Money Smart Week - Learn New Money Smarts

Tax time can make you feel you need to get a handle on your finances.  Well, now, the week after filing is the week to start learning new money skills.

Are you saving for college? Trying to understand your Fico score? Preparing for retirement?  Working on repairing your credit? Or just wishing you were better at managing your money? Then Get Started Today with help from Money Smart Week®.

Warren Buffet makes it simple when he said, “Rule No. 1: Never lose money.  Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1.”  But in your life’s journey, money is sometimes not that simple. 

Money Smart Week® (MSW) is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. It was created and developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002 to help Americans cope with the complexities of personal finance.

Unfortunately, money doesn’t come with instructions, and that’s why banks, businesses, schools, libraries and lots of others are joining together to create financial education during Money Smart Week – April 18th through the 25th. Across the country, hundreds of organizations collaboration and coordinated efforts to help you. The varied programming countrywide is offered to everyone. Hundreds of free classes will be offered throughout the country for all ages and walks of life during Money Smart Week

You can learn about how to avoid being a victim of identity theft, the ins and outs of credit, the home-buying process, estate planning, etc. All presentations involve no sales pitches, are free and you will get some takeaways. MSW is for all demographics and income levels because it covers all facets of personal finance. 

Money Smart Week started small as a one-city program in Chicago and has grown to 49 states, with more than 3,500 events and 250,000 participants annually. Check out this video below

Most of the Partnering Organizations host their events during April 18 - 25, 2015 period but some assist all year long. Money Smart Week® national partners are; the American Library Association, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Financial Planning Association, and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Cooperative Extension

Check out an EventMoney Smart Week (MSW) takes place April 18-25, 2015. All events are free and open to the public. Whether you’re buying a new home, financing college, or struggling with credit card debt. In the calendar you will find descriptions of each class, audience, as well as the date, time and location. A contact person is also listed, in case you have any questions.

There are events in all 50 states check out Illinois for example,

Remember you don’t have to wait until April to get involved with Money Smart Week (MSW). There are plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of what partners have to offer throughout the year.

How you can get involved:

Share Resources with Kids—Kids need to learn money smarts early in life. So it’s never too early to start discussing financial decisions with your kids so they can establish good habits which they will have throughout their life. Money Smart Week has classes focused on kids.  Many of the classes and activities for younger kids, include; fun, games and crafts centered on financial education. You can learn how to apply for student loans or even start a small landscaping business.  Your family’s education is covered.  

Check out the MSW Facebook page regularly for more information about different events coming to your community.  Like MSW on Facebook  - “Like” There are daily updates such as; fun money saving tips, interesting financial articles and information about both MSW events and other free events hosted by our partners year-round. 

Do you think you or your company would like to get involved in MSW? Registering as a partner is quick, easy and totally free. Click the ‘Register as a Partner’ link 

Learn in Your Workplace—“At the Workplace Initiative” is a program which allows all size companies to bring Money Smart Week into their workplaces. Employers can offer financially educational classes relevant to their employee’s lives. Encourage your employer to hand out the MSW calendar booklet and promote local classes to employees.  The “At the Workplace Initiative” is a great opportunity to build community amongst your company while providing them with useful and relevant financial seminars.

Tell Your Friends and Family—Spread the word to your friends and family about Money Smart Week. Financial education is important for people of all ages and income levels. With our wide range of classes there is something for everyone, at every stage of their life. MSW focuses on building community while simultaneously giving participants valuable and relevant financial tips and tools for their everyday life.

Involve Your Library and School – The American Library Association promotes financial education during MSW. Many free events take place at local libraries. By getting your school or library involved you will bring MSW events to your community.

Speak to Your Local Financial Institutions—If you think your town is home to a bank or financial institution that could be involved, print out the fact sheet and encourage them to sign up.  MSW is always looking for new partners ready to partner on free, open to the public, financial education. 


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