Personal money management skills include budgeting, wise use of credit, managing debt, banking, and planning for the future. Learning to manage money well can increase your financial power by making your money work harder for you. Below are suggested sources of information to help you make smart decisions about your money.
Connecticut Money Conference for Women
The Treasurer’s Office and the YWCA Hartford Region host a free statewide
annual conference on money management, investment strategies, and financial
and retirement planning for women of all ages, economic backgrounds, and
levels of financial knowledge. Treasurer Nappier spearheaded the
establishment of the conference, first held in 2002, bringing together
her office and the YWCA to package, launch and sustain it. The conference features a comprehensive
personal finance overview with a renowned financial expert, workshops, and a
vendor exposition. In 2017, the conference will be held on Saturday, October
28 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Treasurer Nappier
is honorary chair. Visit
to register or for additional information.
MoneyWi$e Personal Education Brochures
The Treasurer’s Office offers brochures and training materials (available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean) on a variety of personal finance topics including: Saving and Wealth Building, Credit Establishment and Repair, Banking, Managing Money, Bankruptcy, ID Theft and Youth Financial Topics. The brochures are developed by Consumer Action, a national non-profit advocacy and education organization committed to financial literacy and consumer protection. Visit www.consumer-action.org or call Lydia Neals, at (860) 702-3259, Office of the State Treasurer.
Money Smart is a free, comprehensive financial education curriculum developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to help individuals develop financial skills and positive banking relationships. The computer based program is designed for adults and has ten training modules in several languages: Our Money Matters, Pay Yourself First, Borrowing Basics, Check it Out, Bank on It, Keep it Safe, To Your Credit, Charge It Right, Loan to Own, Your Own Home. For information visit: (David – www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart.
Connecticut Money School (CMS)
CMS offers free financial education for adults and seniors on a wide range of topics using volunteer presenters. CMS is a project of the Connecticut Association of Human Services (CAHS) and five nonprofit partners. Classes are held throughout the state in local libraries, community centers and neighborhood agencies in debt, savings, credit, loans, homeownership and senior topics. To sign up for a class dial 2-1-1, Connecticut’s free information and referral service. A call specialist will tell you about CMS classes offered primarily in Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven and register you over the phone or visit www.ctmoney.org to see a calendar of classes and register online.
Sponsored by The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to help you calculate your spending and learn how to save and stick to a budget. Visit: www.spendster.org.
The U.S. Government’s website dedicated to consumer financial education with information from twenty federal agencies that make up the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission. Call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-MyMoney or visit www.MyMoney.gov