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Home and consumer life
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

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

News

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – When there isn’t enough water on the soil, there’s not enough water in ground wells. And that can cause bacterial problems that require testing, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Farmers and rural residents can use simple tips to conserve water in the home during drought, says University of Missouri Extension water quality specialist Bob Broz.
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – There’s nothing better on a spring day than opening the windows and letting out the stale winter air.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Daylight saving time begins this weekend. When the time changes each spring and fall, change batteries in your smoke alarms and test them, suggests Sherry F. Nelson, human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
  • Friday, February 19, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Open enrollment for buying coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace ended Jan. 31. That means you can’t buy health insurance for 2016 through the marketplace unless you qualify for a special enrollment.
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  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri saw abundant rainfall in 2015. That’s often good news for crops but can be bad news for homes.
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  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Little-known facts about Social Security can have a big impact on benefits, says Cynthia Crawford, University of Missouri Extension personal financial planning specialist.
  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Work longer. Save more.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Mo. – Laundry packets offer loads of temptation for curious children.
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  • 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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