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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

Jump-start your savings

Money is so easy to spend; it slips through fingers like water. Even with the best intentions to put a little money aside every month, we often find there's nothing left when the month comes to a close. Read more

Measuring your financial well-being

Financial well-being is a balance between financial security and financial freedom today and in the future. Read more

Think carefully about when to apply for Social Security benefits

It's simple advice for those planning to retire. The further you are away from retirement, the more this advice is true. Read more

File a tax return even if you don't have to

You might get a refund of taxes withheld from a paycheck or pension. Read more

Avoid identity theft during tax season

First, file taxes promptly. Identity thieves try to file early so that your refund goes to them before you file. Read more

Free tax sites open statewide

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites provide free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. 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

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

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

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