blog posts Podcast: World Investor Week Oct 4, 2023 12:00 pm6 views In episode 71 of Making Cents of Money, World Investor Week, Andrea interviews Alan Sorcher and Anne McKinley from the US Securities & Exchange Commission in honor of World Investor Week on ways investors can learn about securities throughout the year. Podcast: The Impact of Compound Interest Sep 20, 2023 12:00 pm3 views In episode 70 of Making Cents of Money, The Impact of Compound Interest, Andrea and Nikki explore the complicated relationship we can have with compound interest when it comes to accomplishing financial goals. Decreasing Borrowing While in School Aug 14, 2023 1:30 pm25 views Student loans can be a valuable tool for increasing access to higher education, but it does come with a cost. Learn how to limit those costs while in school so you decrease future costs of compounding interest. Funding a College Education Aug 11, 2023 1:30 pm21 views Funding your education can be a daunting task, but there are many tools to help students and their families cover the cost of a college education. Podcast: Financial Planner vs AI Jul 12, 2023 12:00 pm11 views In episode 65 of Making Cents of Money, Financial Planner vs AI, we discuss the pros and cons of using Artificial Intelligence language model, ChatGPT, to answer financial planning questions with the help of Donovan Sanchez, CFP®. Banking Locations Near Each University Jun 14, 2023 9:30 am53 views Looking for a financial institution on campus? Explore our Google Map for locations on or close to each campus in the University of Illinois System. Saving Up for a Side Hustle May 12, 2023 1:00 pm28 views To complement our Side Hustles & Small Businesses webinar from last fall, we wanted to share some tips on saving up for starting a small business. How Your Spending Can Change the World - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Mar 29, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Explore how your spending can change the world by watching this webinar recording from March 29, 2023. Tax Filing 101: Forms & Facts You Need to Know Mar 10, 2023 5:00 pm110 views As we get closer to the tax filing deadline for the United States, it is important to knwo the intricacies and important forms for filing taxes. Investing Risks & Rewards - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 8, 2023 1:00 pm1 views Discover investing risks & rewards by watching this webinar recording from February 8, 2023. Memes & Money: What are the Facts? - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Jan 25, 2023 1:00 pm0 views Learn about money memes, digital assets, and more by watching this webinar recording from January 25, 2023. Podcast: Wealth Building as a Balancing Act Jan 19, 2023 12:00 pm11 views In episode 55 of Making Cents of Money, Donovan Sanchez from University of Illinois' Financial Planning program talks about wealth building as a balancing act. Podcast: Financial Resolutions! Dec 14, 2022 12:00 pm21 views In episode 54 of Making Cents of Money, Nikki & Andrea talk about some recent changes in setting new years resolutions and how to make finances part of your goals for 2023. Spend Less, Travel More - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Dec 7, 2022 1:00 pm4 views Learn about how to spend less to travel more by watching this webinar recording from December 7, 2022. Podcast: Revisiting Travel Nov 23, 2022 12:00 pm61 views In episode 53 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea & Nikki discuss a few updates to consider when traveling before re-airing the Time to Travel podcast from July 2021. Gratitude & Personal Finances Nov 18, 2022 3:45 pm80 views There are so many things to be grateful for in this life. As we go into the holiday season, in this article we will discuss about how gratitude impacts our finances. Podcast: Paying for College with Scholarships Nov 18, 2022 12:00 pm77 views In episode 52 of Making Cents of Money, Nikki and Andrea talk to special guest, Kara Holloway, Director of Scholarships at UIC, about paying for college with scholarships. ESG: Investing in Values to Make the World a Better Place Oct 4, 2022 4:30 pm101 views Investing has become more than just seeking financial returns. It can be a means to support organizations, projects, and companies that align with your values. Read on to learn more about ESG and what it means to consumer influence. Podcast: Selling a Home Jul 20, 2022 12:00 pm16 views In episode 45 of Making Cents of Money, Andrea and Nikki discuss many aspects of selling a home so you can make more informed choices when it comes time to sell your own home. Podcast: