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Sasha Grabenstetter
Extension Educator, Consumer Economics
University of Illinois Extension
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337
FAX: 815-933-8532

Consumer Economics

Consumer Economics


  • America Saves Pledge
    Let America Saves help you with your savings goal by taking the savings pledge!

  • Financial Planning for Young Adults
    About this course: Financial Planning for Young Adults (FPYA), developed in partnership with the CFP Board, is designed to provide an introduction to basic financial planning concepts for young adults. The FPYA course is organized across eight separate modules within a 4-week window. Topics covered include financial goal setting, saving and investing, budgeting, financial risk, borrowing and credit. Because financial planning is such a personal topic, you will be encouraged to define your own financial goals and objectives while we discuss concepts and provide tools which can be applied in helping you reach those goals. Within each module, you will view a combination of traditional lecture style videos along with video vignettes that introduce financial topics for discussion among participants. The video vignettes provide a unique and exciting component to this course. Each vignette introduces a real-world scenario where financial decisions must be made and financial planning concepts can be applied. You will be challenged to think critically about each scenario and decide how you might come to a resolution if ever faced with a similar situation. Finally, the course also includes material throughout which is focused on career opportunities in financial planning, including video interviews with actual CFP® professionals and other professionals working in this exciting and growing career area. The final module in the class is devoted to the topic of financial planning as a career.

  • Long Term Care: Talking, Deciding, Taking Action

  • Plan Well, Retire Well Blog
    Blog for all Illinois Consumer Economics Educators

  • SMART Goals PDF
    This form will help you develop goals using the SMART acronym.

  • Staycation Discussion Cards PDF
    Use the discussion cards with friends you plan to travel with or family to get a better sense of what type of staycation or vacation you should try next!