Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Banking on Mom and Dad

Forget the empty nest. According to a recent survey, 59% of parents are giving their adult children financial help, from housing (50%) to spending money (29%) to assisting with medical bills (28%). To bring boomerang kids into financial adulthood, the National Endowment for Financial Education suggests offering nonmonetary help, collecting rent to live at home, and charging interest on any loans you make them.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

September is Preparedness Month

September is Preparedness Month -- is your family prepared for an emergency? How would you communicate? Do you have a three-day kit ready?

Information is at http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us/being_prepared.aspx and www.ready.gov.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Redefining the American Dream -- Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Say Top Financial Goal is Having Enough Money for Retirement

The National Endowment for Financial Education today released the results of a survey about what Americans' top financial goals are. They found that almost half of American adults say the financial goal that is most important to them is having enough money for retirement. Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults aged 18 and older say having enough money for retirement is their top financial priority, compared to just 17 percent who feel homeownership is their top financial goal.

Ted Beck, president and CEO of NEFE says, "Homeownership has been a traditional indication of achieving the American Dream. But whether it’s due to the decline in the housing market or because of challenges experienced during the economic downturn, people grasp the importance of planning for the future and seem to be having a shift in their approach—from physical to more financial security-based values."

NEFE found that, in thinking about their own financial situations, 57 percent believe they are achieving the American Dream. But the chase isn’t without its obstacles. A majority of US adults (70 percent) agree that a significant obstacle to achieving the American Dream is their inability to save enough, and 54 percent agree that managing their debt is a significant barrier.

Take the LifeValues Quiz

Understanding your financial values is one part to success in managing your money. NEFE has a LifeValues Quiz to help identify the values that drive their financial decisions. To take the quiz, visit www.smartaboutmoney.org/lifevalues.

For tips and information on money management, visit www.smartaboutmoney.org and www.myretirementpaycheck.org.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

free webinar on debt management - Aug 16

In August, you can participate in a personal financial webinar offered by Cooperative Extension personnel from the University of Florida. Sign-up at the link below. These Webinars offer you the chance to improve your finances from home or office with live, interactive on-line classes.

Debt Management

August 16 – 10:30 to 11:30 PM (MDT)

Find out how to:

· Evaluate your level of debt

· Use Power Pay to become “debt free”

· Evaluate debt management options

· Avoid scams

Register at http://bit.ly/oB6b2z

Webinars are provided by the University of Florida Extension in partnership with Lake County Extension, Hillsborough County Extension and Okaloosa County Extension.