Be smart! Experience Money Smart Week, April 22-29

Students, staff and community members are invited to Money Smart Week programs throughout DeKalb, LaSalle and Lee counties during the week of April 22 to 29. All programming is free and covers many facets of personal finance, from establishing a budget to estate planning, couponing and more.

Money Smart Week includes financial literacy programs for all ages, from children to college students, adults and seniors. “No matter your age, there is always something to learn about being ‘money smart.’  Come join us for some fun!” says Dr. Judith Dymond, coordinator of NIU’s Center for Economic Education.

The Center for Economic Education offers economic education programs for K-12 schools, teachers and students, as well as community financial literacy programs starting at elementary and extending through adulthood. As part of Money Smart Week, the center will offer programs for both children and adults.

On Earth Day, April 22, young people ages 5 to 12 are invited to “Investing in the Earth,” at the DeKalb Public Library, from noon to 2 p.m. NIU students and Dr. Tammy Batson, director of the Center for Economic Education, will share ways young people can help the environment that make good economic sense. Participants will learn to make the old new again by using recycled materials to make art.

Adults will get smart about money at Fatty’s Pub and Grille in DeKalb on Tuesday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Mya Pronschinske Groza, assistant professor in the NIU Department of Marketing, will present “The Savvy Digital Consumer,” about the benefits of using mobile apps and online technologies to save money and score winning deals. Participants will also learn how some offers may be too good to be true.

Highlights of the week for college students include “How to Be Financially Savvy in College,” on Tuesday, April 25, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in NIU’s Founders Memorial Library. This event features free pizza and a discussion of financial planning, career searches and more. Also in Founders Memorial Library will be “Turning Passion into Profit,” on Wednesday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m. Daily programs about “Understanding Your Credit Score” will be offered at various locations around campus. Students will also have a chance to compete for prizes and possible scholarship money throughout the week with the popular scavenger-hunt type game, “Geocache for College Cash.”

For seniors or those approaching retirement, Money Smart Week offers a range of programs, including “Medicare Monday,” “The Essentials of Estate Planning,” “Approaching Retirement on TRS or SURS” and “Social Security Crash Course – Preparing for Your Retirement.”

A full schedule of events is available online.

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