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Money Management Training

      MoneyWi$e is a joint financial
      education project of Consumer
      Action and Capital One

MoneyWi$e: Money Management
The Money Management
course will give you...
      An understanding of what good
       money management is and why
       it is important
      Skills and ideas to help you
       better manage your money

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Money Management

      Session One
      (Two hours)

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Course objectives

      This seminar will help you
       –   How to prepare a budget
       –   How to balance your accounts
       –   How to cut back on expenses
       –   Ideas for increasing your income
       –   How to save more
       –   How to set financial goals

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In participants‟ folders

      Manage Your Money Wisely (brochure)
      Checkbook Balancing Activity
      Money Management Self Evaluation
      Three Sample Profiles (class exercise)
      Financial Goals Worksheets
      Take-home Budget Worksheet
      Money Management Seminar
       Evaluation Form

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Money management

      What is money management?
       – Knowing how to save, spend and
         invest your money so that you and
         your family can successfully work
         toward your financial goals

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Money management activities

      What activities go with money
       –   Tracking your spending.
       –   Making a budget.
       –   Balancing your checkbook.
       –   Using credit wisely.
       –   Setting long- and short-term goals.
       –   Earmarking money for savings.

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Be a wise money manager

      Wise money management can
       help you:
       – Pay your bills on time.
       – Make it through times when you are
         not working.
       – Save money.
       – Plan for short- and long-term goals.

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      What is a budget?
       – A spending plan to help you
         forecast and control your expenses.

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Making a budget

      How do you make a budget?
       – You need to figure out how much
         you spend each month and
         compare that amount to your take-
         home pay.
       – Track your spending for a set
         period of time, like a month, in
         order to figure out how much
         money you spend.

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Tracking your spending

      What are some ways to track
       how much money you are
       spending each day, each week,
       or each month?

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Ways to track spending

      Keep a notebook handy and
       write down everything you buy
       and every bill you pay.
      Keep all your receipts in an
       envelope or shoe box.
      Create a computer file for
       entering your income and

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Your budget

      What are some of the things that
       should be included in your

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Your budget may include:

      – Housing
      – Food (groceries, restaurants,
      – Automobile (payments, gas,
        repairs, insurance, commuting
      – Clothing & personal grooming
      – Utilities (electric, gas, water, cable)
      – Credit card payments

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Your budget may include:

      – Student loan payments
      – Child care
      – Insurance payments
      – Entertainment (movies, concerts,
      – Medical bills
      – Vacations
      – Income taxes

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Making your budget work

      Does your income cover your
      If not, you need to figure out how
       to spend less or earn more.

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Bank accounts

      A bank account is an important
       money management tool.
      How can a bank account help
       you manage your money wisely?

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Bank accounts

      A bank account helps you keep
       track of your spending and how
       much money you have available.
      Use your checkbook register to
       write down and deduct:
       – Every check you write
       – Every ATM or debit card transaction
         or purchase
       – Any bank fees you pay
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Benefits of a bank account:

      Money is safe.
      Each account is insured.
      Canceled checks prove you paid
       a bill.
      Having a bank account can save
       you money.

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Let‟s take a break

      Please come back in 15 minutes.

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Let‟s balance a sample
      Take out the checkbook
       balancing activity from your
       – Review the sample bank statement.
       – Balance the sample checkbook
       – Balance the sample account using
         the checkbook balancing

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Cutting back on expenses

      What are some ways to cut back
       on expenses?

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Ideas to help you cut back

      Shop around and compare
      Make a shopping list and stick to
      Prepare meals and bag lunches
       at home.
      Don‟t shop recreationally—you
       could be tempted to buy things
       you don‟t need

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More ways to cut back

      Use the public library for books,
       magazines, videos.
      Join a buying co-op.
      Lower your thermostat when
       away or sleeping.
      Walk instead of drive.
      Look for a free bank account.

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Increase your income

      Ways to earn extra money:
       – Part-time or weekend job.
       – Take advantage of income tax
         programs, such as the Earned
         Income Tax Credit.
       – Start a home-based business.
       – Rent out a room.

