blog posts Behavioral Economics: Five Ways to Shift Your Habits Nov 8, 2023 4:00 pm47 views When considering decision-making in terms of your finances, it’s important to understand behavioral economics so we can develop healthier spending habits and save money along the way. Talking to Family About Money During Holidays Nov 1, 2023 8:00 am12 views As the holidays are coming in, you are probably thinking of the trips, events, food, and gifts that come with it. However, this holiday, you may consider having a conversation with your family about how the pressures of this season can affect your resources (financial or otherwise). Refinancing an International Education Loan in the United States Sep 28, 2023 10:00 am33 views Suhas Vetri Annamalai, SMMC Support Specialist and student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's College of Law, discusses multiple factors to consider when deciding if refinancing your international student loan in the U.S. is the right choice for you. Breaking a Rental Lease in Illinois Sep 1, 2023 5:15 pm159 views Kwabena Sarfo Adjei, SMMC Support Specialist and LLM student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's College of Law, describes how he was able to get out of his rental lease after finding the rental property did not meet his expectations. Podcast: The Financial Impact of Digital Illiteracy Aug 23, 2023 12:00 pm23 views In episode 68 of Making Cents of Money, The Financial Impact of Digital Illiteracy, Andrea and Nikki explore the financial implications of digital Illiteracy in our digital age. 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. Financial Aid Notifications: Cost of Attendance is Estimated Aug 9, 2023 1:30 pm26 views Financial aid notifications, or award letters, contain valuable information that help you understand the costs of college. However, it's important to remember that Cost of Attendance is an estimate. Identifying Expenses: Fixed, Flexible, or Occasional? Aug 7, 2023 1:30 pm63 views If you're looking for a better understanding of how to categorize expenses in your budget or spending plan, explore the differences between fixed, flexible, and occassional costs. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Inflation: When Prices Rise - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Sep 28, 2022 1:00 pm10 views Learn about how inflation impacts individual consumers by watching this webinar recording from September 28 2022. Shrinkflation Sep 19, 2022 4:15 pm344 views As we get ready for our first Get Savvy webinar of fall 2022, Inflation: When Prices Rise, we wanted to share a little bit about shrinkflation - what it is and how to cope with it as a consumer. Podcast: The Community Reinvestment Act Aug 17, 2022 12:00 pm8 views In episode 47 of Making Cents of Money, Chasse Rehwinkel joined Nikki & Andrea to discuss the Community Reinvestment Act and how it is intended to support economic equality. 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! Student Loan Repayment - Get Savvy Webinar Recording May 18, 2022 1:00 pm0 views Learn about managing student loan repayment once it restarts and the limited time PSLF waiver by watching this webinar recording from May 18, 2022. Financial Literacy Around the World Apr 15, 2022 5:45 pm10109 views Financial education influences financial literacy and financial well-being around the world. This article highlights some statistics on financial literacy around the world, financial inclusion as well as financial resilience. 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. Buying vs Renting a Home - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Apr 13, 2022 1:00 pm3 views Explore the differences between renting & buying and what to consider when deciding what's best for your situation by watching this webinar recording from April 13, 2022. 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. 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. 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. Conscious Consumerism - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Nov 11, 2021 1:00 pm0 views Learn how you can align your own behaviors with your personal values and goals with this webinar recording from November 10, 2021. 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: 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! 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. 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! Seasonal Themes: Get More Done with a Mindset Shift Jan 29, 2021 11:00 am463 views Has Your New Year's Resolution Failed? Try a Seasonal Theme! Focus Your Spending with Lists Nov 18, 2020 4:00 pm263 views Lists are helpful for all kinds of things, but how can they help you focus your spending? Overcoming Spending Temptations Nov 16, 2020 3:30 pm464 views Get some idea starters on how to overcome spending temptations, just in time for the shopping season! Setting Goals for Your Well-being Nov 6, 2020 9:00 am3417 views Explore how Maslow's hierarchy of needs and the dimensions of well-being can help you set, prioritize, and manage your SMART goals. Budget Hacks - Get Savvy Webinar Recording Oct 21, 2020 1:00 pm49 views Money can be messy - it's not just about numbers, calculators and excel sheets. If you're looking for new ways to manage your money mess, we have the budget hacks for you! Learn how to take what we know about human behavior and choices to build better financial habits. Podcast: Technology and Your Money Oct 5, 2020 12:00 pm14 views Episode 3 of Making Cents of Money, Technology and Your Money, explores how financial technologies are evolving and what that means for keeping our money safe.