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Financial Literacy: Events

Resources to help with personal finances and information about Money Smart Week.

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2017 Money Smart Week

"Finances are the #1 reason that students withdraw from college and what gives them the most stress." 
source: www.wartburg.edu/finaid/literacy.aspx

CSU Libraries, Office of Financial Aid, and First National Bank are official partners
of the 2017
Money Smart Week initiative from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Money Smart Week 2017 will be held in the Library Event Hall (Room 167)

All events are free and open to the public. No registration required. Cookies!

 

Monday April 24th

Building a Strong Investment Foundation
11-11:50am
Charles Schwab & Co.
This workshop provides information basic terms and concepts to get investors started with diversification and asset allocation.  Workshop topics include:  Why investing is important, Build your investment vocabulary, How to put your plan together, Next steps you can take now.

Ten Investing Essentials to Help Take Ownership of Your Financial Future
12-12:50pm
Charles Schwab & Co.
Using 10 investment principles, this workshop helps investors learn the basics to create an investment plan and put it into action.  Workshop Topics include:  Create an investment plan you are comfortable with, Put your investment plan into action, Keep your plan on the track you set out to take, Take next steps to get started.

Financial Aid—It’s Not That Scary!
1-1:50pm
CSU Student Financial Services
Scholarships, applying for financial aid, billing, tuition, and learn how to read your bill.  

How to Buy a Home
2-2:50pm
Jim Evenson, Realtor
The discussion on how to buy a home will be general, appropriate for all states in the US. Types of real estate, forms of ownership, whom to work with, financing, and negotiating will be covered as well as bigger picture issues such as rent versus buy and how it fits into your larger financial picture.

 

Tuesday April 25    

Be in Charge of What You Charge
10-10:50am
Laurel Kubin, CSU Extension
Credit is a tool used to get ahead--or way behind! This session will cover the basics of careful credit use, checking and improving your credit score, and avoiding the debt trap. You'll also explore ways to pay down debt faster.

Creating Spending Plans and Managing Spending Leaks
11-11:50am
Laurel Kubin, CSU Extension
Creating a spending plan can help you stretch your precious dollars. Here's how to do it, including tips on finding and controlling the spending leaks that can otherwise make your plan go haywire.

Savings and Budgeting
1-1:50pm
First National Bank
Get helpful tips on creating a budget, setting savings goals, paying down debt, and making interest work for you!
 
Insider Tips to Buying a Vehicle
2-2:50pm
Nancy Patton, Public Service Credit Union
Thinking of a vehicle purchase?  Get informed about the options!  Our discussion includes buying new and used vehicles, what type of vehicle is right for you, leasing, ownership costs, and research resources.

Understanding Credit Scores
4-4:50pm
Nancy Patton, Public Service Credit Union
You know that a good credit score can save you time and money. But how do you get a good score? Separate fact from fiction, learn how to obtain your reports and scores, plus get specific strategies to improve your score.  

 

Wednesday April 26

Living Green—Your Golden Ticket    
10-10:50am
JC Ward, City of Fort Collins Utilities
Your wallet and our planet are more connected than you might think. When you take action to save water and energy at home, you’re also saving money on your monthly utility bills!  Join us to learn easy ways to green your routine and keep cash in your wallet.

Saving for Retirement: Get Started Now
12-12:50pm
Charles Schwab & Co.
This workshop helps individuals who are farther away from retirement (20s to late 40s) determine an effective plan for retirement.  Workshop topics include:  Understand why saving now is important, Three steps to saving for retirement, When priorities conflict, Take the next step.

Understanding Credit
1-1:50pm
First National Bank
Straightforward guidance on understanding your credit report.

Money Personalities
2-2:50pm
Nancy Patton, Public Service Credit Union
Are you a High Roller or a Hoarder?  How you feel about money impacts your financial actions and can add stress to relationships.  This class includes quizzes to help understand your money personality and values which may help you make better financial choices.

 

Thursday April 27

Money Services (Checking, Savings, Pre-Paid Cards, etc.)
10-10:50am
Laurel Kubin, CSU Extension
With multiple ways of using money, it's often hard to know which is the best service to use. Should you cash checks at a check cashing store, get cash back from credit or debit card purchases, use a payday loan, or buy a money order? How do you pay your bills? How do you pay for an unexpected expense such as a flat tire? This discussion will help you be aware of financial places and tools, and fees to know about.

Investment in Clothing: Why Fast Fashion Might Not Be a Smart Choice
11-11:50am
Ruoh-Nan (Terry) Yan & Sonali Diddi, CSU Department of Design & Merchandising
Fast fashion has satisfied many consumers’ clothing preferences from a financial perspective; however, it might not be a wise investment when the products can only last for a few washes and present many harmful environmental impact and social concerns. The session will educate consumers about fast fashion and its alternative of slow fashion and how to make more money smart and sustainable clothing choices.

ID Theft Protection
1-1:50pm
First National Bank
Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. Join us for this seminar as we teach you the basics of how to Deter, Detect, and Defend yourself and your family against this potential danger.

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