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Making Cents of Money
Making Cents of Money
Podcast by Making Cents of Money
Feb 24, 2021
Episode 12: Preparing for Retirement
For many, saving for retirement can be daunting. In fact, according to the Federal Reserve, a quarter of Americans don’t have any retirement savings. However, saving for retirement can be much simpler than you would think and in Illinois, Secure Choice is an excellent way to get started. On this episode of Making Cents of Money, Courtney Eccles from the Illinois Treasurer’s office joins us to break down the retirement crisis in America and how Illinoisans can start saving with Secure Choice. Learn more about Secure Choice here: https://www.ilsecurechoice.com/
1 hr 11 min
Feb 10, 2021
Episode 11: Saving for College with a 529 Savings Plan
Does saving for your children's college have you worried? In this episode of Making Cents of Money, we introduce you to 529 plans: how they work, how they differ from other types of saving accounts, what options are available in Illinois, and how you can use the money without incurring penalties. Featuring two special guests from the Illinois Treasurer's Office: Fernando Diaz, Chief Financial Product Officer John Mitchell, Director of College Savings Additional resources mentioned in the episode: -Sign up for Bright Start: brightstart.com -Sign up for Bright Directions: brightdirections.com -You may also sign up by calling (877) 432-7444 between 7 am and 7 pm on Monday through Friday Bright Start on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightStart529/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrightStart529
1 hr 11 min
Jan 26, 2021
Episode 10: Taxes!
Tax season is here! Do you have questions about your taxes? What are exemptions and deductions, where can I file, and how do stimulus payments effect your taxes? We cover all of that in this episode of Making Cents of Money, check it out! Links Referenced in the show: Taxes Webinar: https://go.uillinois.edu/getsavvywebinars IRS Free File: https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free Info on VITA & TCE Programs via IRS: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers United Way’s MyFreeTaxes: https://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/unitedway Ladder Up: https://www.goladderup.org/our-services/tax-assistance/ Get Your Stimulus Check (IL): https://getmypaymentil.org/
Jan 14, 2021
Episode 9: Financial Education and Financial Literacy
Financial education is essential for our children & their future. On this episode, we discuss financial literacy in the US & programs for ages pre-K through high school. Teachers, school administrators, and parents, this episode is especially for you! Resources discussed in the episode: Economic Awareness Council - https://www.econcouncil.org/ Check you stimulus check status - https://getmypaymentil.org/ On the Money Magazine - https://www.otmonline.org/ Money Minded Illinois - https://illinoistreasurer.gov/Financial_Education/Overview
1 hr 8 min
Dec 17, 2020
Episode 8: Holiday Savings Tips and New Year's Goals
Holiday spending have you stressed out? Check out this week’s episode of Making Cents of Money to hear all about some holiday savings tips and tricks and basic financial goal setting for the New Year. Happy Holidays!
Dec 3, 2020
Episode 7: The Anti-Predatory Lending Database
This week on the podcast we discuss predatory lending and the Anti-Predatory Lending Database. Our special guest, Katie Liss from IDFPR Division of Banking, breaks down everything you need to know about predatory lending in mortgages and how the APLD helps to mitigate some of these predatory practices. Make sure you check it out so you know how to protect yourself from predatory lending practices!
Nov 19, 2020
Episode 6: Fending off Fraud
This week is International Fraud Awareness Week, so we're breaking down what you need to know about fraud. In this episode, we break down what fraud is, the different types scammers might try to pull on you (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic), how to prevent it, and what to do if you do become a victim.
Nov 10, 2020
Episode 5: Understanding Credit
You hear the terms all the time: credit score, credit history, credit report. But what does each mean for you? In this episode, we break down each while also taking a look at the benefits of building and managing good credit – and what you can do if you need to rebuild yours. Links referenced in this episode: -Check your credit report free once a year: annualcreditreport.com -Signup for the Conscious Credit webinar on November 11: https://extension.illinois.edu/events/2020-11-11-get-savvy-conscious-credit
Oct 22, 2020
Episode 4: Preventing Identity Theft
Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, with millions of cases now being reported each year. In this episode of Making Cents of Money, we introduce you to some of the most common types and steps you can take to avoid falling victim. Links referenced in the podcast may be found below: FTC’s Identity Theft Recovery Steps: https://www.identitytheft.gov/ FTC data Report: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-2019/consumer_sentinel_network_data_book_2019.pdf
Oct 5, 2020
Episode 3: Technology and Your Money
As new technologies develop, so do new ways to manage your money. Learn more about the different financial technologies ("Fintech") available to you, security methods and tips to keep your money safe, and warning signs to keep an eye out for.
1 hr 25 min
Sep 23, 2020
Episode 2: Banked or Unbanked – Choosing Financial Services for You
Why are savings and checking accounts important? What does it mean to be “unbanked” or “underbanked,” and how can it affect you? Join us to find out everything you need to know about Banks and Credit Unions in this episode! Our guests this episode are Illinois' Director of Banking Chasse Rehwinkel and Director of Financial Institutions Francisco Menchaca
Aug 31, 2020
Episode 1: Introductions!
Looking for something new to listen to? Check out this new podcast, Making Cents of Money! Brought to you by IDFPR and the University of Illinois System, we'll discuss financial topics twice a month in a fun, easy to understand, fun format.