Shopping for Appliances Jul 8, 2022 12:00 pm12 views In episode 44 of Making Cents of Money, Nikki and Andrea talk about shopping for appliances, and they've focused on times when it may be a surprise shopping need! Podcast: Protecting Pets May 10, 2022 12:00 pm24 views In episode 39 of Making Cents of Money, Protecting Pets, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss pet insurance and other ways to handle the financial risk of vet bills for our pets with Presley Fee, Digital Financial Planning Program Coordinator at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Podcast: Mortgages Apr 14, 2022 12:00 pm21 views In episode 38 of Making Cents of Money, Renting!, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki interview IDFPR's Anti-Predatory Lending Database Director, Kari Beyer, about the ins and outs of mortgages. Podcast: Renting! Mar 30, 2022 12:00 pm14 views In episode 37 of Making Cents of Money, Renting!, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss the basic steps and what to watch for when renting a place to live. Podcast: Buying a Home! Mar 16, 2022 12:00 pm23 views In episode 36 of Making Cents of Money, Buying a Home!, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki explain terminology, tools, and the basics steps of buying a home. Podcast: Employment Feb 23, 2022 12:00 pm18 views In episode 35 of Making Cents of Money, Employment, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki continue the podcast series on economic indicators by discussing metrics related to employment. Money in Relationships - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 9, 2022 1:00 pm2 views Explore methods of communicating and managing money in relationships by watching this webinar recording from February 8, 2022. Podcast: Gross National Happiness Feb 9, 2022 12:00 pm9 views In episode 34 of Making Cents of Money, Gross National Happiness, Jake and Nikki discuss an alternative metric to Gross Domestic Product that some countries use to help monitor the health of their economies called Gross National Happiness. Steps to Investing - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Jan 26, 2022 1:00 pm0 views Learn more advanced concepts to take steps to investing from this webinar recording from January 26, 2022. Podcast: Establishing a Vision for Your Life Jan 20, 2022 12:00 pm29 views In episode 33 of Making Cents of Money, Establishing a Vision for Your Life, Andrea, Nikki, and Jake talk to Donovan Sanchez, CFP and instructor of financial planning at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign about making meaningful money choices that allow you to live life now and make progress towards the future. Podcast: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Dec 22, 2021 12:00 pm17 views In episode 32 of Making Cents of Money, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Andrea, Nikki, and Jake explain Gross Domestic Product as part of an ongoing mini series on economic indicators. Podcast: Financial Security and Stress Dec 8, 2021 12:00 pm47 views In episode 31 of Making Cents of Money, Financial Security and Stress, Andrea, Nikki, and Jake talk about statistics related to both financial security and stress and tips to deal with them. Podcast: Inflation Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm15 views In episode 30 of Making Cents of Money, Inflation, Jake, Nikki, and Andrea discuss what inflation is as one of many metrics to gauge how an economy is doing and how it impacts our spending power as consumers. Podcast: Emergency Funds Sep 16, 2021 12:00 pm25 views In episode 26 of Making Cents of Money, Emergency Funds, Jake, Nikki, and Andrea discuss the value of building emergency funds and a few ways to get started. Podcast: Choosing a Financial Professional Sep 1, 2021 12:00 pm37 views In episode 25 of Making Cents of Money, Choosing a Financial Professional, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki talk to Kathy Sweedler from University of Illinois Extension about type of financial professionals, credentials, and how to choose one that best meets your needs. Leveraging FinTech - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Aug 19, 2021 1:00 pm0 views Learn about new financial technologies as well as considerations and protections that may be helpful in choosing fintech for navigating your financial journey. Podcast: Cryptocurrencies Aug 18, 2021 3:00 pm18 views In episode 24 of Making Cents of Money, Cryptocurrencies, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki talk to Professor Lamont Black from DePaul University about cryptocurrencies, discussing everything