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New Year, New You: Financial Literacy Workshops

by on January 3, 2013

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Now that your New Year’s resolutions have been made, it’s time to put them into practice.  Most people have a financial resolution or two, whether it is budgeting, paying down your student loans or saving up for a new car.

So how can you get started on your plans for 2013?  Free financial literacy workshops are offered by many non-profits and credit unions.  NerdWallet has compiled this list of the best free financial literacy workshops for the new year.  If you don’t live near these stellar institutions, don’t worry. Credit unions and non-profits are sure to offer something in your area.

West Coast

California: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County

A financial literacy non-profit, CCCS offers a wide variety of financial workshops, covering banking, homebuying, grocery shopping and marriage.  The non-profit even has workshops in Spanish.

California: Star One Credit Union

Star One Credit Union is offering no less than 12 workshops on everything from financing college to starting an IRA.  These 90-minute workshops provide comprehensive guidance to your personal finances.

New England

Massachusetts: American Credit Counseling Service

AACS is holding a 90-minute workshop on how to become debt-free in the new year.  Through debt elimination strategies and budgeting, attendees can start 2013 on the right track.

Virginia: BayPort Credit Union

BayPort Credit Union offers three classes covering the basics: Debt-Free and Money for Me, Build a Strong Credit Report and Build a Basic Budget.  Each class consists of two 2-hour sessions.  These detailed classes are a perfect starter to financial literacy for 2013.


North Carolina: Compass Center for Women and Family

Compass Center offers financial literacy classes in an ongoing series held on the second Thursday of each month.  From credit to identity theft to job loss, this series covers all your financial literacy needs, and the classes are particularly helpful for those with families, as family finance is a closely covered topic.

Texas: Cornerstone Financial Education

Cornerstone Financial Education is offering a variety of classes on debt, homebuying and credit.   In addition to these purely financial topics, the non-profit offers classes on energy efficiency as well and its impact on your wallet.  Cornerstone also runs a webinar series with Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.


Minnesota: Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hannepin

CAPSH is offering two four-hour workshops on budgeting, debt, credit and fraud. In additional to invaluable knowledge, participants receive a $25 Visa check card and a $50 U.S. savings bond.

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