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Setting financial goals

      Short-term goal (1-2 years) —
       buying a new car, getting a
       degree or planning a wedding.
      Long-term goal (5-10 years or
       more) — owning a home, starting
       a family, paying for college or

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Working toward your goals

      A savings plan allows you to
       work steadily toward your
       financial goals.
      The take-home „Financial Goals
       Worksheet‟ will help you figure
       out a savings plan that works
       with your particular goals.

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Take-home activity

      The Financial Goals Worksheet
       and Chart can be found in each
       of your folders.
      Complete the worksheets at
      Bring the completed worksheet
       back for the second session.
      See you next time!

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      Session Two
      (Two hours)

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      Welcome back!

      In this session we will focus on
       saving, investing, insurance,
       credit and debt

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Saving & investing

      Let‟s review your Financial Goals
      Saving and investing can help
       you to reach your short-term and
       long-term goals.

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How to save more

      “Pay yourself first” by
       scheduling automatic deposits
       on pay day that go into your
       savings account or IRA
       (individual retirement account)

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Retirement accounts

      Does your employer offer a
       retirement savings plan, such as
       an IRA. An IRA can help your
       retirement savings grow faster
       because you do not have to pay
       taxes on the earnings until you
       are eligible to withdraw from the
       account, at age 59 1/2.

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Saving - CDs

      A CD (certificate of deposit) is a
       safe way to save.
       – Like savings accounts, CDs are
         insured by the government.
       – CDs often earn a higher interest
         rate than savings accounts do.
       – However, CDs require that you
         leave your money for a set period of
         time, such as six months or a year.

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      An investment is the use of
       money to create more money
      Stocks, bonds and mutual funds
       are all types of investments
      Consider an investment advisor.
      Be cautious—investments are
       not government-insured and you
       could lose your money.

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      What are the benefits of having
      Insurance protects you against
       financial ruin as a result of an
       unforeseen catastrophe like fire,
       theft or medical emergency.

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Kinds of insurance

      What are the most important
       types of insurance for you and
       your family?
       –   Automobile insurance
       –   Health insurance
       –   Homeowner‟s or renter‟s insurance
       –   Life insurance

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Saving money on insurance

      Always ask if you are eligible for
       any insurance discounts.
      Internet sites can help you
       compare premiums:
       – QuoteSmith (
       – Quicken Insurance

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      Good credit can help you:
       –   Rent an apartment
       –   Purchase a home
       –   Get a job
       –   Set up phone and power service.
       –   Buy „big-ticket‟ items without cash
       –   Borrow money
       –   Obtain a credit card
       –   Rent a car
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To build good credit...

      Pay your bills on time.
      If you carry a balance, pay as
       much as you can each month.

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Rebuilding credit

      If you have damaged your credit,
       try applying for credit with local
       businesses or for a secured
       credit card (a bank credit card
       backed by money you deposit in
       a bank account)

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Home equity loans

      Home equity loans can be used
       to consolidate debt.
      Be very careful before taking out
       a loan secured by your home (a
       home equity loan or line of
      If you fail to make a payment,
       you risk losing your home.

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Good credit

      Try to avoid these expensive
       credit options:
       – Pawn shops, pay day loans, and car
         title pawn shops
       – Offers to buy things on credit with
         deferred interest
       – Credit cards with rates higher than
         the national average (currently
         about 13.50%)

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Overwhelmed by debt?

      The National Foundation for
       Consumer Credit - (800) 388-2227
       or can refer you to
       a credit counselor in your area.
       Low- or no-cost services help
       you establish a repayment plan.
      Debtors Anonymous (781) 453-

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Let‟s take a break

      Please come back in 15 minutes.

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Money management activity

      Break into small groups.
      Review sample profiles.
      Discuss how the people in the
       sample profile can get back on
      Select a spokesperson from
       each group to present your

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Take-home budget worksheet

      In your folder you‟ll find a budget
      Track your spending for a while
       and then complete this
       worksheet at home.
      Keep yourself focused on
       creative ways to save money.

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      Let‟s try to answer some of your
       questions about money

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Now you can grade us!

      Please fill out the seminar
       evaluation form and leave it with
       me on your way out.

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      Congratulations on completing
       the Money Wi$e “Manage Your
       Money Wisely” seminar!
      You‟ve taken a big step toward
       wise money management.
      Put what you‟ve learned into
       practice—you can do it!

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