Tag: Family Life

Planning Your Summer Budget

Summer is almost here!  The weather is warm, and that’s good enough for us. Start preparing your summer budget (spending plan) by taking a few minutes to plan for upcoming extra expenses.

Here are some reminders of things to include in your summer budget so you don’t go overboard.     

  • Father’s Day
  • Vacations
  • Wedding Season
  • Staycations
  • Farmers Markets
  • Sunscreen
  • Lawn Care
  • Seasonal Clothing
  • Gardening
  • Swim Lessons (Water Activities)
  • Air Conditioning (Higher utility and water bills)
  • Outdoor Barbecues
  • Back to school clothes and supplies

By: Brenda Langdon                                             

Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Checks) Frequently Asked Questions

Brenda Langdon, Family Resource Management Extension Agent

If I owe the IRS will I receive an Economic Impact Payment?

Yes, but if you owe past due child support it may be offset.

Does my Economic Impact Payment affect federal programs I am applying for? 

No.  A payment will not affect your income for the purpose of determining eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

My loved one is in a nursing home and received an Economic Impact Payment.  What do I need to do?

Economic Impact Payment funds are not considered income by Medicaid. After 12 months any remaining funds will count as a resource for continued qualifying for Medicaid, including those in care homes.

By: Brenda Langdon

Plan Ways to Stretch Your Resources


  • When grocery shopping, compare the cost per serving/unit
  • Buy generic or store brand
  • Maintain your car to avoid costly repairs or replacement
  • Shop around for interest rates and financing terms
  • Buy clothing when on sale
  • Sew at home


  • Pay attention to dates on food packages to use the older foods first
  • Use leftovers for lunch the next day
  • Maintain vehicle and get recommended service
  • Maintain your house with minor repairs
  • Conserve energy with insulation, weather stripping, storm windows, or plastic. Close doors and windows to retain heat.
  • Keep clothes clean, follow care instructions and store clothes properly
  • Reuse and recycle

Use your own resources

  • “Brown Bag” your lunch
  • Plant a garden
  • Sell unwanted items online or through a garage sale
  • Wash car yourself

Use Community Resources

  • Use parks, trails and other recreation areas
  • See if you qualify for SNAP benefits, the TANF program or similar programs
  • Use and support school transportation
  • Use the public library
  • Participate in activities and use the services available through your local K-State Research and Extension office.

Source: https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF3501.pdf

By: Brenda Langdon

Super Sitter Babysitting Clinic

The Post Rock District is partnering with Beloit Parks & Recreation to offer a babysitting clinic for youth, 10 years & older. Join us for this opportunity to learn and practice skills that will improve your ability to keep children happy and healthy as you go about your babysitting adventures! Registration is due by March 13 or until full. Find registration and payment information at postrock.ksu.edu under events.

By: Nora Rhoades

Thriving Across Generations ─ Succession Planning in Rural Kansas

Mark your calendars for the event “Thriving Across Generations ‒ Succession Planning in Rural Kansas”! K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with the Fort Hays State University Small Business Development Center to bring you a night packed full of valuable information in succession planning for your farm, small business or family.

This event will be held on March 11, 2020 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Fort Hays State University Student Union in Hays, KS. View complete details and register online at https://www.northwest.k-state.edu/events/thriving_across_generations/index.html.


By: Nora Rhoades