. As you might of guessed this has caused an uproar amoung the non-hunting public. Twitter and Facebook pages have been lambasting the […]

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Weddings by the numbers for Michigan brides

January 20th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Jan. 20, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington I discovered some fascinating facts about wedding trends and costs after my daughter started planning her wedding. None of them inspire an entire discussion on their own, but it is certainly a timely topic […]

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Monroe Ice Fishing

January 20th, 2015

You can probably tell from the mix of fish where I was at with the neighbor on Monday, yep Bolles Harbor. Biggest fish of the day was a crappie almost 11 inches, but lost an even bigger one on the … Continue reading

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A different way to coupon. It worked years ago, and it still works.

January 20th, 2015

The following script is for the couponing workshop I’m giving to the Monroe County (MI) Head Start parent committees in January and February 2015. I post the script, some of the photos and a lot of reference links when I’m giving speaking presentations; so that people who weren’t able to attend can get the main […]

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Whistlers Mother

January 18th, 2015

You may know, if you are one of the two people who actually read my blog, that I am a scientific name fanatic of sorts. I like them because 1.) you sound smarter than you actually are when you use them and 2.) they are quite fun and explanatory. With that in mind Id like […]

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Current food pantry requests: pasta sauce, cereal, toiletries

January 18th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I’ve concluded by watching the headlines and social media chatter that when one Monroe County food pantry is running low, others in the area likely are as well. Reason: those in need tend to contact one agency after another, in hopes of getting help as soon as […]

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Coupon industry is investigating Facebook groups that sell coupons

January 17th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget The Coupon Information Corporation, which is an industry association that has been fighting “coupon misredemption and fraud” cases since 1986, has posted the following request on its web site: The CIC is researching illicit coupon activities on Facebook. If you would like to assist, please provide the […]

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Caliphate

January 17th, 2015

The recent Charlie Hebdo attack has again raised the prospect of global radical Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, the reaction in the US continues to be myopic and uninformed. Heres just a sample. Network national security analyst KT McFarland blamed the shooting at Charlie Hebdo headquarters on France’s “really strict gun control” and “politically correct” policies that […]

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Meijer shopping cart Jan. 17: store coupons, brand coupons, sales

January 17th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget A couple of days ago, one of my co-workers gave me some Meijer checkout coupons to look over. She wasn’t going to use them before they expired; but she thought I might, and I happily took two of them. So when I reviewed my shopping list this […]

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CVS shopping brag Jan. 17: coupons + sales

January 17th, 2015

By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget I shop at CVS only about once every four to six weeks. The sales there can be pretty good, but I don’t like the hassle of dealing with the short expiration dates on Extra Care Bucks deals on the quantity of items I would reasonably buy from […]

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Woman Downs Giant Montcalm County Buck!

January 16th, 2015

A Montcalm County Michigan huntress has been “grinning” ear to ear after downing “the buck of a lifetime” on November 20th. Valerie Hansen is relatively new to the sport of hunting deer. She has only been at it for 6 years, and it all started when a friend bought her a Hoyt compound bow. She […]

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IRS Free File service has launched for 2014 tax filing season

January 16th, 2015

The Free File Alliance and the Internal Revenue Service launched their annual free federal tax preparation and e-filing software for this season today Jan. 16. This years service is available to all taxpayers with a 2015 adjusted gross income (AGI) of $60,000 or less. This service is provided by The Free File Alliance, a coalition […]

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Pinnable image: What date do food stamps reload on Michigan Bridge Card?

January 16th, 2015

Would you like a pinnable image with the reload dates for food stamp (SNAP) benefits on Michigan Bridge Card? Here you go! Where can you use food stamp benefits to purchase groceries in Monroe County, Mich.? You can look up that information at the Monroe on a Budget grocery database. There are a lot more […]

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