Next week is Money Smart Week, which runs from April 21st to the 28th. This special week, which was created in 2001 by a group of organizations in Chicago that would go around helping the community improve their financial literacy, is meant to promote better money management skills for consumers of all age groups nationwide by providing free financial educational classes and programs. Here in Pasco County, the New Port Richey Library is celebrating Money Smart Week from April 23-28 by offering various classes on finances and money-related matters for free (see the link to their calendar of events (http://www.nprlibrary.org/calendar.html).
University of Florida/IFAS Extension Pasco County partnered with the New Port Richey library to present two classes this year. Even if you think you’re already “money smart,” you might still enjoy the presentations and learn a thing or two! On Tuesday, April 24th, from 12pm to 1pm, there will be a presentation by the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent about food preservation. Does canning really save you money? What about other food preservation methods? And is there a way to preserve food and make a business out of it? Learn all about this during Tuesday’s class! And don’t forget that Tuesday is also the Tasty Tuesday farmers market, so come a little earlier (10am to 12pm) to do some shopping before the presentation.
And on Wednesday, April 25th, from 1pm to 2pm, one of the program assistants from the Family Nutrition Program will talk about how to plan healthy meals while on a budget. Learn how easy it can be to save money on your grocery budget while shopping for healthy meals to feed yourself and your family.
The New Port Richey library is located at 5939 Main Street, New Port Richey, FL 34652.
To learn more about Money Smart Week, please go to www.moneysmartweek.org.