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Approaches to Debt Reduction

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – While the current economy has admittedly affected people differently, one common theme has been that getting out of debt is now cool. At one time, late night television junkies were the only ones exposed to get-out-of-debt, late night television ads,  but now debt elimination ads target everyone  — debt negotiation, foreclosure relief, debt settlement, bankruptcy relief, ... Read More »

Six Resolutions to Get You Saving in the New Year

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – As the end of 2018 quickly approaches, make sure to give your finances a checkup and discover if you need to make saving a New Year’s resolution. You may discover that you have debt that needs to be paid down or that you are ready to take the next step in savings. Sharlean Briggs, an Alabama Extension regional agent ... Read More »

Clutter and Your Health

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – From stress about family issues, to stress about the job, stress is a part of all of our lives. It is important to know that there are some stresses in our life than can be managed by just cleaning up the clutter in our homes. An Extension professional offers information on how clutter can affects out ... Read More »

For Some, Holidays Bring Depression

Auburn, Alabama — For most people, the holidays are festive occasions and a time for deepening friendships and family ties. However, for some, the holidays bring unpleasant side effects and depression. Holiday Blues Most of what we hear about holiday depression or holiday blues comes from the press. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out folklore from the facts, said ... Read More »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Every year thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays. With people shopping, attending holiday parties and doing all sorts of activities, it is no wonder we have trouble staying out of debt. An Extension professional offers a few simple tips to help reduce your spending this holiday season. Have A Plan Sharlean Briggs, an Alabama ... Read More »

Take Control of Credit Cards and Debt

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – For some, managing credit card balances and other debts is difficult. There are thousands of people who fall into this category, but by changing money habits, it is possible to make debt manageable. Wil Golden,  an Alabama Extension county coordinator in Macon County, offers several tips on how to stop adding to existing debt and to start ... Read More »

Extending The Life of Your Jack-O-Lantern this Halloween

AUBURN, Ala. – Many would say that it just wouldn’t be Halloween without the main symbol of the holiday; the jack-o-lantern. With Halloween just around the corner, people are heading to pick the perfect pumpkin for carving the family jack-o-lantern. Jack-o-lanterns have a seemingly short life span. However, there are a few things that people can do to preserve the ... Read More »

Keep Children Safe This Halloween

AUBURN, Ala.- It is almost time for Halloween. Soon, children will be roaming neighborhoods, trick-or-treating to see what types of candy they can get. With this fun comes a great deal of risks for children. There are many food and clothing safety precautions that parents and homeowners should take before planning trick or treat adventures. “The excitement of both children ... Read More »

Disaster Assistance for Homeowners and Renters

FEMA Assistance

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are several types of disaster assistance for homeowners and renters after a disaster. Individual assistance can include grants to help pay for a rental house, home repairs as well as other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs. Even if you have insurance, you may still be eligible for assistance. The ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Launches Hurricane Recovery Website

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Extension has created a special website to help people recover from Hurricane Michael. The website, MichaelRecoveryInfo.com, is a source of information on recovery for families, communities, and those in the agricultural industry. There you will find information on disaster assistance, storm cleanup, chain saw safety, scams after a disaster, mold abatement, post-storm tree assessment and also much more. ... Read More »