Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

2017 Fall Money Smart Week

Monroe County Money Smart Week Fall 2017: Oct. 23 - 27  

According to a recent study by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), 65% of Hoosiers lack the fundamental level of financial knowledge they need to make careful decisions about their finances. To help increase these skills, the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana and United Way are joining together again to sponsor Monroe County Money Smart Week.

 Download the flyer here 

Money Smart Week starts on October 23. The week raises awareness of local financial stability resources and helps people improve their money management skills. These local Money Smart Week activities expand on the nationwide campaign held each year to help consumers strengthen their personal finances.

Money Smart Week events address important topics for people at any stage of life and financial means. Whether looking for a better job or ways to stretch budgets further, this week full of events is sure to have something for everyone.

Due to recent breaches, including at Equifax, Money Smart Week will host several events that focus on protecting identity and monitoring credit. Volunteers will be available to show attendees how to access and understand their free annual credit report and answer credit questions. “Get Credit Smart” events will be hosted at the Monroe County Public Library in both Bloomington (October 25, 12-3pm) and in Ellettsville (October 26, 10am-1pm). Community members are invited to drop in anytime during these hours and get one-on-one help reviewing their credit report. 


 Do you have your health care plan for 2018? Enroll Nov. 1 -Dec 15, 2017. 

All events are free and open to the public; no registration required.

Prepare for your Dream Job, Today! 
Monday, Oct 23, 10 - 11am
Boys & Girls Clubs, Crestmont Center: 1111 W. 12th St., ­­­ Bloomington

Ready for a better job, higher pay, and a more rewarding career, but not sure where to start? Participants will learn how to identify their passions and create a plan to get started working towards their dream job, today.


Shop & Cook Healthy Food on a Budget
Tuesday, Oct 24, 6 - 8pm
Banneker Community Center Kitchen: 930 W. 7th St., Bloomington

Can a family enjoy delicious, healthy food on $4 a day? Good news - it can be done! Learn how to get the most nutritional bang for a buck with experts at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. Participants will receive a FREE copy of the cookbook Good and Cheap, and enter a raffle to win gift cards for free groceries!


Save Money on Energy Bills!
Tuesday, Oct 24, 1pm
City of Bloomington Utilities Building: 600 E. Miller Dr., Bloomington

Receive the most up-to-date information on energy usage and savings from South Central Community Action Program’s Energy Assistance Program caseworkers. Participants interested in submitting an application for the Energy Assistance Program should bring their completed Energy Assistance Mail-in Application to the event.
Call (812) 339-3447 for more information.


Credit Topics: Slash Your Debt/ Protect Your Identity
Wednesday, Oct 25, 11am - 12pm
City Hall Council Chambers: 401 N. Morton St., Bloomington

This session will share strategies for slashing debt. Participants will also discuss important steps for protecting their identity - something everyone needs to think about in light of recent online breaches.


Get Credit Smart!
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12 - 3pm
Monroe County Public Library Main branch: Room 2A, 303 E Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Thursday, Oct. 26, 10am - 1pm
Ellettsville branch: 600 W Temperance St., Ellettsville

Drop by and friendly, knowledgeable volunteers can help participants access their free annual credit report and answer credit questions. Gather advice and resources about understanding credit reports, disputing errors, and building and protecting credit. Get Credit Smart now!


Basic Estate Planning
Thursday, Oct 26, 1 - 2pm
Endwright Center, Area 10 Agency on Aging: 631 Edgewood Dr., Ellettsville

No one likes to think about it, but putting together a plan for end-of-life finances can give loved ones peace of mind. Understanding the basic concepts and vocabulary of estate planning can help produce an estate plan that ensures wishes are known and followed.


Money & Emotions / Wants vs. Needs
Friday, Oct. 27, 9 - 10am
Purdue Extension Office: 3400 S. Walnut St., Bloomington

Don’t let emotions dictate spending habits! Learn more about the psychology of money and determining wants versus needs in this fun and insightful workshop.


Money Smart Week programs will help individuals learn more about money and how to manage it, with opportunities to learn how to shop and cook on a budget, reduce utility bills through home winterization, monitor credit, plan for end-of-life changes, and more. Be sure to take this opportunity to learn to better manage your money now and plan for a financially stable future.

Monroe County Money Smart Week is a partnership between the Financial Stability Alliance for South Central Indiana and United Way.


Do you want to strengthen earnings in our community?

Please consider donating to the United Way Earnings Priority Fund. This fund helps hard working individuals and families get ahead by increasing their job skills and income potential, providing financial education, and building economic stability and independence.

Want to learn more about the other building blocks for a good life? Visit Education and Essentials to see how we are making an impact.

  • Born Learning
  • Financial Stability Alliance
  • Monroe Smart Start
  • Familywize Discount Prescription Card
  • Bank On Bloomington