blog posts Setting Goals for Your Well-being Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am3286 views Explore how Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the dimensions of well-being can help you set, prioritize, and manage your SMART goals. Coronavirus Challenges Our Financial Security Mar 18, 2020 11:45 am388 views We have defined a few financial terms to make it easier to stay up-to-date on how COVID-19 is impacting our finances. Friday the 13th! Financial Planning to Avoid Unlucky Losses Mar 13, 2020 10:00 am125 views Friday the 13th is often considered an unlucky day, but let's talk about how to improve your luck with personal finance! How I Avoided a Phone Call Scam in My First Week in the United States Jul 25, 2023 3:30 pm107 views This article is meant to put people, particularly first-time travellers in the United States (US), on alert on the activities of phone call scammers. Podcast: Preventing Identity Theft Oct 22, 2020 12:00 pm55 views Episode 4 of Making Cents of Money, Preventing Identity Theft, looks at identity theft and fraud statistics as well as how we can protect our money from potential theft. Podcast: Fintech and Digital Assets Feb 1, 2023 12:00 pm44 views In episode 56 of Making Cents of Money, David DeCarlo, IDFPR's Regulatory Innovation Officer, discussed what consumers should know about digital assets and regulation in this new era of fintech. Podcast: The Anti-Predatory Lending Database Dec 3, 2020 12:00 pm44 views Episode 7 of Making Cents of Money, The Anti-Predatory Lending Database, discusses predatory lending and the Anti-Predatory Lending Database (APLD) in Illinois. Katie Liss from IDFPR Division of Banking breaks down predatory lending in mortgages and how the APLD helps mitigate some predatory lending practices. Podcast: Financial Security and Stress Dec 8, 2021 12:00 pm38 views In episode 31 of Making Cents of Money, Financial Security and Stress, Andrea, Nikki, and Jake talk about statistics related to both financial security and stress and tips to deal with them. Creating Your Own Financial Education Plan Apr 19, 2021 4:00 pm37 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! Podcast: Investing to Reach Financial Goals Feb 15, 2023 12:00 pm26 views In episode 57 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki interviewed Alan Sorcher and Anne McKinley from the US Securities and Exchange Commission on strategic ways to approach investing to build wealth. Podcast: Protecting Pets May 10, 2022 12:00 pm24 views In episode 39 of Making Cents of Money, Protecting Pets, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss pet insurance and other ways to handle the financial risk of vet bills for our pets with Presley Fee, Digital Financial Planning Program Coordinator at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Podcast: Financial Education and Financial Literacy Jan 14, 2021 12:00 pm23 views Episode 9 of Making Cents of Money, Financial Education and Financial Literacy, reviewed the state of financial literacy in the United States, programs for pre-K through high school students, and resources to help parents and teachers support learning about finances in a variety of ways. Podcast: Taxes Jan 26, 2021 12:00 pm21 views Episode 10 of Making Cents of Money, Taxes, discussed common terms, forms, and considerations for filing taxes in preparation for our Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar, Tackling Taxes, on 1/27. Podcast: Estate Planning Aug 3, 2022 12:00 pm21 views In episode 46 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki explain many tools for estate planning, including wills, transfers, power of attorney, and more. Podcast: Investing Basics Mar 9, 2021 12:00 pm18 views Episode 13 of Making Cents of Money, Investing Basics, covered common terms and concepts related to investing in the stock market in preparation for our Get Savvy: Grow Your Green Stuff webinar, Investing Basics, on 3/10. Podcast: Real Estate May 5, 2021 12:00 pm16 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! Podcast: The Financial Impact of Digital Illiteracy Aug 23, 2023 12:00 pm16 views In episode 68 of Making Cents of Money, The Financial Impact of Digital Illiteracy, Andrea and Nikki explore the financial implications of digital Illiteracy in our digital age. Podcast: Dealing with Emergencies Oct 5, 2022 12:00 pm16 views In episode 49 of Making Cents of Money, Nikki and Andrea talk about dealing with a financial emergency, not just how to plan but how to recover once an emergency happens. Podcast: Fending Off Fraud Nov 19, 2020 12:00 pm15 views Episode 6 of Making Cents of Money, Fending Off Fraud, discusses what you need to know about the different types of fraud scamers use (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to prevent fraud, and what to do if you become a victim. Podcast: Inflation Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm13 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. Expect the Unexpected: Saving For Emergencies Jan 15, 2015 11:00 am12 views Planning for the unexpected can ensure that you are able to weather a financial hardship should you lose your job, have a car repair, or any other unplanned expense. By having savings set aside for emergencies, you decrease the need to rely on credit cards or loans to cover emergency situations. Your college years can be an ideal time to create and build your emergency savings. Podcast: Professional Licensure in Illinois May 19, 2021 12:00 pm12 views Episode 18 of Making Cents of Money, Professional Licensure in Illinois, helps us understand the scope of professional licensing in Illinois across many different industries and some protections in place for consumers. Podcast: Tackling Insurance! (Part 1) Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pm12 views In episode 28 of Making Cents of Money, Tackling Insurance! (Part 1), Deputy Director of Consumer Education & Protection at the Illinois Department of Insurance, Patrice Dziire, talked to us about auto, home, renters, and life insurance. Podcast: Holiday Savings Tips and New Year's Goals Dec 17, 2020 12:00 pm8 views Episode 8 of Making Cents of Money, Holiday Savings Tips and New Year's Goals, explored tips to help prepare for a less stressful holiday season over the coming year as well as ways to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, be it financial or otherwise. Podcast: Tackling Insurance! (Part 2) Nov 3, 2021 12:00 pm6 views In episode 29 of Making Cents of Money, Tackling Insurance! (Part 2), Nikki and Jake talked with Laura Pellikan from the Illinois Department of Insurance about the basics of health insurance and ways you can get covered. Podcast: Farewell, Jake! May 13, 2022 12:00 pm5 views In episode 40 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki bid farewell to long time co-host, Jake, as he transitions off the podcast and on to the next step in his career! Podcast: What's a Credit Report Anyway? Aug 9, 2023 12:00 pm4 views In episode 67 of Making Cents of Money, What's a Credit Report Anyway?, Nikki and Andrea discuss what's in your credit reports and how to get them at AnnualCreditReport.com. Financial Emergency Preparedness - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Mar 30, 2022 1:00 pm2 views Discover tools to help you prepare for dealing with potential financial emergencies by watching this webinar recording from March 30, 2022. Podcast: Password Managers Jul 28, 2023 12:00 pm2 views In episode 66 of Making Cents of Money, Password Managers, we explore what password managers are and how they can be leveraged to protect your important information. Investing Risks & Rewards - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 8, 2023 1:00 pm1 views Discover investing risks & rewards by watching this webinar recording from February 8, 2023. Memes & Money: What are the Facts? - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Jan 25, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Learn about money memes, digital assets, and more by watching this webinar recording from January 25, 2023. How Your Spending Can Change the World - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Mar 29, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Explore how your spending can change the world by watching this webinar recording from March 29, 2023. Health Insurance Dissected - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Apr 12, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Dissect the ins and outs of health insurance by watching this webinar recording from April 12, 2023. Identity Theft & Fraud - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Sep 16, 2021 1:00 pm0 views Find out how to protect yourself from fraud, recognize identity theft, and what to do if you're affected with this webinar recording from September 15, 2021. Planning for the Unforeseen - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Dec 8, 2021 1:00 pm0 views Learn about tools you can use in estate planning, like power of attorney, wills, and more, from this webinar recording from December 8, 2021.