April is Financial Literacy Month!newby.17 | April 4, 2011
We’re surrounded by money information. Turn on the TV or radio, pick up a newspaper or magazine, search the web or look at social media sites…information is everywhere. How do we know what is credible and worth our attention? Where are we on our path to financial wellness?
Looking for information on line? Start with sites that end in .edu, .org, or .gov. Here’s a great one to begin with <extension.org>, then search family, and personal finance. Lots of great information and you can even Ask An Expert!
To get you started, here are a few tips to getting your finances in order:
- First, catch your breath…start by evaluating where you are and where you want to be.
- Start small, but start.
- Look at your current spending patterns.
- Pull your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) and review it carefully, submitting corrections if needed.
- Start saving something today, no matter how small.
- Involve others – family, friends, co-workers. We all need cheer leaders to keep us focused.
- Make a commitment to learn something about money this month.
- Take a class (on-line or face-to-face).
- Ask questions.
- Meet with a financial professional.
This month, there are also two e-books available to help you in your journey to financial wellness. You can access them both here.
Make this the month that you begin…or continue…in this journey to financial health!
Happy Financial Literacy Month!