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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What do you want from your money . . . a home, financial security in later life, college for your children, or another financial goal? The Iowa State University Extension Money Talk course provides an opportunity to learn the language of money and empowers you to work with your financial professionals to plan for your future.

Topics for the five lesson series include: financial basics: setting financial goals and planning your spending; insurance basics; investment basics; retirement realities; wills, estates, marriage, divorce, widowhood, remarriage.

Past participant comments include: "Excellent Class!! I have talked (raved) with others and they wish they had taken the program. It has a lot of good & useful information." "I learned to think twice about spending money -- even small purchases & pay closer attention to the checkbook." "The need to make a budget, rethink priorities, needs and wants." "How important good credit is and how it affects so many things." "That retirement is scary!! We need to do some major changes now."

The face-to-face course is taught by Ruth Freeman, ISU Extension Family Finance Program Specialist, and "local experts" will help answer participant questions. The price of the course is $75 which includes a 192 page book. Fees for service will be used to off-set direct expenses and to support the Families County Extension Program.

Two upcoming Money Talk series are currently being planned for Sioux City and Denison. Interested participants are asked to contact the Woodbury County Extension at (712) 276-2157 to register or download a registration brochure at www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury for the Sioux City site. For the Denison Money Talk series, contact the Crawford County Extension at 712-263-3366 for further information.

Two self-study options will be available after the first of the year from campus. One is a web course and the other offers a home-study option which is mailed to you weekly.

For additional information on the Money Talk series, please contact Ruth Freeman by e-mail at: rofreema@iastate.edu or by phone at 515-386-3611.