It is Financial Capability Month!

Here is some information for you to share on your county web sites, Facebook pages or via Twitter –see attached proclamation…

There are 3 pieces mentioned that you may like to point people to:


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -

Click on Participate to see the Know Before You Owe, a campaign for homebuyers, students, and anyone who uses credit cards. The CFPB is working to make it easier for people to understand the costs involved when borrowing money.


myRA from the US Dept. of the Treasury -

myRA stands for My Retirement Account. If you want to start saving for retirement, you are a wage earner without access to a retirement plan at work, and you  earn less than $129,000  per year – then myRA may be for you!  Opening an account costs nothing, there are no fees for maintenance, the value of what you put in will not go down in value, and you can contribute whatever fits your budget from each paycheck. myRA is an easy way to start saving for retirement.


For even more information on money issues, start at

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!

  • 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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