Financial Education


Financial decisions people make can improve the quality of their lives or make life more challenging.  Either way, the impacts of individual financial choices affect the overall economic health of families and communities.

Financial Literacy – basic knowledge of financial concepts and the ability to make competent decisions is increasingly recognized as an essential life skill.

Family Living Educators deliver financial education in our community where people work and live.  Some examples of recent financial education include:

Making Your Money Work for You

A workshop designed to assist participants in setting financial priorities, tracking their spending, and developing a spending plan.  See the 2015 Money Management Flyer for more information.

Dealing with a Drop in Income

A workshop designed to assist participants in developing a plan for managing their financial resources after a drop in income, using the newly developed UWEX Dealing with a Drop in Income Guide.”  You may also find the Cutting Back and Keeping Up When Money is Tight publication of interest.
Drop in Income PODCAST

Credit & Debt – Make it Work for You  

A workshop designed to assist participants in the benefits and drawbacks of different types of debt, what’s in a credit report, how to raise their credit score, and ideas for paying off debt.  If you are interested in accessing a copy of your free credit report, access an informational fact sheet here.  An additional fact sheet on understanding your credit score has recently became available from the Consumer Federation of America.

Managing Between Jobs  

UW-Extension developed a series of 16 publications that present valuable strategies for dealing with job loss or a drastic reduction in income.  Get help setting spending priorities, keeping a roof overhead, finding another job, and more.   

Money Smart Week Wisconsin

A week-long, financial education initiative delivered in Winnebago County in partnership with local agencies, including the Oshkosh Area United Way, ADVOCAP, Wisconsin’s Department of Financial Institutions, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and area financial institutions. 

UW Extension Self-Help Resources

UW Extension has a number of financial education resources that may be used for self study including the following:
Organizing Your Financial Records
Taking Control of Your Spending
Tracking Your Spending
Using Power Payments to Pay off Debt
Tax Credits for Limited Income Families Blog
Managing Finances in Tough Times Blog
Wallet Tracker
Cutting Back & Keeping Up Fact Sheet
“Retirement Rules of Thumb”
Family Estate Planning In Wisconsin

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