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Money Mentor Program in McLean County

University of Illinois Extension Money Mentor Program is BACK in McLean County! BLOOMINGTON, IL. – If money, finances, savings, retirement, budgets, and planning are a few of your key buzzwords; we have just the program for you. University of Illinois Extension is restarting the Money Mentors program right here in McLean County and we are now looking for both participan...

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Congratulations! You've graduated, now what?

Are you graduating this spring? Are you starting a new job or graduate school or unsure about what comes next? If you are graduating from college or career school (technical and vocational school) this spring, congratulations! It is a big accomplishment. Preparing for life after college deserves equal attention as college readiness. While some graduating seniors have already received th...

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Attention to seasonal expenses: yard work and summer programs

Spring has finally made it to Central Illinois! As the weather gets warmer and you start doing more things outside, your wallet might feel the cost of enjoying the sunshine. Over the years, financial experts have written about spring-cleaning for your...

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Money Smart Week: Explore financial workshops and activities in your area at


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It is not too early to start planning for back-to-school: Part 2

High School to College Is your teenager starting college or career school in the fall? It is not too early to start looking into different options that will help them pay tuition and take care of personal care needs. Even though many low-to-moderate income families would've liked to have money saved or invested for their children's education...

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It is not too early to start planning for back-to-school: Part 1

Last month, I started a series that focused on youth and money management. I wrote about the cost of childcare , and I am continuing with several related topics in April. This is such an important area of personal finance! Over the next two weeks, I will be writing about a couple of important transition periods that have...

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Cost of Childcare

Do you have a child starting daycare or a preschool program? What do you need to know about the cost of childcare? Parents and caregivers rely on supplemental care for various reasons and depending on your family's situation; you may need to enroll your young child in some kind of childcare setting. Over the years, I had many conversations with parents who have children in childcare and...

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