From garage sales to selling plasma to literally hiding your money, there are many creative ways to save cash

What is the craziest or most creative thing you have ever done to save money? Most people have tried to figure out how to save themselves money, and some people have gone to creative lengths to do so. Kelly Paananen, native of Hazel Park, Michigan, has found some creative ways to save money toward vacations. “One of the most creative ways to make and save money that I have tried was having a massive garage sale between friends for spending money on a vacation,” said Paananen. “We had friends and family donate to the garage sale as well.”

Paananen also hides money in order to save it for later.

Q&A: financial security vs. passion

How do you strike a balance between finding financial security and following your passion? Answering related questions are Mackenzie McClellan, a student at Oakland University, is a psychology major who aspires to become a clinical psychologist; Braxton Buckner, a student at Michigan State university, majors in advertising with a media management focus’; and Katelynn Warfle, a student at Michigan State University studying arts and humanities for her undergraduate degree and plans on attending medical school to become a physician assistant. Q: Why did you choose your major/career field? McClellan: “I chose my major and career path because I think psychology is incredibly interesting, and I really love it. It could potentially result in a lot of pay, but that was not a deciding factor for me.”

When deciding whether to commute or go away for college, money can play a big role

When it comes the time for high school students to decide whether or not it is a better financial decision to stay home and commute or go away to college, it can be stressful. Three undergraduate students reflected on whether or not they made the best decision for their finances and their education. Hope Nelson, student at the University of Kentucky and native of Cincinnati, Ohio, elected to go away to college for all four years of her undergraduate degree. “I knew I didn’t want to be in Ohio anymore, so I went away to school,” said Nelson. “It probably wasn’t the best financial decision, because I could’ve saved a lot more money by staying at home and going to school 10 minutes from my moms’ house, but money wasn’t the deciding factor for me for where to go to school.

Professionals share financial advice for recent grads

Graduation can be a terrifying time for students, stepping out into the real world and trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Three 50-something-year-old professionals sat down and shared what they wished they had known in their 20s about their finances, and what advice they have for new graduates. Susan Stuef, 54, is a retired teacher and high school athletic coach for 25 years, made sure she had benefits and a safety net for the future when she began her career. “I knew I needed a white collar, college degreed job to make the money that I needed to live comfortably and provide for my family,” said Stuef. “Those jobs also had benefits, like health insurance, and my teaching job also provided retirement.

Q&A: How do soldiers use their deployment money?

Service members facing deployment can find themselves coming into quite a deal of money, especially when they are not faced with normal costs and worries, and for some, figuring out how to balance the money can be challenging. Four soldiers sat down to answer some questions about how they handled their deployment money, and what they wish they would have known before they left. Q: What is the craziest thing you purchased after a deployment? Sgt. Maximilian Boudreaux (native of Detroit): “I went and bought a car right off the lot.

VIDEO: A college student meal budget Q & A

When it comes to living on a student budget and a busy schedule, it can be difficult to eat right or know what is worth buying at the grocery story. College students from across the country sat down and answered a series of questions: how do I plan meals around a busy schedule, what are healthy must-have foods to buy even on a small budget, how to successfully meal plan, and much more. These college students share tips, thoughts, and ideas on how they eat healthy with a tight income, what types of groceries they buy, and what they would choose to purchase if they only had a $20 a week grocery budget. Are you a college student that has mastered the art of grocery shopping on a tight budget?

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Recent grads shed light on post-college money issues

Finances are a challenging thing, especially for someone brand new to managing it. When it comes to recent college graduates, balancing college loan repayment, lifestyle budgets, and preparing to start a new career can be a whole new hurdle to face. Andrew McClellan, recent graduate of Michigan State University, is still in the grace period before he has to start repaying student loans, having recently started at a career. “I may look into loan deferment or something,” said McClellan. “I haven’t looked into it myself yet, but apparently I may be able to apply to a deferment program that takes my salary and calculates a reasonable percentage of my paychecks go towards paying off my loans, we’ll see.”

While McClellan is still treading water before he has to worry about loans, McClellan has started to look to the future.

Military wives share tips for managing money

When it comes to money, people handle it in different ways. Some spend it as soon as they get their hands on it and others save and budget it. Armed Forces members and their spouses are no different, though they can be more likely to be subject to tight restrictions and sudden expenses. However, there are programs and services available to help alleviate financial burden, and some spouses are willing to share a helpful tip when needed. Sgt.

Chronic wasting disease threatens Meridian Township deer

Over 1,000 deer from Meridian Township have been tested for chronic wasting disease in order to gauge the extent of the problem, with eight deer confirmed positive for the disease in Clinton and Ingham counties. In May of last year, the first free-ranging white-tailed deer in Meridian Township was found to have chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. According to Dr. Jen C. Owen, Associate Professor of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, chronic wasting is a prion disease that only affects other cervids – mule deer, white tailed deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. Owen explained that prions are misfolded proteins that replicate in the animal by conversion of normal cellular proteins into abnormal proteins, which accumulate in brain tissue and the lymphatic system and resist normal immune responses of the infected animals. Symptoms may not show up for months or years after the animal is infected, and it is always fatal.

Mike Pence Rally 2016

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016., a rally for vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence was held at the AVFlight Hanger in Lansing, MI prior to the Nov. 9 election day. A large crowd gathered amid different jets and airplanes parked inside and Pence addressed them for approximately 35 minutes before departing to the next stop on his tour of Michigan.