from the blockchain technology behind them to their utility in the world of fintech. Podcast: Money Personalities & Financial Well-being Aug 4, 2021 11:00 am40 views In episode 23 of Making Cents of Money, Money Personalities & Financial Well-being, Andrea, Jake, and Nikki discuss several financial personality inventories and the CFPB's financial well-being scale as tools to better understand financial values, habits, and internal feelings around money. Podcast: Buying a Car! Jul 21, 2021 12:00 pm17 views In episode 22 of Making Cents of Money, Buying a Car!, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake explain the true costs of car ownership as well as the terms and tools to know about before you buy your next vehicle. Podcast: Time to Travel! Jul 7, 2021 12:00 pm25 views In episode 21 of Making Cents of Money, Time to Travel!, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake discuss travel aspirations, goals, and tips for planning a trip to help you make your next dream vacation a reality. Travel Planning Templates Jul 6, 2021 3:45 pm84 views Getting excited to travel? You can use these templates to help get your planning started for your next trip! Podcast: Budgeting Jun 17, 2021 12:00 pm67 views In episode 20 of Making Cents of Money, Budgeting, Nikki, Andrea, and Jake cover a few of the most popular budgeting (or spending plan, if you prefer) methods to help you think about building a financial plan. Podcast: Real Estate May 5, 2021 12:00 pm16 views Episode 17 of Making Cents of Money, Real Estate, explains the world of real estate professions and what to consider when hiring professionals to help you buy or manage a home or other real estate property! Creating Your Own Financial Education Plan Apr 19, 2021 4:00 pm38 views Use this guide to identify what modules in the University of Illinois Financial Literacy Badges Program align with your financial education needs and make a learning plan for yourself! Podcast: Conscious Credit Apr 7, 2021 12:00 pm58 views Episode 15 of Making Cents of Money, Conscious Credit, demystifies parts of the credit system in the United States thanks to our guests, Camaya Wallace Bechard, from University of Illinois Extension, and Natalie Daniels, from DePaul University. Practicing Self-Advocacy in Your Financial, Professional and Social Life Mar 29, 2021 4:30 pm216 views Self-advocacy is an important skill to practice, particularly right now. Whether it's getting the resources you need to succeed in school or setting boundaries with your loved ones so you can focus on your own well-being, it's important to communicate with others about your needs, wants, and struggles throughout your life. Podcast: Short-selling Mar 24, 2021 12:00 pm15 views Episode 14 of Making Cents of Money, Short-selling, allowed us to interview Chasse Rehwinkel about the investing method that's become so popular in the media over the past few months. Investing Basics - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Mar 10, 2021 1:00 pm8 views Investing - it's not for the faint of heart, because investing in the stock market involves risk. Knowing and understanding terminology, fees, types of professionals, as well as investment methods can be a whirlwind of terms and confusing concepts. Learn the basics and have a better understanding on how investing works! Save Money on Food - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Feb 24, 2021 1:00 pm1 views At the end of a busy day, when you’re hungry and tired, do you go home knowing you’re all set to prepare a tasty, healthy dinner? Are you happy with how much money you spend on food? Would you like to learn some tricks for eating well for less money? If any of these questions resonate with you, then How to Save on Food is the educational opportunity for you! Podcast: Preparing for Retirement Feb 24, 2021 12:00 pm24 views Episode 12 of Making Cents of Money, Preparing for Retirement, discussed the retirement savings crisis, the different types of retirement plans that exist, and the Secure Choice plan in Illinois. Listen to special guest, Courtney Eccles, from the Illinois Treasurer's Office to learn more about the Secure Choice program for small businesses in Illinois. Podcast: Saving for College with a 529 Savings Plan Feb 10, 2021 12:00 pm62 views Episode 11 of Making Cents of Money, Saving for College with a 529 Savings Plan, explored 529 plans, including how they function, a bit on their history, and how they differ from other savings vehicles. Listen to special guests, Fernando Diaz and John Mitchell, from the Illinois Treasurer's Office to learn more about options in Illinois.