Flowers are blossoming and so are the possibilities for learning about how to manage your finances. April is National Financial Literacy month, and there are all sorts of ways that you can celebrate!
Come to the library and attend a program on topics like budgeting for specific goals, teaching your kids about money, talking about money with family members, or tackling student loans.
Portland Community College is hosting a Dollars and $ense Expo at the Cascade and Southeast Center campuses on April 16th and 17th. Topics covered will include community-based resources, avoiding scams, transferring funds as an international student, managing your budget, and helping to lower the cost of higher education.
Innovative Changes, a local nonprofit, is offering a Financial Empowerment Clinic focusing on debt and credit building on Saturday April 20th from 10am-3pm at their office in the Lloyd Center Mall, Suite 2010. Workshops include building credit, raising a “money smart” kid, proposed debt collection reform, unfair debt practices, and student debt. Budget doctors will be on-call for diagnoses and the Multnomah County mobile library will be there with books on budgeting and debt. There will also be hourly raffles for local business gift certificates. For more info about this clinic, call 503-249-5205.
If you’re not able to come to an event in person, you can also find ways to get involved online!
- Take 30 steps to financial wellness.
- Join in the Money Smart Scavenger Hunt using your smart phone to complete a series of tasks around town. Prizes include Visa and Apple gift cards.
- Try the 52-week Money Challenge. It’s very straightforward and if you complete all 52 weeks, you’ll have saved over $1,300!
And any time of the year is, of course, a good time to check out a library book. We’ve got books on all sorts of topics for learning about your money:
- The Busy Family’s Guide to Money by Sandra Block
- The Only Budgeting Book You’ll Ever Need by Tere Stouffer
- A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success by Ken Dychtwald
- It Pays to Talk: How to Have the Essential Conversations with your Family about Money and Investing by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Charles Schwab
- The Debt-free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of your Finances Once and for All by JoAnneh Nagler
- and lots, lots more!