Financial Capability Education



Reliable and trustworthy resources to help you achieve financial well-being.

Financial Resources

Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times
Free, reliable resources to make sound financial choices in five areas:
  • Talking with Family and Managing Stress
  • Creating a Budget
  • The Balancing Act: Cutting Expenses and Increasing Income
  • Keeping Up with Credit and Debt
  • Considering Foreclosure and Bankruptcy

Paying For Your Plan: Budgeting for Health Insurance
Information for those individuals and families who are learning how to adapt to financial changes with health insurance coverage.

A listing of helpful resources when Managing Between Jobs:

Podcast: Drop in Income


College Savings Information

College Savings sheet (English)


Cp;;ege Savings (Spanish)











Money Management Tools

Financial Education and Money Management Helping families achieve financial well-being – keeping pace with day-to-day expenses, reaching financial goals, planning for life’s unexpected events, and securing their financial future.

Money Matters Online Modules Learn about your financial strengths, gain new money management skills and build knowledge you can share with others–your kids, your spouse, friends, co-workers, and more.

Money Smart Newsletters

Issues 1-8  (PDFs)

Setting Goals

Money Smart newsletter: Setting Goals for Your Money


Money Smart newsletter: Spending Your Money

 Tax Time

Money Smart newsletter: Planning for Tax Time


Money Smart newsletter: Saving Your Money

Keeping Money Safe

Money Smart newsletter: Keeping Your Money Safe

Using Credit

Money Smart newsletter: Using Credit Wisely


Money Smart newsletter: Dealing with Debt


Money Smart newletter: Organizing your Finances

Issues A – H (PDFs)

Saving for College

Money Smart Newsletter issue A, Saving for College

When You Need Money

Money Smart Newsletter issue E, When You Need Money

Children & Money

Money Smart Newsletter issue B, Children and Money

Paying for Health Care

Money Smart Newsletter issue F, Paying for Health Care

Mobile Banking

Money Smart Newsletter issue C, Moblile Banking

Rebuilding Credit

Money Smart Newsletter issue G, Rebuilding Your Credit

Health Insurance

Money Smart Newsletter issue D, Health Insurance

Money & Relationships

Money Smart Newsletter Issue H, Money and Relationships


Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10

By law, everybody can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, securing a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date. The credit reporting system is set up so that you are responsible for finding and correcting errors–you must play the role of quality controller for the information in your reports.

Check your credit graphicWe encourage you to mark your calendars on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10 this and every year as a reminder to request a copy of your free report on those days. “2/2, 6/6, 10/10” is meant as a simple way to remember to pull your free credit reports regularly. You may want to provide your email address here to automatically receive reminder emails on those dates.


Three Ways to Obtain Your Free Report

  1. Online: visit
  2. Mail: send this request form to
    Annual Credit Report Request Service
    P.O. Box 105281
    Atlanta GA 30348-5281
    Requests by mail may take 2-3 weeks for delivery
  3. Phone: (887) 322-8228

For more information, visit University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Obtain Your Free Report to learn how to obtain and read your credit report.

Important: You never need to provide a credit card number to obtain your free credit report. Websites that ask for your credit card number may bill you for your report.

EITC Information (Tax Credits)

Low and moderate-income workers in Wisconsin may be eligible for thousands of dollars of additional income at tax time. For many families, the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), together with the state Earned Income Credit, can bring in anywhere from a few dollars to more than $8,000, depending on household income and size. Both credits specifically target employed households, and are intended to supplement earnings from work. Workers can receive the credits even if their incomes are too low to pay any income taxes. See the Earned Income Tax Credit brochure for general guidelines on tax credits for which you may be eligible.

To help eligible households learn about the credits, UW-Extension has developed a website providing detailed information—including information on eligibility and benefits, links to tax forms, and more. The website can be found at

Financial Coaching

New financial education programs, now available for Washington County residents!!

Choose one or both (there is no charge for these programs) —

In-person Group Workshops:
See Family Living Calendar for dates; pre-register by calling 262-335-4479

Online Class with option for Financial Coaching follow up:
Pre-register in advance (for certificate of completion) by calling 262-335-4479

  • Learn about your financial strengths, gain new money management skills, and build knowledge you can share with your kids, your spouse, friends, co-workers, and more with these Money Matters Online Modules
  • In Washington County, Money Matters can be used as a self-study program — or — Follow up with UW-Extension Financial Coaching to earn a certificate of completion. Contact UW-Extension to learn more 262-335-4479 or


Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week Washington County logoMoney Smart – Washington County presents…
The 3rd annual Women’s Conference! Listen to an engaging keynote speaker and choose from a variety of breakout sessions that peak your interest! Classes cover topics ranging from budgeting to estate planning, to identity theft protection, and more!

Date and Time
Sat, April 21, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT

Moraine Park Technical College
2151 North Main Street
West Bend, WI 53090

Keynote: Operation $40k Dannelle Gay is the author of the popular blog Operation $40k that documents her family’s journey to save $40,000 in less than a year! Now, she helps others save where they can, so they can splurge where they want.

Register today online with Eventbrite or download the printable form


Making a Budget Work for You: Reach your financial goals by developing a personal budget. Learn how to customize a budget that will give you back control of your money.

Cutting the Cable: Tired of paying for all those TV channels you never watch? Does your cable bill keep rising? It’s time to cut the cable and start streaming!

Retire Confidently: It doesn’t matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in, planning for your retirement today can help you feel more confident about your future. (CRN202001-224847)

Identity Theft Protection: Learn how you can protect yourself from the growing identity theft epidemic, and actions you can take should you ever become victim.

Virtual Protection: With all these scams out there, how can you know what’s safe? Learn how you can protect yourself in this increasingly technological world.

Extreme Couponing: You know the basics of couponing, but now you can become a pro! Dive into the details with the best coupon clipper around.

The Impact of Healthy Credit: Find out what a credit score can mean to you, how to take care of it, and how to build it back up or maintain a healthy score.

Money Smart Meal Planning: Tired of fast food and frozen pizzas? Learn strategies to get healthy meals on the table quickly without breaking the bank. Sample a meal you can serve in minutes.

Renovating to Sell: Looking to renovate a room with the interest of resale in mind? Take that project head on with methods from an expert.

Register today online with Eventbrite or download the printable form

Family Living Staff

Carol Bralich
Associate Professor
Family Living Educator
Phone: 262-335-4479

UW-Extension Washington County
333 E. Washington Street, Suite 1200
PO Box 2003
West Bend, WI 53095-2003
Fax: 262-335-4863
Relay: “711”

Jen Amenda – Program Assistant

Karen Girard – Program Assistant