MAKING $ENSE NEW ENGLAND is a monthly series combining expert advice with stories of how people across northern New England have found resourceful ways to weather the economic downturn. www.makingsensene.org
Smart remodeling, buying more on your grocery budget and reducing the stress of unemployment are featured on MAKING $ENSE NEW ENGLAND, which airs Thursday, February 18 at 8 p.m. on New Hampshire Public Television, Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Vermont Public Television.
Recession-Proof Remodeling. Owning a home is a great investment, but how do you make improvements when loans are harder to get and paychecks are getting smaller? In tough economic times, many owners neglect their homes in order to save money. Well-timed remodeling will protect your house, while increasing its value and make it more livable. We visit several homes that illustrate forward-thinking improvement strategies and explore a decision-making approach that ensures a practical, appealing and cost-effective project.
Buying More on Your Grocery Budget. One thing that we can’t escape is eating – recession or not. M$NE host Jennifer Rooks goes grocery shopping and learns how to eat well and pay less for food.
Reduce the Stress of Unemployment. Job loss is stressful for both employers and employees. Learn how New Hampshire Works Rapid Response teams strive to minimize the stress of unemployment by working with both employers and employees to ensure all steps are taken to keep businesses functioning well and laid-off workers on the track to new careers.
Small Business Lending. President Obama visited Nashua, NH, this month to announce a $30 billion dollar initiative supporting small business lending. Jennifer Rooks recently spoke with his small business administrator about what this could mean for job creation in northern New England.
MAKING $ENSE NEW ENGLAND, a 10-part series, airs monthly through August 2010, with stories about grassroots responses and solutions to the economic crisis of northern New England. The series is a collaboration of New Hampshire Public Television, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and Vermont Public Television. www.makingsensene.org
Funding for Making $ense New England provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Foundation for Financial Planning; FINRA Investor Education Foundation; and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.