Family Finances

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Dollars During Development – 3D

Children learn about money from talking to adults and watching how others spend, save, share, and borrow money. UW-Madison Division of Extension has created these Parent Guides for popular children’s book about money. The guides provide discussion questions to talk about as you read the book with a young child. There are also fun activities to do at home, at the store, or in the community that will help to revisit the positive money lessons learned in the book. Click on the book title below to view or download a copy of the parent guide. To learn more, click here: 

https://finances.extension.wisc.edu/programs/dollars-during-development-3d/

Check your free Credit Report Campaign (2/2, 6/6, 10/10)

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By law, you can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, obtaining a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date. This website walks you through the process of obtaining your free reports, reading them, and dealing with any errors. https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/creditreport/

We encourage you to mark your calendars on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10 this and every year as a reminder to request a copy of your free report on those days. “2/2, 6/6, 10/10″ is meant as a simple way to remember to pull your free credit reports regularly. You may want to provide your email address to automatically receive reminder emails on those dates.

 

Money Management : Create a Spending Plan

Putting your financial goals in writing can make them seem more concrete and achievable. The Creating a Spending Plan Workshop teaches basic money management, decision making, and ways to organize personal finances. Consumers who improve their household credit management to enhance financial security will benefit their communities by boosting economic stability and contributing to the foundation for growth.

What is a Spending Plan?
A spending plan helps you manage money in a positive manner by creating a guide that will help you take control of your financial future and reach your goals.

Your plan will clearly show how much money you have coming in, what you’re spending it on and where you can make trade-offs to come up with extra cash. It’s also your first step in meeting larger financial goals. With a spending plan in place you will be better able to maximize financial well-being.

 

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week LogoCreated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the country. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance. 

For more details, go to: moneysmartweek.org or check out the Fox Cities Money Smart Week for more local information at: mswfoxcities.weebly.com

 

Rent Smart: A Tenant Training Program

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Rent Smart provides practical education to help people looking for rental housing to acquire and keep decent housing. Rent Smart emphasizes skills that can help tenants avoid legal confrontations. It stresses tenant responsibilities and the advantages the tenant gains from viewing the landlord-tenant relationship as mutually beneficial rather than confrontational.

What you will learn:

  • Planning for and meeting monthly expenses
  • Tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing
  • How to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants
  • Strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors
  • Responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants

Download the Information Brochure!

Link to register

 


STAFF 

If you have questions or want more information please contact:

Karen Dickrell | Human Development and Relationships Educator
Extension Outagamie County
3365 W. Brewster St. | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-5121 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Fax: 920-832-4783
Email: karen.dickrell@wisc.edu

 

MaryBeth Wohlrabe | Positive Youth Development Educator
Extension Outagamie County
3365 W. Brewster St. | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-5120 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Fax: 920-832-4783
Email: marybeth.wohlrabe@wisc.edu

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