Make Your Savings Grow | Let’s Talk Money

Many households experience stress and anxiety about their personal finances. These intense feelings of uneasiness and discontent can lead to misinformation and negative money behaviors. Let's Talk Money is a free 6-week online series to help families begin talking about important financial matters.

Make Your Savings Grow

June 9 | 6:30 PM
Do you feel alone in your struggle to save? Financial experts have emphasized the importance of saving for unexpected events and long-term financial goals; however, people at different income levels encounter challenges with saving. This workshop addresses this issue and provides practical ways to help you grow and maintain healthy saving behaviors. 

Registration Information

Registration is required for these free online workshops. Register online at If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Camaya Wallace Bechard, consumer economics educator, or call 309-663-8270. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Each workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. Central Time each Thursday and is expected to last one hour.


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June 2 | 6:30 PM
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