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Advice for choosing a tax preparer

Most tax return preparers are professional and honest, but some are not. Some preparers offer high-cost services or arrange refund anticipation loans that reduce refunds. Read more

Take steps to offset soaring heating costs

In many homes, a lot of heat escapes through the roof, cracks in walls, and gaps around windows, doors and pipes. Read more

Realizing the risks of radon

According to the EPA, radon gas is found everywhere in the United States and it is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Read more

Creating and following a spending plan makes finances easier

Take some time to consider your values. Whether we know it or not, our values play a big part in how we handle our money. Read more

Preserve jam, jelly and other sweet spreads with reduced sugar

MU Extension recently updated GH1461, Sweet Spreads and Syrups. This publication explains sugar's role in tasty treats and offers alternatives for those concerned about consuming too much sugar. Read more

Organic, natural, local: What do the labels really mean?

Consumers may not realize there is currently no broadly regulated definition for "natural" products. Read more

How to calculate the cost per mile to drive

Gaining control of your spending helps you take control of your finances and improve your life in many ways. Read more

First aid for leaky basements

Water takes the path of least resistance. If you've got a small crack, water will find it and make it bigger. Read more

Small steps to your goals

People and families who tend to plan and write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. Read more

Overdraft protection services

Overdraft protection is an option most banks and credit unions offer to their clients so transactions (demands for withdrawal) will be processed and vendors will be paid even when there is an overdraft. Read more

WaterSense: Making every drop count

Save water and energy, help the environment and keep money in your pocket with a few simple changes to use water more efficiently. Read more

MU works to extend shelf life of ground beef

Store lighting plays a role in how long meat retains the bright red color that shoppers favor. After price, consumers consider color when buying meat. Read more

National Healthy Homes Partnership moves to MU Extension

The condition of a home has a direct connection with the health of its occupants. Read more

First aid for leaky basements

These tips can help until the professionals arrive. Read more

Sell by? Use by? What's a shopper to do?

Sorting through the meaning of food date labels. Read more

Get in, get out when grocery shopping

Small changes can mean big savings at the supermarket. Before you leave home, shop your cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. Watch the video. Read more

Keep track of your documents and records

The chaos of life can make it hard to keep up with important papers and records. Investing a little time to create a tracking system can save time and money down the road. Read more

Identity theft prevention: Should you freeze your credit reports?

Unless you live in a bubble, it is hard to totally prevent identity theft. Read more

Tips to protect yourself in a mall shooting

Run, hide or fight. Read more

News

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Exercise caution if you pay someone to do your taxes, says University of Missouri Extension personal finance specialist Andrew Zumwalt.
  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –Refunds are ready to roll out. Uncle Sam sends Missourians an average income tax refund of $2,612, according to IRS data.
  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension personal finance specialist Andrew Zumwalt gives three reasons why you should file a tax return even if it is not required.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Give with your heart and a plan.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Tax filing season is prime time for identity thieves.
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The saying goes, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Early filing of income tax returns can do the same for many, says University of Missouri Extension personal finance specialist Andrew Zumwalt.
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
    MARSHALL Mo. – University of Missouri Extension will offer a free workshop this summer targeted to teachers of high school personal finance classes. Volunteers of nonprofit organizations who work with teens also are welcome.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016
    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sites have opened across Missouri, says University of Missouri Extension personal finance specialist Andrew Zumwalt.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    LANCASTER, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension offers a four-session succession, estate and retirement planning training designed for farmers, ranchers, small-business owners and their families in February.
  • Thursday, January 14, 2016
    CARTHAGE, Mo. – People can become victims twice in the aftermath of a natural disaster like a flood.
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  • Monday, December 21, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.  – Increasing use of social media creates opportunities for thieves to rob you during the post-holiday season, says University of Missouri Extension Law Enforcement Training Institute director John Worden.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    CENTER, Mo. – Eleven years ago, Jan Golian’s husband dropped dead of a heart attack in the middle of harvest season.
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  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Even if you regularly check the batteries and test your home smoke detectors, you may not be alerted if a fire breaks out.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
    University of Missouri Extension has resources to help you and your family prepare for and recover from floods and other weather-related emergencies.
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Floods can devastate property and have lasting effects on a community. In the aftermath, people might not think about the consequences flooding can have on food.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
    MOBERLY, Mo. – Spending few hours now on spring home maintenance can save you many hours and dollars later, says a University of Missouri Extension housing specialist.
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  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Mo. – Laundry packets offer loads of temptation for curious children.
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  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011
    CARTHAGE, Mo. – People can become victims twice in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
  • Monday, June 6, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Moisture and rising temperatures can turn parts of your home into ideal sites for mold growth, said a University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist.
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