Tips, advice, and the latest news from the savings world.
October 27, 2011
Last weekend, Manny Flores, IDFPR Director - Division of Banking presented 28 graduates at WW Grainger Inc. in Niles, IL with certificates from the department, marking their completion of financial literacy courses provided by Heartland Alliance at no cost. Heartland, a not-for-profit organization, has partnered with the department to provide financial literacy courses which have been certified by IDFPR.
“With our slow growth economy and the budgetary pressures facing families, financial literacy is increasing important,” said Manny Flores, director of banking, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. “Working families need to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the money they earn spend and hopefully save. Illinois Saves is a good alternative to non-bank financial management services.”
IDFPR also used this event to launch its new Illinois Saves website, where individuals can sign up to be Illinois Savers. The website is a helpful tool for those committed to thinking more responsibly in terms of their finances. For more information, or to sign up to be an Illinois Saver visit Illinois-saves.org
Established by Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Saves is a public-private partnership between the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), financial literacy educators, and financial institutions, whose goal is to educate the underbanked and connect them with a no-fee Savings Account. Illinois Saves focuses on financial literacy to empower consumers and implore them to think responsibly and begin saving.
Click here to find a local Saves campaign near you.
October 26, 2011
Don’t spend money on an outfit your child will most likely wear only once! Have fun, get creative, and keep your money in your pocket (and your budget) by using everyday items in your own home to create an unforgettable costume for your child. Search in your closets, and scour through your clothes drawers to find easy help for dressing up your child—on the cheap.
1. Grab your sheets.
Bed sheets can be used for everything from a cape to a toga to a spooky little ghost (thank you, Charlie Brown). Hopefully, there’s an old one hanging around. If not, snatch one from your linen closet (or someone’s bed) for a last-minute save.
2. Dig for scraps.
Fabric scraps or pieces of old clothing can be cut into various shapes and sewn or pinned on overalls to show off the rugged character of a little farmer or scarecrow. Use pinking shears to add fun detail to scraps before attaching to costumes.