UW-Extension: Check your FREE credit report to build financial security

Month after month, incorrect information on credit reports is among the top consumer complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau https://www.consumerfinance.gov/  Complaints frequently revolve around the age of the debt listed on a credit report, or debt that doesn’t belong to the individual. Other issues include delays in updating and correcting inaccurate records. Because credit […]

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Wisconsin celebrates Money Smart Week April 22-29

When you stop and think about it, most of us have at least one financial goal. For some, it may be saving for a house or college. Others may be focused on paying down debt and boosting their credit score. And some people may want to learn more about sticking to a budget. There’s no […]

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Reality Check Financial Education Experience 2017

     In 2017, University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Reality Check Financial Education Experience welcomed Independence School District along with Alma, Cochrane-Fountain City, Mondovi, Durand, Pepin, Elmwood, Plum City and River Valley. The learning event included nearly 350 students, over 120 adult volunteers from local communities and 26 student Reality Check Ambassadors, who took a leadership role […]

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Do you know that couples who play together are more likely to stay together?  Most couples report that their relationships feel happier when they make time to play and have fun.  Too often, fun is the first thing to fall by the wayside when folks are stressed and life demands pile up.  This is especially […]

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Tax credits a help to state’s working families

Many low- and moderate-income working families in Wisconsin may qualify for thousands of dollars in tax credits at tax time. Together, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the state Earned Income Credit can provide anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income, marital status, and number of children […]

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Planning for Tax Time

As you probably know, almost everyone with an income needs to file a tax return. You may be dreading tax time because you’re afraid that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the state. But, it’s just as likely that you’ll be getting a refund! One benefit of filing taxes is that […]

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Communicating with Adult Children After They Leave Home: Striking a Healthy Balance

Leaving home doesn’t mean leaving behind regular communication between young adult children and their parents. According to educators from the University of Wisconsin-Extension, studies show that even after a child leaves home for life on their own, a high level of communication continues between parents and their young adult children. “College students typically communicate with […]

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Turn up the heat with pressure to properly can meats

Fall is a time when many families find themselves with beef, venison, turkey or chicken that they wish to preserve. Canned meats add to making simple and delicious meals. “Foods that are naturally low in acid, such as meat and vegetables, must be pressure-canned to ensure safety,” says Barbara Ingham, food science specialist with the […]

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