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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.

2016 class schedule
Session 1: February 22, 2016 (Registration begins January 1)
Session 2: April 11, 2016

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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