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6 Tools to boost your financial literacy

April is Financial Literacy Month. 

This is great timing, considering that 64% of Americans are especially stressed about money now, according to one report.

Put simply, financial literacy is understanding the topic of money. It’s knowing what tools are available, how you handle money, how to create smart money habits, and how to deal with setbacks. Learning more about money may raise your confidence and help you make better money choices. 

If you feel less-than-confident about money, now is a great time to focus on your financial literacy.

Here are several tools and resources to help you boost your money I.Q.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

This organization includes 51 state coalitions dedicated to youth financial literacy. Check your state to see what events and offerings are happening this month.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

The NFCC offers resources to help you at any stage of your financial life. Chat with a counselor to learn more about debt management, preventing foreclosure, getting through bankruptcy, and writing up a budget. They also offer online budget, credit card payment, and savings calculators. For a full list of NFCC offerings, click here.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Financial Literacy Update Newsletter

Sign up for the OCC’s bimonthly e-newsletter to learn about upcoming events and initiatives about financial literacy. Find the latest edition here

Money Smart Week

This online event runs from April 10-17, 2021. It features live online events that are all about personal finance topics. Learn about savings and banking, managing student loans, and protecting yourself against fraud. Read more here.

Council for Economic Education (CEE)

The CEE provides many resources for teachers and students for Financial Literacy Month. From webinars to lesson plans (accessible via social media), there are plenty of options to choose from. 

GreenPath Financial Wellness

This financial education organization offers counseling, articles, webinars, and classes. Learn about saving and budgeting, planning for retirement, improving your credit, and more. For a full list of resources, check here.

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