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Protecting Your Credit During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting financial challenges are straining many people’s budgets. A sudden and drastic drop in income can leave people in a position to make hard choices to keep up with expenses. Individuals may find they need to rely on credit through a credit card or bank loan to get through an unknown […]

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Parent Cafe: Join the Conversation in Southern Wisconsin

The Parent Cafe is a free, weekly opportunity for parents and caregivers in Southern Wisconsin to talk with each other. As we connect, we find resources and gain skills that can make our families happier. Each Parent Cafe is hosted by an Extension Educator from Southern Wisconsin and lasts one hour. Participants can join via […]

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Parenting Behind the Behavior

Parenting. . . Behind the Behavior (PBTB) is a weekly Facebook live series produced by a team of Human Development & Relationships Institute colleagues on the Digital Parenting workgroup. Every Thursday at noon a new 3-5 minute, PBTB video is released. PBTB shares short, practical, research based tips on topics related to family engagement and […]

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New Video Series: UW Mindful Money Moments

Tune in Wednesday and Friday afternoons on our University of Wisconsin-Extension Family Living Programs Facebook page for a NEW video series, UW Mindful Money Moments. Each week, our Financial Security Team  Educators will feature a specific topic—how to access your credit report, saving strategies, and reasons to create and follow a spending plan. During the […]

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Crisis: Focus on What You Can Control

If you are experiencing financial challenges due to income loss or unexpected expenses during this time of pandemic and shut-down, you’re probably feeling tremendous stress. As always, one key to managing uncertainty and stress is to focus on what you can control. There’s no benefit to expending mental and emotional energy on things outside of […]


What is Provided Under the CARES Act?

The Corona-virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27th. The law provides for: Unemployment benefits – add $600 to weekly check and cover gig workers/contractors, so people may now be eligible if they were turned down earlier. The IRS has set up a Coronavirus Tax Relief web page […]

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CANCELLED-Money Smart Week Free Events

ALL 2020 MONEY SMART WEEK EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE COVID-19. Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign to promote financial education across all age groups. Launched in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the program is now active in all 50 states through national partnerships with […]

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Tax Credits a Help to State’s Working Families

Many low- and moderate-income working families in Wisconsin may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits at tax time. Together, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the state Earned Income Credit can provide anywhere from a few dollars to more than $6,500, depending on household income, marital status, and number of children […]


Sign up for an email reminder though “Check Your Credit Report” campaign

Federal law gives everyone the right to request three free credit reports each year. Individuals can request one free report each from the three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion online at the official website Two other options for ordering a free credit report are through the mail and by phone toll free at […]


Extension: Couples encouraged to check their credit reports together

Knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. When in a relationship, your partner’s credit can become a source of stress and may affect your ability to secure a home or auto loan. One of the major credit reporting bureaus, Experian, reports that 61 percent of men and 39 […]