blog posts Podcast: Inflation Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm0 views In episode 30 of Making Cents of Money, Inflation, Jake, Nikki, and Andrea discuss what inflation is as one of many metrics to gauge how an economy is doing and how it impacts our spending power as consumers. Podcast: Choosing a Financial Professional Sep 1, 2021 12:00 pm7 views In episode 25 of Making Cents of Money, Choosing a Financial Professional, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki talk to Kathy Sweedler from University of Illinois Extension about type of financial professionals, credentials, and how to choose one that best meets your needs. Leveraging FinTech - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Aug 19, 2021 1:00 pm0 views From mobile banking to blockchain, financial technology continues to provide new opportunities for consumers to spend, save, and share their money. We discuss some of the new technologies that have become more popular in recent years as well as considerations and protections that may be helpful in choosing what fintech would work best for helping you navigate your financial journey. Podcast: Cryptocurrencies Aug 18, 2021 3:00 pm6 views In episode 24 of Making Cents of Money, Cryptocurrencies, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki talk to Professor Lamont Black from DePaul University about cryptocurrencies, discussing everything from the blockchain technology behind them to their utility in the world of fintech. Podcast: Money Personalities & Financial Well-being Aug 4, 2021 11:00 am12 views In episode 23 of Making Cents of Money, Money Personalities & Financial Well-being, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss several financial personality inventories and the CFPB's financial well-being scale as tools to better understand financial values, habits, and internal feelings around money. Podcast: Buying a Car! Jul 21, 2021 12:00 pm8 views In episode 22 of Making Cents of Money, Buying a Car!, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake explain the true costs of car ownership as well as the terms and tools to know about before you buy your next vehicle. Podcast: Budgeting Jun 17, 2021 12:00 pm36 views In episode 20 of Making Cents of Money, Budgeting, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake cover a few of the most popular budgeting (or spending plan, if you prefer) methods to help you think about building a financial plan. Podcast: Real Estate May 5, 2021 12:00 pm8 views Episode 17 of Making Cents of Money, Real Estate, explains the world of real estate professions and what to consider when hiring professionals to help you buy or manage a home or other real estate property! Creating Your Own Financial Education Plan Apr 19, 2021 4:00 pm20 views Use this guide to identify what modules in the University of Illinois Financial Literacy Badges Program align with your financial education needs and make a learning plan for yourself! Practicing Self-Advocacy in Your Financial, Professional and Social Life Mar 29, 2021 4:30 pm62 views Self-advocacy is an important skill to practice, particularly right now. Whether it's getting the resources you need to succeed in school or setting boundaries with your loved ones so you can focus on your own well-being, it's important to communicate with others about your needs, wants, and struggles throughout your life. Save Money on Food - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 24, 2021 1:00 pm0 views At the end of a busy day, when you’re hungry and tired, do you go home knowing you’re all set to prepare a tasty, healthy dinner? Are you happy with how much money you spend on food? Would you like to learn some tricks for eating well for less money? If any of these questions resonate with you, then How to Save on Food is the educational opportunity for you! Seasonal Themes: Get More Done with a Mindset Shift Jan 29, 2021 11:00 am164 views Has Your New Year's Resolution Failed? Try a Seasonal Theme! Focus Your Spending with Lists Nov 18, 2020 4:00 pm58 views Lists are helpful for all kinds of things, but how can they help you focus your spending? Overcoming Spending Temptations Nov 16, 2020 3:30 pm163 views Get some idea starters on how to overcome spending temptations, just in time for the shopping season! Setting Goals for Your Well-being Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am1012 views Explore how Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the dimensions of well-being can help you set, prioritize, and manage your SMART goals. Budget Hacks - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Oct 21, 2020 1:00 pm44 views Money can be messy - it's not just about numbers, calculators and excel sheets. If you're looking for new ways to manage your money mess, we have the budget hacks for you! Learn how to take what we know about human behavior and choices to build better financial habits. Podcast: Technology and Your Money Oct 5, 2020 12:00 pm4 views Episode 3 of Making Cents of Money, Technology and Your Money, explores how financial technologies are evolving and what that means for keeping our money safe. Food Insecurity Takes on New Meaning in 2020 Sep 25, 2020 1:00 pm43 views As Hunger Action Month comes to a close, we're reflect on how food insecurity has looked different in 2020 than in previous years. Podcast: Banked or Unbanked - Choosing Financial Services for You Sep 23, 2020 12:00 pm18 views Episode 2 of Making Cents of Money, Banked or Unbanked - Choosing Financial Services for You, is all about defining unbanked/underbanked, the differences between banks & credit unions, and how to choose the right financial institution for you. Learn from Illinois' Director of Banking, Chasse Rehwinkel, and Director of Financial Institutions, Francisco Menchaca. The 5 C's: A Guide to Self-Care on a Budget Sep 18, 2020 12:00 pm87 views We put together a few tips in an effort to add to your ideas and/or motivate you to start practicing self-care/self-love on a budget! How do people with vision impairments manage money? Jun 16, 2020 12:45 pm30 views Vision impairments can complicate how people manage their money. Learn about ways that people with reduced vision or blindness can be empowered to navigate finances on their own. Top 5 Financial Reminders for International Students Jun 1, 2020 5:45 pm120 views Tuition & fees will be due before you know it, so here are the top 5 financial reminders for International Students. How to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19 Mar 31, 2020 1:00 pm39 views Here are ways you can help support small businesses during COVID-19. Friday the 13th! Financial Planning to Avoid Unlucky Losses Mar 13, 2020 10:00 am114 views Friday the 13th is often considered an unlucky day, but let's talk about how to improve your luck with personal finance! UISAVES Week 3: Building Financial Habits Feb 29, 2020 11:30 am48 views The reality of personal finance is that it is personal and requires behavior change. Learn ways to make behavior changes easier to accomplish your goals. UISAVES Week 2: Small Amounts Add Up Feb 22, 2020 11:30 am81 views An important part of building a savings habit is understanding how small amounts add up. UISAVES Week 1: Goal-setting Feb 16, 2020 11:30 am81 views A strong foundation to any financial plan are goals. Set a goal with #UISAVES to connect with resources to help. universityillinoissaves.org Funding New Year's Festivities Dec 10, 2019 2:30 pm18 views The best way to manage your finances on New Year’s Eve is to plan ahead and set a defined budget you are comfortable with. Read more tips to save while celebrating. IOUs: There's an App for That! Oct 14, 2016 3:30 pm16 views Have you heard of Venmo? Squarecash? These are just a few of the apps that allow you to send money to anyone, anywhere, anytime. From a convenience standpoint, these advances are amazing—but what are the costs of convenience?