Finances

Local Highlights

January 7, 2019

2019 Money GoalsIf the dawn of a new year is leading you to set some financial goals, Barb Wollan has some tools that you may find helpful. According to Wollan, a Human Sciences Specialist in Family Finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, “when you are looking for financial information, non-commercial sources, including the Extension Service at ISU and nationwide, should be part of your search.”

December 18, 2018

Stretching a dollar billMaking the most of our money is a goal shared by just about everyone. If you are one of the hundreds of Webster County residents who know your finances should work better than they do, then "Making Ends Meet," a new workshop from ISU Extension and Outreach, can provide strategies and solutions you need. It is available free in Gowrie thanks to the sponsorship of Heartland Bank.

March 22, 2018

Is there something special you want to do this summer?  A trip?  A landscaping project?  The annual state fair week?  Whatever your summer goals, they'll probably require some money.  The same goes for longer-term goals too, of course.

Money Mechanics
March 8, 2017

When making financial decisions, seeking unbiased information is an important first step.  ISU Extension’s free “Money Mechanics” publications provide research-based non-commercial information on ten core financial topics.  They’re designed to help you make informed decisions to meet your needs. 

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Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • 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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