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Money Smart Nebraska Week Nov. 8-14

AARP Nebraska is joining together with schools, businesses, banks, non-profits and government agencies to help consumers better manage their finances during the third annual Money Smart Nebraska Week taking place Nov. 8-14.

More than 200 free financial education classes and events will be held across the state during this week. Nebraskans of all ages and walks of life will find topics relevant and interesting to them, from establishing credit or creating a budget to investments and estate planning. Find a complete listing of workshops and events online.

The statewide Money Smart Nebraska effort is coordinated by the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a diverse group of more than 100 Nebraska organizations including AARP who are working together to promote personal financial literacy. The goal of the coalition is to help all Nebraskans – no matter their age – become better educated on how to successfully manage their personal finances.

AARP Nebraska this year is promoting two online resources during Money Smart Week, Lifetuner for young adults and the Free Lunch Monitor Program for investors age 50 and older.

Lifetuner is a non-profit personal finance community sponsored by AARP and brings together sensible, unbiased tips and information from volunteer experts with a vibrant group of peers who share their experiences and learn from each other. The web resource offers tips, tools, articles and real-life stories that can help young adults on their path to strong financial health. The site was created with input from more than 400 young adults who provided feedback and perspectives to help AARP shape the community

“Everyone deserves a fair shot at understanding and mastering the financial fundamentals. Whether it’s learning how to earn more, save more or invest what you’ve got, Lifetuner can help answer questions so people can make smarter decisions sooner,” said AARP Nebraska State Director Connie Benjamin. “AARP knows well the challenges for individuals and families who do not take the steps earlier in life to plan for their future financial security. This is a terrific resource for AARP members to share with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

The Free Lunch Monitor Program is a joint effort between AARP and the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance to protect older investors from being scammed by free meal investment seminars. People who receive free lunch invitations and choose to attend a seminar are encouraged to help monitor the information presented at the event by completing a checklist. Learn more about the Free Lunch Monitor Program and download a checklist.

The financial crisis and economic downturn reinforces the need for financial education for all consumers. Money Smart Week aims to provide the information and support to help make all Nebraskans money smart. View the calendar of events online at MoneySmart Nebraska.

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