Finances

Local Highlights

June 22, 2016

Dubuque County will be offering a workshop designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants may have about farmland leasing and land values. Melissa O’Rourke, who will conduct the workshop is a licensed attorney and has extensive experience working with farm, ranch and agribusiness.  

Community Supported Agriculture
March 28, 2016

CSA is a way for farmers and consumers to connect directly throughout the year. In early spring eaters become 'members' or 'shareholders', and in exchange recieve regular boxes full of the season's best local foods.

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

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 www.annualcreditreport.com
  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.

To see the remaining tips go to: http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/30Steps/Step30.aspx

 

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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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