Financial Capability Education

 

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Financial Resources

Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times
Free, reliable resources to make sound financial choices in five areas:
  • Talking with Family and Managing Stress
  • Creating a Budget
  • The Balancing Act: Cutting Expenses and Increasing Income
  • Keeping Up with Credit and Debt
  • Considering Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

Paying For Your Plan: Budgeting for Health Insurance
Information for those individuals and families who are learning how to adapt to financial changes with health insurance coverage.

A listing of helpful resources when Managing Between Jobs:

Podcast: Drop in Income

 

College Savings Information

College Savings sheet (English)

English

Cp;;ege Savings (Spanish)

Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money Management Tools

Financial Education and Money Management Helping families achieve financial well-being – keeping pace with day-to-day expenses, reaching financial goals, planning for life’s unexpected events, and securing their financial future.

Money Matters Online Modules Learn about your financial strengths, gain new money management skills and build knowledge you can share with others–your kids, your spouse, friends, co-workers, and more.

Money Smart Newsletters

Issues 1-8  (PDFs)

Setting Goals

Spending

 Tax Time

Saving

Keeping Money Safe

Using Credit

Debt

Organizing


Issues A – H (PDFs)

Saving for College

Money Smart Newsletter issue A, Saving for College

When You Need Money

Money Smart Newsletter issue E, When You Need Money

Children & Money

Money Smart Newsletter issue B, Children and Money

Paying for Health Care

Money Smart Newsletter issue F, Paying for Health Care

Mobile Banking

Money Smart Newsletter issue C, Moblile Banking

Rebuilding Credit

Money Smart Newsletter issue G, Rebuilding Your Credit

Health Insurance

Money Smart Newsletter issue D, Health Insurance

Money & Relationships

Money Smart Newsletter Issue H, Money and Relationships


Credit

Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10

By law, everybody can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, securing a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date. The credit reporting system is set up so that you are responsible for finding and correcting errors–you must play the role of quality controller for the information in your reports.

We encourage you to mark your calendars on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10 this and every year as a reminder to request a copy of your free report on those days. “2/2, 6/6, 10/10” is meant as a simple way to remember to pull your free credit reports regularly. You may want to provide your email address here to automatically receive reminder emails on those dates.

 

Three Ways to Obtain Your Free Report

  1. Online: visit AnnualCreditReport.com
  2. Mail: send this request form to
    Annual Credit Report Request Service
    P.O. Box 105281
    Atlanta GA 30348-5281
    Requests by mail may take 2-3 weeks for delivery
  3. Phone: (887) 322-8228

For more information, visit University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Obtain Your Free Report to learn how to obtain and read your credit report, Reading a sample credit report PDF icon

Important: You never need to provide a credit card number to obtain your free credit report. Websites that ask for your credit card number may bill you for your report.

EITC Information (Tax Credits)

Low and moderate-income workers in Wisconsin may be eligible for thousands of dollars of additional income at tax time. For many families, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), together with the state Earned Income Credit, can bring in anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income and size. Both credits specifically target employed households, and are intended to supplement earnings from work. Workers can receive the credits even if their incomes are too low to pay any income taxes. See the Earned Income Tax Credit brochure for general guidelines on tax credits for which you may be eligible.

To help eligible households learn about the credits, UW-Extension has developed a website providing detailed information—including information on eligibility and benefits, links to tax forms, and more. The website can be found at http://fyi.uwex.edu/eitc/

Financial Coaching

New financial education programs, now available for Washington County residents!!

Online Class with option for Financial Coaching follow up:
Pre-register in advance (for certificate of completion) by calling 262-335-4479

  • Learn about your financial strengths, gain new money management skills, and build knowledge you can share with your kids, your spouse, friends, co-workers, and more with these Money Matters Online Modules
  • In Washington County, Money Matters can be used as a self-study program — or — Follow up with UW-Extension Financial Coaching to earn a certificate of completion. Contact UW-Extension to learn more 262-335-4479 or carol.bralich@wisc.edu
  • There is no charge for these programs

Money Smart Week

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Watch this page for information on our 2020 Money Smart Week Events.

Coming Soon!

Questions or Concerns? Contact the Human Development & Relationships Staff