• A teaspoon full of white granulated sugar, which is spilling off the spoon. The mound of sugar is topped with a bright, fresh raspberry.

    By Beth O’Shea Kindamo, Assistant nutrition educator and program coordinator, University of Georgia Extension and Outreach, Nutritional Sciences What is erythritol? Erythritol is a type of carbohydrate called a sugar alcohol or polyol. Sugar alcohols taste about 70 percent as sweet as typical sweeteners – like table sugar – but provide far fewer calories. This…

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  • A kitchen faucet filling up a cup with water. The water is splashing out of the cup.

    A clean kitchen helps prevent the spread of bacteria. Dangerous bacteria can lurk around countertops, surface areas of the kitchen, and on large and small appliances. Bacteria can be on a surface that appears to be clean. These bacteria can contaminate food and cause serious illness. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted a…

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  • Flowers, candy, and cards are nice gifts to show someone we care, but they’re gone within a week. This Valentine’s Day, consider doing something that will give lasting peace-of-mind to a loved one: Complete the Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care. Available online, the Advance Directive for Health Care combines the living will and durable…

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  • Holiday Spending Tips

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    It’s that time of year, where shopping is in the air and overspending can be a huge problem. Avoiding overspending can make holidays easier and allow you to enjoy the season and the months after.

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  • Image at night of a house decorated with holiday lights

    By now, holiday decorating is well underway in many homes. While all this hustle and bustle can be fun and exciting, it can also make us more prone to accidents. Holiday safety can be difficult to navigate, so here are a few tips to keep in mind as you deck the halls.

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  • Image of stacks of wrapped paper currency

    Talking about money is hard. Finances are infused with the whole range of emotions, so bringing up money matters with a spouse, parent, or child is sure to push at least one emotional button. But having family conversations about money is important for achieving financial stability, reaching shared goals, and teaching children about money management.

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  • Tips for Savvy Couponing

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    If you’ve watched the popular television shows featuring extreme couponers, you may think you have to spend 80 hours a week clipping and organizing coupons to save money. It’s not realistic for most of us to spend that amount of time couponing. It’s also not a good idea to have outrageous stockpiles of food and…

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  • Saving for the Holidays

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    Shorter days and cooler temperatures remind us that holidays are just around the corner. Americans spend an overwhelming amount of money on gifts every year. It is great to shop and find that perfect gift for someone important in your life, but holiday spending habits can be counterproductive.

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  • Tackling Mold in Your Home

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    On average, people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Mold is just one of those pollutants that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Molds are nature’s recycler, so they are everywhere, and there are hundreds…

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  • A Japanese beetle on a leaf with many areas that have been chewed.

    Spring has sprung, and those warming temperatures have many of us outside planting – and fighting weeds. Unfortunately, spring heralds the arrival of pests of all kinds. The gut reaction of many gardeners is to grab a spray bottle from the shelf and dose the offender with a generous coating of pesticide. But there are…

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