Healthy Planet 2010: Financial management

February 4, 2010

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From purchasing a house to planning for retirement to buying groceries, decisions about money enter our lives every day. Information to help faculty and staff manage their daily money management to long-term financial planning are available at Purdue.

Purdue Saves Week
On Feb. 22- 26, Purdue will hold activities to celebrate and promote Purdue Saves Week, in conjunction with America Saves Week, which provides guidance on the hows and whys of saving money. The week features presentations aimed at helping employees save for different situations, such as buying a home or getting out of debt.

CIGNA Financial Services
CIGNA Financial Services offers consulting services to all Purdue faculty and staff. Employees may call for a free in-depth financial needs analysis from a qualified specialist. The vast majority of issues can be resolved within the initial 30-minute call, but additional telephonic support is available when necessary. Employees also can receive advice on a wide range of topics: tax planning, debt counseling, retirement planning, home refinancing. Call (800) 767-7141 and select the second option.

Money Smart Week
On Oct. 18-22, Purdue will participate in Money Smart Week, an awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This is achieved through the collaboration and coordinated effort of hundreds of organizations across the state and Midwest including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers where they can get help, and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week.

WorkLife Programs will offer programming on credit scores, money personalities, talking through tough times, identity theft and financial planning.

Purdue Extension
* Purdue Extension has launched the Money on Your Mind Web site as a way to provide resources on a number of financial topics. Topics include retirement planning, financing children's education, managing debt, identity theft and fraud prevention, personal finances, stretching dollars, and mortgage concerns. Though the site won't give advice specific to an individual's financial situation, people can submit general financial questions to Extension specialists via the "Ask an Expert" submission box on the front page.

In addition, the site directs consumers to their local Purdue Extension offices, where they can find access to additional financial resources.

* Purdue Extension Consumer and Family Sciences provides information focusing on personal financial management on its Web site. Topics include meeting daily financial needs, achieving long-term financial goals, and avoiding financial scams and frauds. The site offers a list of nutrition programs offered throughout the state, downloadable publications, multimedia presentations, and other Web resources.

Healthy Planet programs
Healthy Planet 2010 is offering programs on topics such as retirement planning, understanding attitudes about money, and college financial aid. A full list of today's activities is available here.