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Preparing the home for cold weather

Auburn, Alabama — Cold weather is slowly making its way to the South and it’s time for residents to prepare their homes. Wil Golden, Alabama Extension coordinator for Macon County, said there are many steps homeowners should take each fall when planning for cold weather. “Homes here aren’t made the same as they are in the North because of climate ... Read More »

Resources to Ease Winter Storm Worries

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AUBURN, Ala.—As a winter storm moves across the South, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for ice, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. A free online resource is Extension’s Emergency Handbook is filled with information to help you weather this storm successfully.  You can download it to your iPad or iPhone from iBooks. The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages ... Read More »

Creating a Savings Plan

Auburn, Alabama—Saving money requires neither a large income nor an established career. It is for anyone wishing to take control of their finances and prepare for what lies ahead. When a thorough savings plan is put into practice early, it helps prioritize spending and provides for the future without taking on debt. Money management Research shows that those with a detailed financial plan ... Read More »

Exercise: beneficial for your body

AUBURN, Ala. – Exercise trends come and go like the changing of seasons. Everyone waits to see what the newest trend may be: running, cycling, H.I.I.T. – the list of possibilities is endless. Thankfully, you do not have to join a gym or attend every cycling class to stay fit. Although gym memberships may be beneficial, not everyone has the ... Read More »

The Long Term Effects of Bullying

Auburn, Alabama — Is your child being bullied or bullying others? The American Justice Department reports that one out of every four children will be bullied sometime during their adolescence. (bullyingstatistics.org.) With busy schedules and scattered brains, it is possible to overlook what a child or someone close to you might be enduring at school, extracurricular activities or even online. But what does ... Read More »

In-Home Poisons: What You Need to Know

Auburn, Alabama —Have you ever called one twin by the other twin’s name? Or accidentally used baking powder instead of flour? These are simple mistakes that are easy to fix. Some mix-ups, however, are not as easily reversed. Several common items in the home look strikingly similar to poisonous items and can easily be accidentally used or consumed. It is ... Read More »

Scammers Target Senior Citizens

Auburn, Alabama — It seems like our personal information is out for everyone to see. Posts about our family, friends and lives are scattered across social media accounts. Our computers and phones can memorize passwords, addresses, even credit and debit card information. While this all seems convenient, it can pose potential harm. Theresa Jones, a regional agent for the Alabama ... Read More »

“How to talk to your teenager”

Understanding what is going on with your teenager and taking these steps can improve parent-teen relationships. Read More »

Caring for your Live Christmas tree

AUBURN, Alabama — On Thanksgiving Day, many families pack away their fall décor and replace it with snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. It is finally socially acceptable to break out all the Christmas decorations you have been wanting to put up for months. The one decoration that seems to be the focal point of any household is the Christmas tree. ... Read More »

Credit Card Spending at Christmas

Auburn, Alabama — Experts predict that this Christmas season consumers will spend more money that ever using the internet as a shopping tool. Last season set new records of internet spending, and this year, more of the large retailers are targeting internet shoppers with bargains. This means that there will be more competition among these retailers, which will help bring ... Read More »