Back-to-school Shopping on a Budget

Households with children in grade school and high school will spend almost $700 on back-to-school shopping this fall, according to the National Retail Federation. Clothing, electronics, and school supplies are the top three expenses listed by families in the Federation’s annual July survey. Households with a college student will spend closer to $1000 this year […]

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Resources for Consumers Whose Income is Interrupted

Have you been affected with an interruption of income? Please find attached a listing of resources that can be of help for consumers whose income has been interrupted- examples but not limited to- furlough, job change, etc. Resources compiled by the eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practices Articles How to Handle a Furlough: […]

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Check your free credit report to build financial security

The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign seeks to make the process of remembering to order a free credit report as easy as possible. Anyone can sign up to receive an email reminder from UW-Extension three times a year—on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10—on the campaign’s website: fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport. While you […]

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Credit Report Campaign 2018

Are you among the thousands of Wisconsin residents who didn’t get around to checking their credit report last year? Turn that around by signing up for UW-Extension’s “Check Your Credit Report Campaign” at fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport. Email reminders are proven to help you remember to order your free credit reports. Do you know what your credit report […]

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UW-Extension: Sticking to your budget over the holidays

The winter holiday season is fast approaching. For many, the coming months mean travel to visit family and friends, gift-giving, and preparation of traditional foods. All of these special occasions can be a challenge on monthly budgets. “Some people set aside a little money out of every paycheck or shop sales all year to get […]

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UW-Extension: Continue to check your free credit report after a data breach

The latest data breach in the news comes from Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. This breach involves computer hackers accessing personal data – social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and potentially more information – of 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax advises all consumers to determine if their personal information […]

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Back to school time is a good time to plan for your child's future.

Back to school is a great time to plan for your child’s future

“They grow up so quickly!” How many times have you been told that or thought that as a parent? Back to school time is certainly one of those milestones that mark the passing years, especially when your child is starting school fulltime. Before you know it, a kindergartener will be a High School Junior, looking […]

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Check your free credit report to build financial security

The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign seeks to make the process of remembering to order a free credit report as easy as possible. Anyone can sign up to receive an email reminder from UW-Extension three times a year—on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10—on the campaign’s website: fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport. While you […]

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Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week Returns April 22-29, 2017

Student Loans? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Small Business info? Want to land your dream Job? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Sign up today for one of many financial education programs during Money Smart Week® April 22-29, coordinated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of local partner […]

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Check your free credit report to build financial security

Month after month, incorrect information on credit reports is among the top consumer complaints to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Are you among the thousands of Wisconsin residents who didn’t get around to checking their credit report last year? Turn that around by signing up for UW-Extension’s free “Check Your Credit Report Campaign” […]

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