Financial acuity for the stereotypical “poor college student” is not easily obtained nor highly regarded as something that is important. Millennials are notorious for flushing money on anything—between late night burritos, to cutesy unnecessary finds at Target. Ironically, in the generation that grew up in the midst of a recession, many millennials lack fundamental financial skills necessary to their (or should I say, our) future success. We want it all, and we want it now. Perhaps it is because we grew up in such an unstable economy where nothing, no prices or paychecks, were certain. Or maybe it is our own form of rebellion against the older generations of whom we’ve inherited this economical curse from. Regardless of the etiology, finances are something that should not be taken lightly.
Money Smart Week is a nationally recognized event that is held on April 24th – 30th, in which such assistance towards finances can be obtained through hundreds of free classes, events, workshops, etc. Topics such as purchasing a house, saving money for college, student loans, properly handling and managing credit, and retirement are all explored during this week. The free classes during this very important week are held at local banks, schools, churches and libraries such as the Hickman Johnson Furrow Learning center.
To learn more about Money Smart Week and how to participate, please do the Money Smart thing and visit the libraries homepage or stop in. Other resources regarding Money Smart week and finances are as follows:
Money Smart Week Official Website
Kiplinger, Lisa. "Money Smart Week Offers Free Classes for All Consumers." USA Today, 21 April, 2016.
Fluker, Anjali. "Money Smart Week Trains Workers On Personal Finance." Crain's Detroit Business 21.15 (2005): 6.MasterFILE Premier. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
"Money Smart Week." Des Moines Business Record 25.9 (2007): 4. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Lyons, Patrick A. Map Your Financial Future : Starting The Right Path In Your Teens And Twenties. Durham, N.C.: Electronic & Database Publishing, Inc, 2006. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Hankel, Wilhelm. Brave New World Economy: Global Finance Threatens Our Future. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Call number: 332.042 H194 2011