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Building an Emergency Fund



According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having access to just $500-1,000 in savings could help most people meet unexpected financial challenges, said K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss.

8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


Managing back-to-school expenses



According to the National Retail Federation, the average cost for back-to-school spending this year is projected at nearly $670 per family with children in grades K-12, which means U.S. families will spend a total of $26.5 billion for K-12 children. With college-aged kids added in the mix, that number is expected to soar to nearly $75 billion.
8/6/2014 8:00:00 AM


BALANCING ACTIVITIES WITH FAMILY Play Audio



As a new school year starts, there is typically a mix of anxiety, excitement and stress for students and parents as they consider all the opportunities available for outside activities. It’s natural for parents to want to provide opportunities for their children, while at the same time, protecting time for family activities. However, maintaining that balance is often difficult. On today’s Sound Living: balancing the time children spend on outside activities and the time they spend with family.
 

7/31/2014 7:00:00 PM


A DISCUSSION ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN... Play Audio



According to a government report, the number of babies born last year rose by about 4,700 – the first annual increase since 2007. Experts have been blaming the downward trend mainly on the nation’s economy, which was in recession from 2007 to 2009 and shaky for several years after that. Now the economy has started to pick up and so has child bearing – at least in women ages 30 and older. On today’s Sound Living: K-State Research and Extension child development specialist Bradford Wiles discusses how parenting begins long before the baby is conceived.
 

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


Focus on the Journey, Not the Destination



Nearly every parent has probably heard a child recite the famous four words of a family vacation – “Are we there yet?”


7/10/2014 8:00:00 AM


BACK-TO-SCHOOL ON A BUDGET Play Audio



According to the National Retail Federation, the average cost for back-to-school spending for families with children in kindergarten through 12th grade is around $650. In total, families spend $26.7 billion dollars for K-12 children. When you add in college-aged kids, the number soars to $72.5 billion. The biggest cost for back-to-school shoppers is clothing and accessories, followed by electronics – and those costs often hit all at once. However, K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says prioritizing needs versus wants will allow shoppers to spread those costs over a longer period.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM


Circles Builds Networks, Helps Families Out of Poverty



Circles of The Heartland, Salina, Kansas Video
Circles of Hope, Newton, Kansas Video

Kimberly Trigg, a single mother of three boys living in Salina, Kansas, moved from where she grew up in southern California several years ago to change her life, be a better mother and be a better individual.

7/1/2014 8:00:00 AM


IT’S THE JOURNEY, NOT THE DESTINATION... Play Audio



More than three-quarters of Americans planned to take a summer vacation last year, with nearly half planning a beach trip. The survey, conducted by Orbitz, showed Orlando was the top vacation destination. Bradford Wiles, a child development specialist at Kansas State University, says a summer trip, no matter how near or how far from home, can create a lifetime of memories. However, traveling as a family – whether it’s by car, train or airplane – presents some unique challenges. On today’s Sound Living: tips to make summer travel fun for the entire family.

6/12/2014 7:00:00 PM


FIRST YEAR FINDINGS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES Play Audio



A plan to allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for school meals in the 2014-15 school year is making the rounds in the nation’s capital. The waiver would direct the USDA to create a process that would allow schools to opt out of the heightened meal standards contained in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 if they can demonstrate a net loss from operating a food service program for a period of at least six months, beginning on or after July 1, 2013. K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist Sandy Procter says a recent Harvard study, cited in a USDA Fact Sheet, shows the new school lunch program is meeting or exceeding many of its goals.

5/29/2014 7:00:00 PM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
12/11/2013 8:00:00 AM


Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
12/4/2013 8:00:00 AM


Thanksgiving Holiday Shopping: Keep Fun and Budget in Mind



Holiday ShoppingA K-State expert provides insight into why people enjoy shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and how they can make the most of their shopping experience.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM


Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift



Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM


Foster Grandparents Reach Out to Military Kids in Kansas



A partnership between Foster Grandparents and Kansas Operation Military Kids provides seniors with information to assist military children, who face many unique challenges and opportunities.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM


Farm Transition Workshops Planned in Kansas



MANHATTAN, Kan. – When it comes to devising a plan to transition the family farm to the next generation, communicating may be the hardest part, according to Jeri Albright, who along with her husband, Corky, operates a crop and livestock operation in Jackson County, Kan.
11/15/2013 8:00:00 AM


Push Processed Trans Fats Aside



Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM