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Read article: Steps to choose health insurance
Steps to choose health insurance
Purchasing health insurance requires choosing which insurance plan works best for you, whether you are choosing from your workplace options or from...
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Read article: Spring into food savings
Spring into food savings
As food is necessary for everyone, it is an important expense in your regular budget. Some ways to...
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Read article: Finding financial balance
Finding financial balance
Money is a topic that impacts almost everyone. Learning what you value and how to balance your individual wants and needs with your available...
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Read article: More help available to manage your money
More help available to manage your money
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Harmon, and I am Extension's new Finances Educator for Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion counties. While I am...
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Read article: Reacquaint yourself with the Plan Well, Retire Well blog
Reacquaint yourself with the Plan Well, Retire Well blog
We’re back! After a hiatus, the Plan Well, Retire Well blog is back with renewed energy! We will introduce our Illinois Extension bloggers in the...
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Read article: Let’s find your financial balance
Let’s find your financial balance
Money is a topic that impacts almost everyone. Money is necessary for basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. Once basic needs are met,...
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Read article: Fighting to Save Money
Fighting to Save Money
Did you know that 32% of U.S. households do not have enough money saved to cover a $400 emergency expense? Maybe the needs in your household are...
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Read article: Happy Travels
Happy Travels
When it comes to creating saving goals, we often think of big-ticket items such as saving for a down payment on a house, education, car, retirement,...

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Money Mentors hosting pop up mentoring
Do you need help with your personal finances? Do you have a question about your credit report or credit score? Illinois Extension Money Mentor volunteers are here to help! On the second Tuesday of each month, Money Mentors...
Financial literacy series supports southern Illinois women in agriculture
MURPHYSBORO, Ill.— There are uncertainties with agriculture finances, but through a financial literacy series offered by Illinois Extension, women in agriculture can be prepared. Know Your Numbers, Know Your Options is a four-part program through Annie's Project, which empowers women in...
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Improve well-being, health with 5 life lessons
URBANA, Ill. – Continued learning through all stages of life helps us to thrive physically, mentally, and financially. No matter your age, learn valuable life lessons in five monthly workshops which continue a tradition of supporting Illinois residents and communities with relevant and easy-to-...
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Build money management skills early for a solid financial future
URBANA, Ill. — Building positive money habits early in life paves the way for long-term financial stability, but navigating topics such as spending, saving, investing, and managing debt can feel overwhelming, especially for young adults who are tackling financial responsibilities for the first...


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