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A slice of advice on picking the perfect apple

Not to upset the apple cart, but not all apples are created equal for pie-making. It’s as American as apple pie to ponder which of the 7,500 varieties is the right pick for your fall dessert. Read more

Online shopping safety tips

It is important to make sure that you are shopping safely and protecting your private information. Read more

Don't fill your stocking with holiday debt

There's nothing so holly jolly about waking up the morning after Christmas to find that Santa left you a big lump of debt in your stocking. 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

Holiday entertaining without breaking your budget

The following budget-friendly tips can help you save money and have fun at the same time. Read more

First aid for leaky basements

These tips can help until the professionals arrive. Read more

Navigating health insurance terminology: Copayment

The Affordable Care Act has made health insurance available to many Missourians for the first time. If you're new to health insurance, the unfamiliar terminology may seem daunting. Read more

First aid for leaky basements

These tips can help until the professionals arrive. Read more

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Myths and reality

The overwhelming majority of food stamp recipients who can work do work. Read more

Sell by? Use by? What's a shopper to do?

Sorting through the meaning of food date labels. Read more

Know which foods to pitch after a power outage

If your electricity is out for more than two hours, it is important to know how to make sure the foods in your refrigerator and freezer are safe. Read more

Meat prices continue to rise for producers, consumers

Bringing home the bacon this year requires more cash. Short supplies of cattle and hogs are pushing prices upward at the sale barn and the supermarket. 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

News

  • Friday, December 12, 2014
    MACON, Mo. – It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s what the perfectly coiffed shoppers and cookie bakers on television say about the holiday season.
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    MEXICO, Mo. – There’s nothing so holly jolly about waking up the morning after Christmas to find that Santa left you a big lump of debt in your stocking.
  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Ten easy, cheap tips from University of Missouri Extension housing and design specialist Michael Goldschmidt will chill your budget-busting bills this winter.
  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    BETHANY, Mo. –Keep the kitchen clean to make it a healthier place to gather during the holidays, says University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist Janet Hackert.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Michael Goldschmidt, University of Missouri Extension housing and environmental design specialist and MU teaching assistant professor in architectural studies, has been appointed national program director of the Healthy Homes Partnership, a federally funded initiative to reduce health and safety hazards in American homes.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
    KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Each year in the United States, there are about 42,000 reported cases of salmonella infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because many cases are not diagnosed or reported, CDC estimates the actual number may be close to 1 million.
  • Monday, October 20, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your basement sprung a leak during recent intense rainfalls, you’re not alone.
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Affordable Care Act has made health insurance available to many Missourians for the first time. If you’re new to health insurance, the unfamiliar terminology may seem daunting.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    MEXICO, Mo. – There’s only one way to fix your credit report. Pay your bills.
  • Monday, January 13, 2014
    MARSHFIELD, Mo.–Mobile homes are less expensive than site-built houses, but it is more challenging to improve their energy efficiency, says a University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineer.

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