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Money Wise

Money Wise 

Alternatives Federal Credit Union's money management course Money Wise provides people with the tools to confront financial issues in their lives. Topics covered include; income and debt, expense tracking, setting and saving toward goals, practical economics, record keeping, insurance, predatory lending, establishing and repairing credit, conscientious consuming, and investment options.

While other financial education courses are primarily geared towards providing information and worksheets, the Money Wise course walks students through the behavior change process. We believe that instead of overwhelming our students with templates to solve their financial troubles, we identify the individual as the instrument of change. Money Wise requires only one task - tracking expenses. Our goal is to see people realize that they have the ability to change and use that realization to confront their own financial issues and begin managing their money.

Money Wise meets once a week for seven weeks and is offered four times a year.For more information, contact Brendan Wilbur at (607) 216-3445.

2015 class schedule
When: Starts March 16, 2015 (once a week for seven weeks) 
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Alternatives' 2nd floor conference room
Cost: Sliding scale $20-100 (based on median household income) Scholarships are available. A light vegetarian meal is provided.
Registration required: Email
Brendan Wilbur

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Rima Shamieh

My IDA [Individual Development Account] experience was just incredible. I saved a few bucks every week and after a year, I had a savings account with $3,000 in it! And I'm glad that the MoneyWise class was required, because it really helped me develop a healthier relationship with money. So many of the skills I learned in class seemed so obvious, but I never thought/knew how to do them until we went over them in class. For example, tracking my spending made a HUGE difference in how I now spend money. Also, the exercises in the beginning when we explored our relationships with money - I discovered I'm a carefree, spirited, impulsive spender. It helps to put a name on things.

After accruing thousands of dollars in debt from student loans from when I was an undergraduate, I was determined to do all I could to stay out of debt for when I continued my education. The IDA really helped. I feel so much better prepared to build equity and save for my future. Thanks, Alternatives!


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