Brush up on financial literacy with free virtual series

  • “Living Well Wednesdays” is a free quarterly UF/IFAS Extension program from Northwest Florida family and consumer sciences experts. Each quarter explores a different subject.
  • The next event will cover topics related to personal finances. The three-part series will be presented virtually on Aug. 18, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 a.m. Central.
  • Registration is free but required for Zoom webinar details: ly/LWWhome.

Achieving financial capability – the combination of attitude, knowledge, skills and self-efficacy needed to make and exercise money management decisions – takes time and skill. Thanks to a free virtual workshop from University of Florida experts, learning more about it will not break the bank.

The next series in the free “Living Well Wednesdays” will offer tips related to personal finances, with different subtopics covered during each of the events: Aug. 18, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1. Experts from the UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District will lead the presentations and answer participant questions during the lunch hour, starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 a.m. Central.

“It’s important for people to gain an understanding of how to plan for their financial future, for themselves and for their families,” said Jill Breslawski, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa and Walton counties family and consumer sciences agent and one of the presenters for the upcoming series. Breslawski is also an accredited financial counselor. “Making the change to some new, positive habits can set individuals and families on the path toward a better financial situation, one where they have control over their finances instead of their finances controlling them.”

Registration is required at to access the Zoom information, but one submitted form covers all three free events in the series. Reminders and recordings will also be sent to registered participants.

Aug. 18 | Basics of Financial Literacy

Heidi Copeland, a UF/IFAS Extension Leon County family and consumer sciences agent and accredited financial counselor, will share information for families to build their financial knowledge and skills. Parents and grandparents will not want to miss the discussion on teaching children about money.

Aug. 25 | Tax Season Preparation

Breslawski will present on topics related to personal taxes, including providing details on the Child Tax Credit implemented in 2021.

Sept. 1 | Financial Knowledge and Decision-Making Skills

Laurie Osgood, UF/IFAS Extension family and consumer sciences agent and a coordinator of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) first-time homebuyer education program in Gadsden County, will explain vital financial safeguards. Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and spot scams.

The final “Living Well Wednesday” series later this year will tackle quick and healthy holiday meals. Follow the “Living Well in the Panhandle” Facebook page to be the first to know about those events.


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Posted: August 4, 2021

Category: Events, Money Matters, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Family And Consumer Sciences, Financial Literacy, Heidi Copeland, Jill Breslawski, Laurie Osgood, Money, Personal Finances, Saving Money, UF/IFAS Extension Northwest District

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