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URBANA, Ill. – Creating healthy financial habits is essential, especially young adults who are faced with many first-time financial decisions, such as buying a home versus renting, evaluating job benefits, and developing financial plans with a significant other. Building that foundation of financial knowledge and understanding how to handle personal finances takes practice.

Learn how to manage your money with confidence and prepare for life’s financial challenges in a free 10-part webinar series Get Savvy. The collaboration between University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, University of Illinois Student Money Managing Center, DePaul University, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission breaks down common financial topics into practical advice to protect assets and improve long-term financial stability.

“Anyone looking to improve their money management skills will find Get Savvy webinars to be an engaging, interactive experience,” says Kathy Sweedler, Illinois Extension consumer economics educator. “Along with unbiased information, we always provide additional free resources and tools participants can explore at their convenience.”

The ongoing chat throughout each webinar allows participants to ask questions in real-time.

Register in advance at to attend any of the free online sessions. The sessions begin at noon and include the following topics:

  • Aug. 18: Leveraging FinTech
  • Sept. 15: Identify Theft & Fraud
  • Oct. 27: What’s Your Job Worth?
  • Nov. 10: Conscious Consumerism
  • Dec. 8: Planning for the Unforeseen
  • Jan. 26: Steps to Investing
  • Feb. 9: Money in Relationships
  • March 30: Financial Emergency Preparedness
  • April 13: Home Buying vs. Renting
  • May 18: Student Loan Repayment

If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, or for more information, contact Kathy Sweedler at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

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SOURCE: Kathy Sweedler, Consumer Economics Educator, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Erin Wunderlich, Writer, University of Illinois Extension

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.