It seems like April is an important month in terms of awareness. National Library Week is in April. April is also Autism Awareness Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Garden Month, and I just found out that it’s Financial Literacy Month, too.
Financial literacy is something that can be fairly intimidating. I’ve always felt like other people, meaning “people who have a lot of money,” were the ones who held some kind of magic key to money management, and that it was beyond my understanding. As I’m getting older, and hopefully a little wiser, I realize that it’s important and completely possible for people on all income levels to be financially literate. It may even be more important for those of us whose paychecks seem to be stretched tightly.
The State Library of Kansas, in partnership with Money Management International, has developed a a 30-step plan to financial wellness that is available for free on their website http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/
The site also offers free ebooks, downloads, and tools to help you learn to manage your finances. We have a number of helpful resources available for checkout right here at here at the Manhattan Public Library, too. You’ll find a list of items in our catalog here http://catalog.manhattan.lib.ks.us/polaris/view.aspx?keyword=finance,personal
I plan to explore the 30 steps, and I hope it brings me more understanding of my financial options, as well as my responsibilities.