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Today’s families find themselves wanting to keep up with changes in their world; changes that happen at a faster and faster pace. Whatever your stage of life, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences programs bring you knowledge you can use to make better decisions and improve your life. We bring you proven, reliable, non-biased information to help you with raising kids, eating right, spending smart, and living well. Feel free to post your comments to our articles or e-mail us a question that you would like to see answered in this blog.

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Karen Poff

Of love and money...

During February, everyone's mind turns to hearts and flowers (and chocolate!) as we celebrate Valentine's Day. My son recently mentioned a new title for the holiday, "Single's Awareness Day." Singles may wish they had someone to share the flowers and chocolate with, but they do have one advantage over couples in the area of money management. Singles don't have to argue with a partner over how to spend their money.
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Videotape project: Tell your Extension FCS story

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, especially in Family and Consumer Sciences, have been targeted for significant budget reductions in recent years. Unfortunately for us, sometimes it is difficult to show through numbers in written reports how our programs benefit people in the communities we serve. So, we are working on a project to communicate our message in a different way -- through video.
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Karen Poff

Take action during radon action month

Have you ever tested your home for radon? If not, January is a great time to "take action."
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Are you ready for a winter storm?

I remember my first winter in the Shenandoah Valley. I was just out of college and moved here from Virginia Beach in October, unaware of the things I needed to be prepared for the winter ahead.
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Karen Poff

Identity theft: reduce your risk

The Federal Trade Commission expects 9 million or more people to become victims of identity theft this year. How can you reduce your risk?
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One of Virginia's best kept secrets - updated

often hear people say that Virginia Cooperative Extension is one of our Commonwealth's "best kept secrets." You may even regularly read this blog and not be aware of our many programs. You may wonder, what is Extension, how is it funded, and why does it matter to me?
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Karen Poff

A healthy family teaches right from wrong

Society often sends the message, "If it feels good, do it!" But the experts say that in healthy families, the adults don't leave children on their own to decide their values. Instead, parents in healthy families send clear messages to children about what is right and wrong.
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Karen Poff

A healthy family gives time to neighbors and the community

Giving time to neighbors and the community may not seem to fit in with having a healthy family. But the research shows that families who value service to others seem stronger than those who do not.
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Karen Poff

Allowances - a teaching tool?

Allowances are a good way for children to learn to make choices and plan ahead.
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Karen Poff

Summer savings strategies

Summer is a time when you may be able to reduce expenses and build up a savings cushion for fall.

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