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Selecting a Financial Advisor

If you are like many individuals, you may not have the time, knowledge, or motivation to plan and implement financial strategies on your own.  "If so, then selecting a financial advisor to help you may turn out to be one of your best investment strategies," says Pat Swanson, CFP® and families specialist with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension's Invest Wisely Project.   Read more about Selecting a Financial Advisor

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Earn a Homebuyer Education Certificate Online for ‘A Place of Your Own’

July 5, 2016, 9:42 am | Carolyn Steckelberg, Laura Sternweis

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers a five-lesson online course to help Iowans decide whether now is a good time for them to buy a home. “A Place of Your Own” is available anytime, anywhere from any computer with internet access. Read more about Earn a Homebuyer Education Certificate Online for ‘A Place of Your Own’

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ISU Extension and Outreach Financial Education Can Help Iowans Dealing with ALICE

July 18, 2016, 9:30 am | Mary M. Weinand, Laura Sternweis

Although they may not have heard about ALICE, nearly a third of Iowans every day are living what she represents: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ISU Extension and Outreach can provide information and education to help Iowans evaluate alternatives when they’re faced with difficult financial choices. Read more about ISU Extension and Outreach Financial Education Can Help Iowans Dealing with ALICE

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Program Helps Iowa Caregivers Plan for Long-term Financial Security

August 2, 2016, 8:54 am | Brenda Schmitt, Suzanne Bartholomae, Laura Sternweis

Many Iowans eventually will be providing some level of care for an elderly parent or relative. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is piloting “Finances of Caregiving,” a program to help Iowans protect their own long-term financial security as they plan for taking on a caregiving role. Read more about Program Helps Iowa Caregivers Plan for Long-term Financial Security

Start the Money Conversation with Young Children

September 1, 2016, 9:58 am | Sandra McKinnon, Laura Sternweis

Media, parents and child care providers play an important role in forming money habits in children. So give those preschoolers some pennies and start talking about money! That’s the advice of Sandra McKinnon, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more about Start the Money Conversation with Young Children

Budget for Inexpensive Gifts and Create Cherished Memories

November 29, 2016, 10:37 am | Carol Ehlers

Simple holidays that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible according to Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She says a $10 limit per person is possible by carefully planning holiday spending. Read more about Budget for Inexpensive Gifts and Create Cherished Memories

Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays

December 1, 2016, 10:59 am | Mackenzie Johnson, Laura Sternweis

Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective. Mackenzie Johnson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, offers tips for parents on how to avoid overindulging their children. Read more about Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays

Contact Iowa Concern for Help with Financial Stress

December 1, 2016, 11:23 am | Jan Monahan, Margaret VanGinkel

December can be the season for financial stress, but Iowans don’t have to take on that stress by themselves. Iowa Concern, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help – with a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website available 24/7 at no charge.

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