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Organizing personal, financial records to find information when needed.
April 11, 2019

Can your recordkeeping system survive a flood, fire or tornado? Losses from disasters often may include financial documents and other important papers. The “Getting Organized” workbook from ISU Extension and Outreach can help you record your personal and financial information in one place.

December 6, 2018

Is the money always gone before the month ends? Is buying a car – or anything else – only a dream, because you just can’t afford it? Anyone who answers yes to these questions may benefit from a spending plan, says Mary Weinand, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 2, 2018

Iowans can turn to Iowa Concern for help during stressful times

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April 10, 2018

Financial well-being doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Iowans can explore their sense of financial well-being during “What about Me? My Well-being,” a workshop series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 28, 2018

After a nationwide search, John Lawrence has been appointed Vice President of Iowa State University's extension and outreach programs.

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

  • 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. Call the hotline at 800-447-1985.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ICIP 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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