Alicia Nelson-Bell, Empowering Financial Wellness Program Coordinator
Are rising prices bringing your anxiety and fears up with them? Are you experiencing a sense of scarcity and uncertainty about your finances? These feelings can cause people to panic-buy. Panic buying is essentially buying irrational or excessive amounts of goods. People trying to cope with stress and anxiety want to feel like they are in control of something amidst the many things they can’t control. Making household preparations is totally rational and is highly recommended. Anxiously buying in excess, out of a fear, with no plan can really wreak havoc on your budget. Let’s take a look at what causes panic buying and some solutions to combat it.
Andrea Schmutz, USU Extension Assistant Professor
April is simply a glorious month; one that truly offers something for everyone. For those who love the warm sun on their skin, April kindly ushers in sunny days as the cold winter days move on their way. For those who love the beautiful colors and fresh scent of blooming flowers, April encourages new growth and vibrant hues to break through the tail end of winter. And how about those who are looking for ways to improve their personal finances? April brings us Financial Literacy Month with encouragement to engage in various activities that will direct us on our path to financial wellness. April is truly a powerhouse month!
If you’ve been following the 2022 Finance Calendar (free download) you will notice that one of the challenges for April is “celebrate by finding a book, class, podcast, etc. to further your personal finance knowledge.” While that sounds simple enough, sometimes it’s still hard to know where to begin. To help alleviate unnecessary stress, here are a few suggestions for books that cover a myriad of personal finance lessons.
Vincenza Vicari-Bentley, AFC
Empowering Financial Wellness Program Coordinator
If you’ve been following along for bit, you know about the 2022 Finance Calendar available as a free download on our site. This resource breaks down important financial tasks with simple things to do each month to improve financial wellness. (Download Here!) One of March’s tasks is to create (or update) a power of attorney. Click to read more about this important estate planning task.
Alicia Nelson-Bell, EFW Program Coordinator
You asked for it in response to one of our Utah Money Moms’ Instagram story conversations a few weeks ago, and here it is! Three tips for a successful financial vision board. Vision boards aren’t just a collage of pretty pictures. You can bring your financial goals to life by properly using a vision board through the power of visualization. Many experts have talked about the power that envisioning success can have and a financial vision board is an extremely effective tool. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you succeed:
Andrea Schmutz, USU Extension Faculty
Last year, in a post titled “Dr. Seuss and his Delightful Discourses,” I encouraged readers to use Dr. Seuss books as thought provoking motivators or reminders in their efforts to apply financial best practices throughout 2021. To celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday this month, I’ve expounded on a few more of my favorite whimsical, entertaining stories and their relationships to our personal paths to financial wellness.
Dr. Seuss had a gift: he reimagined everyday experiences - like reading, going to sleep, and doing chores - to make them extraordinary. In honor of the good doctor’s birthday, let’s use his writings to help reimagine the everyday world of finance and infuse a much avoided topic with fun reminders and clever connections.
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