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Family Financial Stability

Overview

Understanding your finances can be a difficult endeavor. Resources are available to help navigate through many aspects associated with personal finances.

Resources

CSU Extension has identified many resources to help with your finances:

Financial Resources

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Publications

News

News

  • Have you ordered your free credit report this year?
    There is only one website that is authorized to provide for the free annual credit report consumers are entitled to under law — www.annualcreditreport.com. To order, visit www.annualcreditreport.com, call 1-877-322-8228. Or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.The law allows consumers to order one free copy of their report from each of the three credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) every 12 months. Consumers may order their reports from each of the three credit reporting bureaus at the same time, or they can order their report from each of the bureaus one at a time. It is a good idea to stagger each order every four months to make sure the information is accurate and up to date as well as check for errors.
  • Pay off high-interest debt
    Once you reduce your debts, especially credit card debt, you can start to accumulate wealth. To show you how to pay down your debts faster and save money on interest payments, go to www.powerpay.org This free resource developed by Utah State University Extension gives you comparisons among paying off the highest interest rate debt, shortest term debt, or least balance debt first. You can then make your choice and power pay your way to debt freedom.

Hot Topics

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Grandparents Self Care Blog
Grandparents often report that once they start raising their grandchildren, they do not have time for themselves anymore. Learn more about the blog.
Does My Credit Score Really Matter?
Does My Credit Score Really Matter?
It seems that accessing your credit score is just as confusing and frustrating as it is to check your credit reports. Learn more about credit scores.
Save Your Tax Refund!
Save Your Tax Refund!
SaveYourRefund is an incentive-based promotion that encourages tax filers to save a portion of their refund.  Learn more about saving your tax refund.
Preparing to Care for an Aging Loved One
Preparing to Care for an Aging Loved One
As our nation ages, more of us will inevitably take on a caregiving role for our aging parent(s). Learn more about preparing to care for an aging loved one.
Four Easy Ways To Pump Up Your Savings
Four Easy Ways To Pump Up Your Savings
Growing a fatter savings account doesn’t need to be a pipe dream. Use these ideas to find money to save and build that savings account faster. Learn more about pumping up your savings.

Videos

Finance Videos

Renting

Looking for a place to rent- getting started
Looking for a place to rent- getting started
Video to help find the perfect place to rent. Learn more
leases
Rental Leases
What you need to know when signing a rental lease. Learn more
Moving out of your rental place
Moving out of your rental place
Things to consider when moving out of your rental. Visit now

Small Steps to Health and Wealth

Automate Good Habits and Create Templates
Automate Good Habits and Create Templates
Puting many of your health and wealth pracƟces on a regular schedule is a good way to prevent procrastination by making decisions and taking action once, then allowing automaƟc actions afterwards. Learn more
Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks
Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks
Become familiar with common recommendations for healthy eating, physical activity, and spending habits. Learn more
Consider Outside Influences on Health and Wealth
Consider Outside Influences on Health and Wealth (Audio)
Think about your past experiences with food and money so that you can make a plan to manage these outside influences. Learn more
Compare Yourself with Recommended Benchmarks
Convert Consumption into Labor
Help you learn how consumption can be balanced by labor. Learn more
Get Help and Be Accountable
Get Help and Be Accountable (Audio)
Learn more about health and wealth topics and can provide support and accountability as you strive to make posiƟve behavior changes. Learn more
Live the Power of 10
Live the Power of 10
The number “10” can help you use the “small‐steps approach” to behavior change. It is an easy number to mulƟply, divide, and remember. Learn more
Make Progress Every Day
Make Progress Every Day
Setting realistic and attainable goals can help you to successfully achieve them when you are able to make small steps toward progress  each day. Learn more
Say “No” to Super-Sizing
Say “No” to Super-Sizing
Helps you understand the hazards associated with super‐sized eating and super‐sized spending. Learn more
Set a Date and Get Started – Just Do It!
Set a Date and Get Started – Just Do It! (Audio)
Good lifetime habits in health and wealth can help you achieve a longer life with the assets you need to achieve your goals. Learn more
Step Down/Step Up to Change
Step Down/Step Up to Change
Help you discover small steps down or up that you are willing to take to improve your health and/or your wealth. Learn more
Track Your Current Behavior
Track Your Current Behavior
Help you become more aware of how much you eat, move, and spend throughout a typical day. Learn more
Think Balance-Not Sacrifice
Think Balance-Not Sacrifice
Helps you learn ways to balance intake and outgo associated with both human energy and money. Learn more
Use Easy Frames of Reference
Use Easy Frames of Reference
Learn simple and easy strategies to personalize and translate health and wealth frames of reference for positive behavior changes. Learn more