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Increasingly, rural residents find themselves traveling farther from home to buy even the most essential groceries and household items.  Ron Wilson of K-State’s Huck Boyd Institute tells us about one successful effort to bring a hometown grocery store to one small Kansas community.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM


With the holidays behind us, and spring still weeks away, it’s a good time to take inventory of all the things crammed into the kitchen cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. What you’ll probably discover is that the things creating the clutter don’t get used anymore, you have far too many of the same thing, and that some food is well past its expiration date. Karen Blakeslee, a K-State Research and Extension food scientist and coordinator of the Rapid Response Center, says organizing your kitchen will save time and money.

2/26/2015 6:00:00 PM

Setting Goals Can Help Boost Your Savings

Wanting to buy a new car or house? Perhaps you have your eye on something smaller, such as a new camera, tablet or other electronic device. Maybe your family is planning ahead for retirement or college tuition for the children.
2/20/2015 8:00:00 AM

Feeling Itchy? Bedbugs are Still Out There

Judging from the surge and eventual disappearance of news stories about bedbugs a couple of years ago, the tiny creatures are no longer a problem. But someone forgot to tell the bugs.

2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Give Chickens a Home They Can Cluck About

It’s coming, if we wait a bit longer. This chilly time of year our thoughts turn to spring activities, like planting flowers and vegetables, and for some, buying a few chickens.
2/17/2015 8:00:00 AM

Where Tax Returns Intersect with Health Insurance

With January coming to a close, taxpayers have likely received all documents to file their income tax returns for 2014. Those without health insurance in 2014 will face a penalty of $95 per individual or 1 percent of their annual household income above the tax-filing threshold—whichever is the greater amount—when filing tax returns this year.
2/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind

Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM