Local Highlights

May 21, 2015

Life is not about money, but how people manage their money impacts their quality of life, their family’s life and the life of their community. A course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provides the tools Iowans need to work toward financial goals. The course meets on three Thursdays: June 4, 11, and 18, 2015. All sessions are from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Prescott Community Resource Center, 1511 White Street, Dubuque, IA.  The course fee is $5 per session and pre-registration is required by May 29, 2015. To register, call 563-583-6496 and ask for Susan. There are scholarships available.

April 27, 2015

Each year during Extension and Outreach Week the Dubuque County Extension Council gives the Friend of Extension Award to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Extension mission. Marvin Stoffel received the award this year to recognize the leadership he has provided to Master Gardener volunteers and the connections he has made between Master Gardeners and other Extension programs.

Health Insurance
May 22, 2013

Dramatic changes in the health insurance market have occurred as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Change continues with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange (referred to as “Exchanges”), open for enrollment October 1, 2013. Exchanges are a new mechanism for purchasing health insurance coverage.

Bank On Dubuque guides family financial planning
July 22, 2011

With a free or low-cost bank account, you can start to save for the future and establish a credit history that will help you enter the financial mainstream and achieve your dreams. Even if you’ve had problems in the past or have never had an account befor

March 29, 2011

Health problems and high debt usually develop gradually. This program motivates and helps YOU get started to improve both your health and finances by identifying small progress steps.

April is Financial Literacy Month

Take a few minutes to help improve your financial health. 

Money Management Institute created 30 days of financial tips – here are a few:              

  1. The first and most important step in developing and following a financial plan is to examine your attitudes about money. 
  2. Get your financial house organized is a great way to begin on your path toward financial wellness. But before you bulldoze the clutter pile of receipts and paper, you should know that some things are worth hanging on to. The key is to know what keep and what to toss. 
  3. Your credit reports can provide a snapshot of your overall financial situation. Review your credit reports for accuracy can also help you to identify errors or fraudulent activity. Fortunately, it is easier than ever to obtain copies of your reports.   The FACT Act gives every consumer the right to a free credit report every year from each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. To get your free report, call 877-322-8228 or visit
  4. If you find an error on your credit reports, you’ll need to know your rights. Fill out an online dispute form.
  5. Freedom from debt is an achievable goal for every family. The first step in regaining control is to take an honest look at your existing obligations.

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Money Tip$ blog

Mid-Life & Beyond - Dubuque County

Check out this money quiz!

10 Tips to Freedom

Link to ISU Financial Clinic

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

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

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

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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