Finances

Local Highlights

July 9, 2014

Iowans should take a look at their credit report every year, says Susan Taylor, a family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

 

June 12, 2014

There’s a classic strategy to prevent impulsive credit card spending: put the card in a container of water and put it in your freezer. Then you will have to let it thaw before using it, forcing you to stop and think before spending. This strategy, while slightly messy, may have legitimate value for some folks.

June 12, 2014

Using money wisely is a basic life skill that your children can learn at an early age. Even if you have little money in your home, look for ways to involve the children in deciding how to spend it. Help your children understand how money is used to pay for goods and services.

May 14, 2014

 To buy or not to buy: that is the question that travelers face when confronted with the option to buy travel insurance.

May 8, 2014

Clever marketers often put the name of a key product or service in an address. If you need unbiased information you’ll need to look closely to tell if the brochure, webpage, or mail is from a firm or business that has cleverly created a sales document that looks like a source of information.

Statewide Resources

  • Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. Complete this online course to prepare yourself for buying a home and shopping for a mortgage that works for you!

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.  Access income tax resources and find a VITA location near you.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • If you are looking for ways to improve your finances, this FREE online course is for you! Focused on managing money, the course also addresses dealing with debt, building financial security, and family communication about money.

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Our family finance programs and resources can help you get more for your money, save for your financial goals, and help build your money management skills.

  • Whether you are just starting out or already well-established, smart financial management is a priority for almost everyone!  Join the conversation with your ideas and questions as our Family Finance specialists share tips and resources about making good financial decisions.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

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