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Local Highlights

Stressed Man
February 21, 2018

Farm life with its country setting often is idealized, but as the complications and pace of agriculture have increased, so have the physical and mental demands on farmers. It’s set up for stress that cannot be ignored, says Malisa Rader, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life program specialist.

Money Jar
February 15, 2018

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on  Tuesdays March 20 & 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DMACC Hunziker Center in Ames.

Father and Daughter reading book
December 12, 2017

As the holiday season approaches, so does the holiday checklist of things to do, like baking, cleaning, attending the kids’ school programs and shopping for gifts. While those tasks may be fun, they also may be stressful, particularly the gift shopping, says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Malisa Rader, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life
November 29, 2017

As the holiday season quickly approaches, holiday stressors tend to sneak up as well

Money Tips Logo
November 7, 2017

As we approach the holiday shopping season, it is always good to remind ourselves to be thoughtful in our spending. Without some thought, we can end up feeling unsatisfied, despite the bills we pay. I would suggest three key ideas we will all benefit from considering.

Buying health insurance is more complicated than buying a piece of furniture or even a car. There is a lot to know, and informed consumers can make better choices.  Learn more about how to make a Smart Choice with the research-based, non-commercial and non-political information through the ISU Extension and Outreach workshop which was recorded on December 1, 2015.  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/cerrogordo/content/smart-choice-health-insurance-education.
 

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!

  • Sharpen your financial coaching skills during this 5-week face-to-face and online course designed to help non-profit organizations/groups assist clients/members with their financial management concerns.

  • Online resources to help improve financial wellbeing through education and counseling in the areas of homeownership, personal finance, and credit.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Get involved in an online learn-at-home or face-to-face course on money management designed for women of all ages. It will help you learn to take charge of your money!

  • 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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