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Karen Poff

karenpoff.png Karen Poff is a Senior Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension, serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley and specializing in Family Financial Management. She has worked for VCE since 1987. She holds a master of public administration degree from James Madison University and has been certified by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education as an accredited financial counselor.



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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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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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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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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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Allowances - a teaching tool?

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