April is National Financial Literacy Month!
Take advantage of the many free opportunities this month to learn more about managing money better!
Besides being the month of the income tax deadline, April is National Financial Literacy Month. The goal of this social marketing event is to highlight the importance of financial management and teach consumers how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. During the month, there will be many opportunities to learn more about money management skills.
Michigan State University Extension provides some of those opportunities by offering classes throughout the state for free or low cost. To find a class near you visit MIMoneyHealth.org. This is an interactive website that provides tools and tips to manage money in positive ways. One such tool is the Financial Health Index Survey where you can receive a score by completing the survey. It will provide resources on ways to improve your score.
Money Smart Week is another opportunity to learn about finances. This year it is April 5-12 and it is sponsored by the Federal Reserve. During Money Smart Week, Michigan State University Extension will be offering two free educational programs. Smart Choice is a free webinar to assistance individuals and families on how to make a sound financial decision on health insurance. The webinar will take place Monday, April 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. and you can join by visiting the Affordable Care Act Roadmap. MSU Extension is also co-presenting “Be a Money Smarty.” This event will be offered in person and by webinar in Grand Rapids, Berrien Springs, Novi and Harrison Township in Macomb County the evening of Tuesday, April 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. To register and learn more on all classes and webinars offered across Michigan visit moneysmartweek.org.
Hopefully you received or are receiving a nice refund this year. With all the available educational opportunities on how to utilize your windfall the information will assist you as you move towards financial security.