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Make Spring Break Healthy

High school and college students look forward to spring break every year.  Although it is a fun holiday, it is known to be extremely unhealthy. Between binge drinking, junk food eating and lack of sun protection, spring break can be overly dangerous to our bodies. Are there ways to keep spring break fun, but more on the healthy side? According to ... Read More »

Conquering Credit Reports

The mere words, credit report, often make people cringe and hide in their own pile of procrastination. It is no doubt that the report can be overwhelming without the ability to dissect what you are looking at, but after reading this easy to understand breakdown, you will be able to conquer it in no time. First, it is important to ... Read More »

DON’T GET TAKEN BY TRAVEL AND VACATION SCAMS

Don’t get taken on your vacation. Before you do business with a travel company, check it out with the Better Business Bureau. Travel and vacation scams usually are characterized by free or exclusive offers or unrealistic low prices. Often these scams are linked to prize promotions or sweepstakes offers. “Regardless of how they are offered, these types of scams have common ... Read More »

Alabama–Popular Among Retirees

Although Alabama is a popular place for college students and growing businesses, several cities in Alabama are also becoming increasingly popular for retirees. Cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn, Montgomery, Mobile and the Lake Martin area offer access to warm weather, golf, beaches, lakes and healthcare, all at a lower cost than other more traditional retirement areas. Wanda Jurriaans, county Extension ... Read More »

Tips to Help You Pay off High Interest Debt

Unfortunately, too many consumers have found out the hard way that paying off high interest debt can be a daunting task. Sometimes the sheer amount of debt along with the interest can be overwhelming. Since consumers in debt typically got that way through a series of bad decisions and poor financial management, it is not always easy to make the ... Read More »

Families Need an Emergency Savings Account

Having an emergency savings fund may be the most important difference between those who manage to stay afloat and those who are sinking financially. That’s because maintaining emergency savings of $500 to $1,000 allows you to meet unexpected financial challenges such as: Repairing the brakes on your car Buying your child a new pair of needed shoes Buying expensive prescriptions ... Read More »

Alabama Saves Week

Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23 -28.  This week is part of a year-long campaign to promote financial health and well being in Alabama by educating people of all ages to spend and save wisely. (Photo available via Alabama Saves) A variety of activities are available to teach youth and adults how to save money. Some of the events include budgeting and spending ... Read More »

Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23-28

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and its America Saves partners will kick off the Alabama Saves program Feb. 23-28. Various events related to becoming an Alabama saver are scheduled throughout the state. Governor Robert Bentley signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 23-28 as Alabama Saves Week. Alabama Saves Week coincides with America Saves Week, a national campaign involving more than 1,000 ... Read More »

Become an Alabama Saver in 2015

With the New Year here, many Alabamians look back on the past months and find things they would like to improve. Some made resolutions to set the course for a happy, healthier new year. Often, one of those resolutions is to save money. “This can be difficult, but free assistance is available to arm you with the right tools to ... Read More »

Have a Healthy Heart

What can you do to have a healthier heart? Teresa Forehand, a regional health and nutrition agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a few tips to help you keep your heart healthy and strong.   Don’t smoke. Smoking is not only linked to lung cancer, it’s also a contributing factor to heart disease. Heart disease is the number one ... Read More »