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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Introducing our New Blogger

I am Pam Atkinson and I am the newest Consumer Economics Educator for University of Illinois Extension based in McLean County. I also serve Livingston and Woodford counties.

My background is in Family and Consumer Sciences education and I have just finished my master's degree at Illinois State University in Human Development and Family Resources. I taught for a couple of years in the Ridgeview School District and spent some time in McLean County Unit 5 schools.

My teaching areas currently include budgeting and family finances, credit cards, credit reports and credit scores, and in green programs, how saving energy not only helps the environment but saves you money as well.

My special interest area is in preparing for financial disasters. We are all told to have food and water and other supplies to prepare for several days following a disaster, but what about our financial picture? How can that survive a disaster? Furthermore, financial disasters go way beyond a fire, flood or tornado, but include loss of income due to medical emergencies, unemployment, and the death of a loved one.

I also have a special interest in getting this information out to your young adults, both high school and college. First of all the sooner they practice good financial preparation the better they will be prepared for the situations that arise in their lives. Secondly, there are a number of situations that we associate with our elders that younger persons should also complete. Power of attorney for health care, and living wills are just a couple of examples. Younger people have a high mortality rate for accidents and often don't think of who should speak for them when they cannot.

Finally I will be adding to the discussion that Kathy and Karen are having about dealing with the financial affairs after the death of a parent or loved one. I lost my parents almost 7 years ago and was recently surprised by a new financial situation that arose. I will speak to that as the details become available.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you but equally important I look forward to hearing from you and your consumer questions.

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