Archive for the ‘Money Management’ Category

Free Money Conference

Conferences on finances and investing are a dime a dozen in the Boston area, but they often charge entrance fees or are led by sales people.  Here’s a conference that will boost your financial expertise with no cost and less bias.

The 2012 Money Conference, sponsored by the State Treasury and the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust Fund, will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“The Money Conference is a FREE one-day event presented by The Office of Massachusetts State Treasury and the Massachusetts Financial Literacy Trust Fund, and in conjunction with local cities and community partners to help households build their financial knowledge and improve their financial behavior through quality financial education.”

This year’s conference is on “Financial Empowerment for Individuals & Families”.

To register or to find more information, go to


Massachusetts Conference for Women

This year’s Massachusetts Conference for Women will be held on Thursday, December 8th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston.

Learn how to manage your money, reinvent your career and network effectively.

“The  Conference features nationally recognized speakers who share their wisdom and expertise on a wide range of personal and professional development topics, helping you find clarity on your goals and what you need to accomplish them.”

A Small Business Boot Camp will be held one day prior on Wednesday, December 7 and will feature Tory Johnson,  Good Morning America workplace contributor and a line-up of small business experts.

This is not a free conference.  Registration information can be found here.

Get a College Degree — But Don’t Overspend on Campus

Most parents focus intensely on the goal of paying for their kid’s college tuition.  That’s very important, but there’s another aspect of college that deserves scrutiny:  training students to avoid money-burners once they get on campus.

A recent article in Forbes Magazine, Ten Things College Students Waste Money On,  points out some of the most common ways to fritter away money at college.

By switching to a “starving student” mentality, a student saves a ton while acquiring money-management skills good for a lifetime.  No more lingering for years at college,  spending thousands of dollars on textbooks, single rooms, and too much fancy entertainment. The article puts a money value on cutting back in ten areas. Examples:  Live in cheaper housing (save $4,500 over the college years); Don’t own a car (save $20,000); Incur no credit card debt (save $4,100); Eat inexpensively (save $2,500).

For more guidance on paying for college, come tomorrow evening (Wednesday, September 21) to our Financial Literacy at the Library Event on College Financing featuring guest speaker Martha Savery from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) to be held at 7 p.m. in Druker Auditorium.  No registration is required.

Calming the Urge to Splurge

Visit Citigroup’s Women & Co. website to learn some great tips on how to direct your splurging needs towards meeting your savings goals.  Suggestions include:

  • Know the current state of your finances
  • Set long-term and short-term goals
  • Understand the difference between a “must-have” and a “nice-to-have”
  • Set aside a little every month to build an emergency fund

For more ideas, see the 10 Step Financial Makeover.

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Financial Planning Event Tonight

A free financial planning seminar is scheduled for tonight, June 7,  from  7:00pm–8:30pm at the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St, Newton, MA 02460.  This event is being sponsored by Discovering What’s Next® and The Freedman Center at MSPP.

Explore six key areas of financial planning, including:
• Your current financial position–budgeting, cash flow, debt management
• Protection Planning–life insurance, disability insurance and long-term care
• Investment Planning
• Income Tax Planning
• Retirement Planning–saving for retirement and managing distributions once in       retirement
• Estate Planning

For registration information, email or call 617-467-5438.

Learn about Money with Suze Orman

Last night was the premiere of the new PBS Series  Suze Orman’s Money Class.

Taped in front of a live audience at the University of Minnesota, financial expert Suze Orman discusses the need to rethink the traditional strategies used to achieve financial goals.

“Orman offers hard-hitting … surprising advice for getting a grip on the most important financial fundamentals: understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of the real estate market, raising financially aware children, borrowing for college and paying off student loans, building a career, saving and investing, planning for retirement, and more”.

The show will be re-broadcast throughout this week.  See excerpts and airing schedule on the WGBH website.  For more viewing options, check all PBS listings here.

Budgeting Workshop

Take advantage of this free financial management workshop offered by Money Management International on Monday evening February 7th from 5-6 pm at the Buttonwood Senior Center in New Bedford.

“Learn how to take control of your financial situation; calculate net worth; create a budget; monitor your progress; manage the flow of income and expenses; comparison shop; and protect your assets. Workbook included.”

For more information, contact David F. Magalhaes at 508-979-1500.

To register for the workshop, sign up here.