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- Published: Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – A lot of people say they look forward to retiring, but many put off the planning and preparation they need to make the most of their retirement years. Some might delay retirement planning because thinking about their options leaves ...
- Published: Thursday, April 5, 2018
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The bell for the April 17 tax return deadline tolls for thee. But don’t panic, says University of Missouri Extension personal financial planning specialist Andrew Zumwalt. Income tax extensions are easy to file and give filers ...
- Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
MARSHALL, Mo. – You’ve got your diploma in hand. Hopefully, you’ll have a paycheck in hand soon. Whether you’re graduating from high school or finishing college and heading into the workforce for the first time, good financial decisions ...
- Published: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Every family has its own unique financial goals. Those goals could be saving for retirement, putting money aside for a college education or buying a house. Whatever your goals, you should seriously consider investing, says a ...
Publication date: Feb. 21, 2012
SamplesDownload these sample files to preview excerpts from the curriculum.Making Money Count Curriculum Sample (PDF)Making Money Count Presentation Sample (PPT)Carole BozworthFamily Financial Education SpecialistSuzanne GellmanFamily Financial ...
Publication date: June 23, 2009
Consumers use credit widely throughout the United States. Many people don't even give much thought as to whether they should use it. The buy-now, pay-later philosophy has become a way of life, and, for many people, has resulted in serious ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2008
Learning how to spend less but still live well takes skill, determination and know-how — but it can be done! Before you buy, ask yourself, "Is there another way to get what we need or want? Can we recycle? Share someone else's? Make rather than ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2001
Money, frequently cited as the biggest source of stress in family life, is often an even more challenging matter for members of stepfamilies. About 50 percent of Americans will live in a stepfamily at some point in their lives, making money ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 1995
Everyone has goals, although we may not think about them. Goals are the things we want, things we try to achieve.Financial goals Short termMeeting your basic living expenses, such as monthly rent and food. Medium termThings you want to buy in the ...
Meet the experts
- Meridith Berry, Ed.D. COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT View Profile
- Andrew Zumwalt ASST EXTENSION PROFESSOR AND ASSOCIATE STATE SPECIALIST FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING View Profile
- Graham McCaulley ASSISTANT EXTENSION PROFESSOR AND STATE SPECIALIST View Profile
- Katie Neuner COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT View Profile