One of the biggest challenges to family well-being is financial security. Our educational programs aim to teach families how to best meet their future financial needs while still keeping pace with day-to-day expenses. We help individuals and families learn money and resource management skills in earning, spending, saving, investing, health care, and housing. As a result, families are better able to pay down debt, build emergency funds, buy a first home, and save for education.
Family Financial Security Areas
- Saving and goal setting
- Family retirement and estate planning
- Access to affordable housing
- First-time homeowners education
Resources and Links
Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times A number of money management resources from UW Extension.
Choose to Save Hundreds of useful on-line articles and tools related to saving and managing money. Includes money-saving tips, links for kids, calculators for credit card debt, retirement, college and more.
Pay Down Debt with Power Pay Making “Power Payments” is a widely recommended way to pay down debt faster so you can start saving. This website from Utah State University Extension offers tools that make it easy to implement this strategy. Also features other useful resources like a Spending Plan tool that creates your budget online instead of with a pencil and paper.
ABLE National Resource Center (Achieving a Better Life Experience) The ABLE NRC is the leading source of objective, independent information and best practices related to tax-advantaged ABLE savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. They function similar to 529 accounts that are used for post-secondary education savings.
Spend Smart Eat Smart This fun, interactive resource from Iowa State University Extension offers a number of useful tools for cutting back on food costs. Meal planning, smart shopping, low-cost recipes and more.
Ballpark Estimate An easy-to-use worksheet that helps consumers identify approximately how much to save in order to fund a comfortable retirement. Can be completed on paper or online to let the computer do the math. Designed for consumers with more than 10 years left before retirement.
Federal Trade Commission Works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers.
The Investors Clearinghouse Investor education resources from 21 leading non-profit, governmental and self-regulatory associations and agencies; provides investors with access to a full range of information needed to make wise investment decisions.