Money Smart Week, started 15 years ago by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is designed as a public awareness campaign to help consumers better manage their personal finances. There are Money Smart Week programs in every state. Here in Iowa, more than 200 partner organizations have joined in the fun to promote financial education and to provide learning opportunities. All Money Smart Week programs are free, and strictly educational (no marketing allowed).
ISU Extension and Outreach has been a MSW partner for many years. Educational programs are offered for all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Activities like scout nights, shred events, essay and poster contests, geocache for college cash, piggy banks, books, kites, and chances to win prizes make the learning fun. Educational program topics include establishing a budget, protecting financial information, raising money-smart kids, and more.
Check the website www.MoneySmartWeek.org for more details about activities in your communities. Check your local library for a display as well as programming. Spread the knowledge!