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.
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.
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.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach supports the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help Iowans with lower incomes save money on their tax return preparation.
The Northwest Area Education Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach invite Iowa educators to learn how to teach the High School Financial Planning Program April 24 in Sioux City. The workshop will feature this curriculum that addresses student hands-on learning in money management, borrowing, earning power, investing, financial services and insurance.
Money often plays a role when people are trying to reach their goals or deal with difficult issues in their lives. “Your Money, Your Goals,” a course from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is specifically designed for professionals and volunteers who want to help others with their finances.
There's more to financial wellbeing than managing money. Iowans can explore their sense of financial wellbeing during “What about Me? My Wellbeing,” a workshop series from ISU Extension and Outreach.
Before checking if the furniture fits, anyone looking to buy that first home needs to know if the budget fits. “A Place of Your Own,” from ISU Extension and Outreach, is an online course that provides consumers with decision making tools on whether now is a good time to buy a home.
Iowa’s child care providers help young children be ready for school and future success. They can better focus on that important task if they aren’t worried about their financial security, says Carolyn Steckelberg, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
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.