Finances

Local Highlights

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October 30, 2018

Crawford County voters will have the opportunity to elect five members of the Crawford County Extension Council during the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, general election. Individuals successful in being elected will serve a four year term.  Extension council members are elected at large, and all voters in the county are eligible to vote for five candidates. 

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November 17, 2017

Fall is the season for health insurance plan enrollment,  A free health insurance workshop proven to help consumers, sel employed, farm families and first time purchasers navigate health insurance and make more informed choices concerning their health care insureance and reduce the riskof high health care costs.

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September 7, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Specialist Carol Ehlers has been certified as an Accredited Financial Counselor by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.

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August 17, 2017

When short on time, many cooks use packaged convenience foods to prepare a quick meal. Most processed food items are high in sodium, fat, or added sugars. In addition, they often cost more than the homemade version. To boost the nutrient density of a boxed or frozen packaged convenience food, try the ideas described below.

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August 17, 2017

Eating enough fruits and vegetables is so important that there’s a month set aside for it! 

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. Call the hotline at 800-447-1985.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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