Extension offering financial series
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
If you are a couple — married or unmarried — or an individual who wants to learn more about sharing finances without conflict, then the free $mart Financial Start Series is a program you don't want to miss.
What: The $mart Financial Start Series for couples and those who share household expenses.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and also March 4, April 8 and May 13.
Where: Alachua County Cooperative Extension, 2800 NE 39th Ave.
Information: Call 352-955-2402.
The series will be offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 4 and also March 4, April 8, May 13 at the Alachua County Cooperative Extension at 2800 NE 39th Ave. Individuals also can attend, but the program is geared to those who share expenses in a household, whether a married couple, family members or non-familial roommates.
Michael Gutter, a University of Florida professor and family economics extension specialist, said the $mart Financial Start Series combines important financial tips with family/communication tips to help those attending to navigate sharing finances with others. The series is especially helpful for couples just coming together.
"Sharing finances can be very hard," Gutter said. "We see families struggling to stay together."
Gutter said the program strives to help couples find the right approach, one that is cost-effective and provides for couples to share financial control and power.
"They need a mechanism that works for them," said Gutter, adding that the program has been designed to assist couples with budgeting, how to use credit wisely, how to determine what type and how much insurance they need and how to get their financial papers and records organized.
Topics will include developing a spending plan, finding money to save, making credit work and understanding how to improve credit scores. Gutter said other topics will include do's and don't's, keeping a financial calendar, determining money coming in and going out, setting financial goals and taking the steps needed to achieve those goals.
Gutter said free one-on-one financial planning assistance also is available to residents through the Florida Master Money mentor program, also at the Extension office. "The money mentor program is an excellent one-on-one resource," Gutter said.
To register for the financial series and to make an appointment with a Florida Master Money mentor, call 352-955-2402.