Finances

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August 19, 2014

Considering the high cost of health insurance, farm families should become familiar with changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists in family finance discuss the implications for farm families in the August issue of Ag Decision Maker.

June 5, 2014

Buying a home is one of the most complicated financial transactions that most Americans will undertake. To help consumers get ready to buy a home, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers “A Place of Your Own,” an online home ownership course.

May 19, 2014

Individuals filing for personal bankruptcy can turn to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the education that is required during the bankruptcy process. “Financial Success: Recovery after Bankruptcy” is available through the national eXtension website, www.extension.org, at a cost of $20 per person.

 As a result of the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, anyone filing for personal bankruptcy has been required to participate in a two-hour educational workshop before the bankruptcy is discharged. The online workshop is designed to help participants strengthen their financial management skills to prevent future problems.

“While dealing with bankruptcy may build awareness and motivation to take control of your finances, the skills, tools and strategies for being in control do not appear out of nowhere,” said Jan Monahan, an ISU Extension and Outreach family finance specialist.

March 3, 2014

Stronger families, increased family financial capacity, economic development in communities and youth who are productive citizens, effective leaders, and literate and prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – Iowans identified these as priority community needs that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.

December 12, 2011

It is that time of year, when you store last year’s records and then begin to wonder, how long do I have to keep old records, right? This guide will help households determine which records you should keep and which records you can get rid of. Source: C

FINANCIAL CHECK UP FOR PARENTS AND GRADUATES

Graduation includes new financial responsibilities and changes in family roles.  This publication includes financial tips for parents regarding insurance, credit, banking services, and taxes.  It is not intended to be inclusive of all the financial decisions families will face, but should start you on the road to making the necessary adjustments that will avoid costly omissions and unexpected bills. 

Financial Check Up for Parents and Graduates

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.

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

  • 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!

  • Resources on farm management and finances.

  • 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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