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Lots of free entertainment, culture, and education can be found in Monroe County (aren't we lucky?). Here’s a selection for the upcoming week: Read more »

Cutting College Costs

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PHOTO: PETER GERDES


NPR recently reported that Pell Grants awarded to students haven’t kept pace with rising tuition. On average, students would have to work 35 hours a week, every week for a year, at minimum wage to make up the difference to afford tuition, room, and board. That doesn’t include extras (a few nights out or the cost of traveling home). 

It’s no secret that a college degree is expensive. But there are things you can do to keep the costs down. Read more »

Roommates: Don't Get Mad, Get Apps!

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PHOTO: VALERIE HINOJOSA

Housing can be your biggest recurring expense, but one way to get around that is by sharing your living space. Yes, I’m talking about roommates. We've all heard horror stories about inconsiderate (and downright horrible) roommates who don't pay rent on time and make you Read more »

Fun Around Town with No Money Down

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Lots of free entertainment, culture, and education can be found in Monroe County (aren't we lucky?). Here’s a selection for the upcoming week: Read more »

It's Your Money Radio: Growing Your Money Through Investing

On this past Tuesday's Ins & Outs of Money segment on WFHB, I was joined by Richard Shockley, a Kelley Schol of Business Professor of Finance at Indiana University. Richard explains why—when it's done the right way—investing is an excellent and safe way to grow your money.

You can also listen to all Ins & Outs of Money segments on WFHB online.

DIY Money Smarts: A Conversation with Anna Beck, Personal Finance Zinester

ImageLong before there were blogs and tweets, there were zines—self-published amateur magazines devoted to the interests and thoughts of their creators. From discussions on music and politics to comics and journal-style personal stories, zines are a quirky, fascinating, and sometimes bizarre testament to the creativity and dedication of people who don't let the lack of a commercial publisher stop them from expressing themselves in print.

Among the many  publications I browsed at the American Library Association's Zine Pavilion this year, one particular item caught my eye. It might have been the lime-green cover, or maybe it Read more »

Fun Around Town with No Money Down

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Lots of free entertainment, culture, and education can be found in Monroe County (aren't we lucky?). Here’s a selection for the upcoming week: Read more »

Unlock Your Code! Review of The Dollar Code

Do you have too much month at the end of your money? Tried budgeting in the past, but it was just too confusing? Feel out of control of your finances? Jason R. Hastie has solutions for you in The Dollar Code: Get Out of Debt with One Number.

The Dollar Code borrows from the first lesson of personal finance: spend less than you earn. Pretty simple, right? Yet plenty of us have a hard time putting this concept into practice, because we're waging a daily battle against the “have it now” mentality—a mentality reinforced by payday loans, credit cards, and even mortgages. But, Hastie says, we have the ability to take control of our finances—without sacrificing everything we want. 

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Help! My Credit is Broken!

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If your less-than-stellar credit has been affecting your life, you should start to repair it. It may seem like a long road, but taking a few painless steps can help get your financial life back on track.

Order a free credit report.

You can order a free credit report once a year at annualcreditreport.com, or by calling 877-322-8228. Once you receive it, make sure the Read more »

Fun Around Town with No Money Down

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Lots of free entertainment, culture, and education can be found in Monroe County (aren't we lucky?). Here’s a selection for the upcoming week: Read more »

It's Your Money is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

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