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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

Top 10 frauds and scams: Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed five of the Virginia Attorney General's list of the Top 10 Frauds and Scams. Let's continue with the discussion of the remaining five schemes and suggestions for how to avoid them:
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One of Virginia's 'best kept secrets'

I 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

Income tax tips, Part 2

If you saw my last blog, you know that there are many changes this year that taxpayers need to know as they complete their 2010 returns. Here are some more things you should know about in order to take advantage of all available credits and pay the lowest allowable tax:
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Karen Poff

'Tis the season for tax tips

Each year at this time people are busy gathering their records to prepare yet another income tax return. This year (2009) in particular, there are a number of specific items taxpayers should check into to be sure they are taking advantage of all available credits and paying the lowest allowable tax.
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Karen Poff

A financial checkup for the new year

The beginning of a new year is a great time to evaluate your family's financial health.
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Karen Poff

The holiday "Three Rs"

The students get a break from "readin', ritin', and rithmatic" during the holidays, but none of us should forget about the other "Three Rs"--Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
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Karen Poff

A healthy family shares family traditions

The "season to be jolly" is a time for family traditions. But healthy families don't save their rituals and sharing just for November and December. Healthy families use traditions all through the year to maintain a sense of belonging.
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Karen Poff

Debt proof your holidays

Holiday displays that appear in stores in early fall always bother me. It seems too soon to be thinking about December before I've enjoyed my Thanksgiving turkey! But one thing about the holidays that is never too early to discuss - your holiday spending plan.
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Karen Poff

A healthy family shares responsibility

Raising responsible children is one of the hardest jobs of parenting. Think about it. Is it easier to let children get by without doing chores or to deal with the complaining about the chores?
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Karen Poff

Preparedness starts today!

A hurricane ... a flood ... a fire ... a tornado ... a flu pandemic ... a terrorist attack. What do these disasters have in common? Whether the disaster occurs naturally or is caused by human actions, many families are not prepared to "weather the storm." During National Preparedness Month (September), emergency officials have a question for you - Are you ready?

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