Home and consumer life


Home and consumer life
Short supply means higher price for pumpkin this year

With pumpkin prices on the rise, smart consumers might want this Halloween fruit to do double duty. Don't squander this Halloween fruit for decoration only. 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



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