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What to Do if You Run Out of Money and Can’t Pay Bills

With the nation in a state of emergency because of COVID-19, many are taking on expenses they would not normally have. Some have lost income while others continue to work.

At some point, people will run out of money. With this unknown fa…

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Making LIFE Work

Making Life Work. That’s what we try to do each day. But that effort has become challenging and often frustrating in this time of the coronavirus national emergency. Alabama Extension is here to help you overcome these new hurdles in the …

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Making LIFE Work – Dealing with Stress

Stress associated with job loss and the many other challenges stemming from an economic downturn or disaster can spill over into family relationships. Family members, particularly parents, must face up to the challenge of resolving …

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Reimagine Your Recycling During COVID-19

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The coronavirus has stretched into many aspects of daily life. With a strict enforcement on social distancing in many areas, it has left many people wondering what this distancing means for their daily c…

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Making LIFE Work – Raising Your Own Chickens? Think First

These challenging times have led many people to consider adopting a page out of their parents’ and grandparents’ playbook by raising chickens to save money on egg costs. Unfortunately, backyard poultry typically is not cost effe…

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Ivermectin Unproven as Treatment for COVID-19

Social media outlets have been chattering about a recent in vitro study conducted in Australia regarding the antiviral effects of ivermectin on the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19. However, people should not buy animal ivermectin pr…

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Making LIFE Work – Growing Your Own Food

These challenging times are sparking an interest in some back-to-basic practices. People are asking if they can save money by growing food in their backyards.

The short answer: it depends. All sorts of upfront costs are associate…

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Making LIFE Work – Reducing Expenses

Frugality 101
If you and your family are dealing with reduced income, your first steps should involve carefully assessing how you spend your money and identifying ways to save more of it.

Some spending is necessary and unavoidable…

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Making LIFE Work – Family Staycations

Family vacation plans derailed by unexpected events? Don’t cancel those plans just yet! Reroute to a staycation—fun time close to home and less expensive than full-blown vacations. This alternative can be designed to fi…

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Making LIFE Work – Staying Safe

Staying safe involves more than just following a handful of tips. Much like staying nutritionally and physically fit, staying safe requires a change of mindset. Experts advise that the first step should be to create an awareness of …

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Proliferative Gill Disease

Featured mage shows the swollen gills of a channel catfish that has been diagnosed with PGD. Note the hamburger like appearance. (Photo courtesy of John Hawke, Louisiana State University)

Proliferative gill disease (PGD), also known as …

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Making LIFE Work – Restarting After a Job Loss

Grief is a common reaction after a layoff or job loss. But experts stress that it is okay to grieve. Grieving is a natural part of adjusting to a job loss, especially when the loss is unexpected and beyond our control.

Even so, i…

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Making LIFE Work – Getting Enough Sleep

During these uncertain times, people may be skimping on sleep. And, in the long run, sleep deprivation can take a toll on your health.

For starters, the lack of enough sleep causes a loss in reaction time and puts you at a higher…

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Your Daily Briefing

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Federal Assistance to Pay Employees
Farms, agribusinesses, independent contractors, and self-employed and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for the Payche…

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Making LIFE Work – Preparing for Financial Emergencies

A critical step in getting ready for a financial long haul is setting up a rainy day fund—an emergency savings account of between $500 and $1,000 to cover unexpected challenges, such as repairing the brakes on your car, buying a n…

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