Brush up on skills during Money Smart Week

Farm Forum

South Dakotans are encouraged to brush up on money management skills during Money Smart Week April 21-28. You try to be physically healthy. Watch what you eat and exercise. But are you doing the right things to be financially healthy too?

There has never been a better time to enhance your personal money management skills. Plenty of information exists, but many consumers don’t know where to turn or who to believe. Money Smart Week points them in the right direction, offering education without the pressure of product sales pitches. Since 2002, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has sponsored Money Smart Week. We hope consumers of all ages, including children, will take part.

South Dakota Extension is one of the non-biased places where lots of educational information exists. They now have a website called iGrow where information is available on 4-H, livestock, agronomy, healthy families, community development and gardens. The financial information is found at under the Healthy Families tab and then click Family & Personal Finance.

There is a Cooperative Extension System site at which is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the best land-grant universities. They connect knowledge to consumers with knowledge providers – experts who know their subject matter inside out.

To find money on savings go to for information on what to save for, how to save, and savings tips. Saving is one of the most important things you can learn in life. Just put your mind to it, and before you know it, you are on your way to making your dreams a reality.

Spending money is easy, but spending it wisely is another thing altogether. Check out the resources on how to budget along with wise shopping tips at

Smart About Money (SAM) (http:// is one of the many programs of the National Endowment for Financial Education¨. NEFE¨ is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make positive and sound decisions to reach their financial goals. They are your partners in financial fitness and long-term wealth. It’s a free, unbiased resource where you can find articles, calculators and tips to help you manage your money through life’s ups and downs.

Clearly, Americans are struggling with understanding and managing money. Yet it’s a trend that can be reversed. If you feel that you need to better control money, getting started is easier than you think. We must learn to invest in ourselves. After all, aren’t we worth it? Take control of your finances and check these websites out today!