It's Your Money

Use the Power of Two Kitchen Appliances to Save Big on Food



Everybody likes a good meal, but for a lot of people, a busy schedule doesn't allow for the time and energy home cooking requires. For others, there's simply not a desire to spend too much of either on food preparation. Either way, when you rely too much on eating out and prepared or processed meals, you run the risk of spending way too much money—and you'll almost certainly consume too many calories and chemicals, but won't get enough real nutrition.

Using two appliances in your kitchen, you can learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals with very little effort and Read more »

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There are lots of online learning resources out there, but for top-notch video instruction on a wide variety of subjects, it's hard to beat You get in-depth lessons from the pros with, on subjects ranging from business to graphic design to programming—all at your own pace. What's more, many of the skills you develop can increase Read more »

Fun Around Town with No Money Down


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 »

Monroe County Money Smart Week is Coming Up!


Once again this fall, the Library is proud to be part of Monroe County Money Smart Week. Along with our partner organizations, we’re celebrating a financially empowered Monroe County October 16–22 with programs and events around the community—you can’t afford to miss out!

All events are free, and no prior registration is required.
Friday, October 16: Money Personality Quiz
Are you a miser, a spendthrift, or something else? Find out by taking our fun quiz 5–8 p.m. at Food Truck Friday in the Chocolate Moose parking lot (401 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington).

Saturday, October 17:Tasty Tailgate Food Demo
Celebrate Homecoming Weekend in the Main Library Courtyard noon–2 p.m. Our chef shows you how to plan your next get-together the

Artists & Performers: Learn More About Making (and Keeping) Money at Wednesday's Artist Panel


IRIS & R-Juna

What's even harder than making money at your creative passion? Keeping it, of course. Artists of various types will be on hand to discuss their money strategies and struggles as part of the Library's You Get Paid to Do That? workshop on Wednesday, October 7 at the Main Library.

The Money on My Mind artist panel discussion is the second part of the workshop that day, and takes place in the Auditorium from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and no prior registration is required.

Suzanne Halvorson

Artists confirmed for the event include R-Juna and IRIS (husband-and-wife hip hop duo and music label owners), Brian Oppenlander (video game developer), Suzanne Halvorson (textile artist), Marc Tschida (artisan jigsaw puzzle creator), Patrick Siney (graphic designer), Jesse Lacy (singer-songwriter), and Ane Jenkins (music producer).

Following a panel discussion on financing a career in the arts, there will be time for questions from the audience. Rookies and seasoned working creatives alike will appreciate the honest, practical advice presented here—don't miss out!

Photos courtesy of the artists.

Even More Talk to an Expert Sessions Added!



The word about the Library's free Talk to an Expert sessions is out, and it continues to spread. Nearly every date we've offered these one-on-one, confidential conversations with an unbiased personal finance expert,  open time slots have been quickly snapped up by people ready to take control of their money, and the response has been tremendous. People leave their sessions with more money smarts, and more Read more »

Pay Overdue Indiana Taxes Penalty-Free: Tax Amnesty Presentation Shows You How



What's even less fun than thinking about those taxes you still haven't paid? Thinking about the penalties and interest that have been tacked on because you're so late. You know sticking your head in the sand isn't the way to handle your back taxes—you just really don't want to know what the damage is at this point. Maybe you'll think about it tomorrow...

For a limited time, the State of Indiana offers an incentive for you to face up to your forgetfulness. You're not off the hook for the taxes you owe, but from September 15 to November 16, the Department of Read more »

Easy Budgeting the 50-30-20 Way


PHOTO: 401(K) 2012

Want to start a budget, without having to categorize everything? In their book All your worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi describe the 50-30-20 budgeting technique, a tool that allows you to approach spending from a Read more »

Fun Around Town with No Money Down


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



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 »

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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