Registration open for Money Smart series through ISU Extension and Outreach

ALTOONA, IA (February 2, 2023) – Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will offer Money Smart: When Money is Short starting Wednesday, February 8 at the Giovannetti Shelter in Urbandale. This three-part series provides participants with tools to help manage money effectively, make better financial decisions and live according to their priorities. Registration is open online now through February 7 via the Urbandale Parks and Recreation website and cost is only $10.

“When individuals and households struggle financially, they are more likely to experience stress, anxiety, and worry,” said Kalyn Cody, ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist. “In this series we pack a lot of practical info and accessible resources to help people better manage their finances and create a greater sense of financial security.” 

Participants will improve their financial wellbeing by developing an emergency spending plan, creating a prioritized bill paying strategy based on future consequences, develop skills to improve their own credit, and learn strategies to manage debt. The series is open to all however those recently unemployed or with reduced household income will especially benefit. This class will meet for an hour on three consecutive Wednesday nights February 8, 15, and 22, 2023.

For more information about this program or other upcoming financial programs like Writing Your Retirement Paycheck contact Kalyn Cody at, (623) 243-3725, or visit


About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County 
For over 100 years, ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County has served its residents by connecting them to research and resources developed by Iowa State University. Knowledge and programs offered through the ISU Extension Polk County office have been specifically tailored to represent, enhance, and meet the needs of Polk County residents and community. For 2023 ISU Extension in Polk County will focus on local issues including: K-12 youth outreach; family and food; and agriculture and the environment. ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County is a part of a 99-county campus backed by research to serve all Iowans to create a strong Iowa.