Money Smart Week: Take Control of Your Finances

From April 22-29, Money Smart Week will be taking place throughout Chicagoland. During this week, there are a plethora of workshops and seminars designed to help people of all demographics and income levels manage their personal finances. These events are completely free and open to the public. All that’s required for attendance is an RSVP. For a list of events, keep reading!

Learn How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

WHEN: April 22 – 10:00AM-11:30AM

WHERE: Chicago Public Library – Edgewater Branch

Thinking about selling your home? This seminar will encompass everything that the selling process entails. You can expect to learn about preparing your home for the sale, which upgrades add the most value, and how to determine the best list price.

 

Buy Your First Home

WHEN: April 22 – 1:00PM-2:30PM

WHERE: Chicago Public Library – Uptown Branch

There’s a lot that goes into buying a home and it’s understandable to have a lot of questions about the process. At this seminar you’ll learn about everything from down payments and contract negotiations to why working with a real estate broker can save you thousands.

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Understanding Your Credit Report

WHEN: April 24 – 2:00PM-3:00PM

WHERE: First Northern Credit Union

Understanding your credit report is crucial if you plan on making any major financial decisions in your future. This seminar will cover topics such as how your financial decisions affect your credit, how it’s calculated, how to improve your score, and more.

 

Taking the Mystery out of Retirement Planning

WHEN: April 25 – 9:00AM-11:00AM

WHERE: John C. Kluczynski Federal Building

If you’re about 10-15 years from retirement, this is the seminar for you. At this seminar, you’ll have the chance to hear representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, and the Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program as they guide you towards your retirement goals.

 

How to Prepare for the Rising Cost of College

WHEN: April 26 – 7:00PM-8:00PM

WHERE: Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club

Getting ready to send your child off to college? This seminar is a must-attend. Here you’ll receive a breakdown of the cost of college, changes to the financial aid process, and how to find scholarships. With college tuition continually rising, you want to make sure you maximize your dollar for college.

 

So Long, Debt

WHEN: April 26 – 6:30PM-7:30PM

WHERE: Next Door

Dealing with pesky credit card debt? It can be quite a burden, but thankfully there are strategies to get you out from under your debt. At this seminar, you’ll learn about savings, strategies to handle the debt, motivation, and of course a plan to tackle your debt.

 

You Can Have Anything, But Not Everything

WHEN: April 27 – 5:00PM-6:00PM

WHERE: Columbia College Chicago Library

Ever wonder why you make the financial decisions you do? Check out this workshop that will be focusing on digging deeper into your decision-making skills and connotations towards money.

 

There are plenty more events taking place during Money Smart Week, throughout the Chicagoland area. To see a list of events not mentioned here, head to the Money Smart Week website.

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