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URBANA, IL. – Whether the past year has brought unplanned financial challenges or unexpected financial opportunities, now is a good time to make changes. 

Let’s Talk Money is a free, online webinar series from University of Illinois Extension that can help individuals and families, no matter where they are with money, gain a better understanding of basic financial topics and improve their financial situation. 

“Webinar participants this past summer learned that small changes can make a big difference,” says Kathy Sweedler, consumer economics educator at Illinois Extension. “Most importantly, participants realized they did not have to be afraid of their financial situation." 

Sweedler says feedback from the previous series was so positive that she and her team decided to launch it again to help more people make a difference with their money. 

The 8-week series helps consumers turn tough financial topics into more simple conversations. Participants will learn strategies to help them understand spending habits, manage debt responsibly, understand credit scores, and save money for retirement and other important life events. 

Register at go.illinois.edu/TalkMoney for one or more sessions held on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (CT). 

Weekly topics include: 

• Who are You with Money? (Feb. 2)

• How Much is Too Much Debt (Feb. 9)

• Fair Access to Credit (Feb. 16)

• Debt Repayment Strategies (Feb. 23)

• Credit Scores Revealed (March 2)

• Secrets for Financial Success (March 9)

• Framing Biases, Overcoming Hurdles (March 16)

• Make Your Savings Grow (March 23)

Details about accessing the webinars will be provided after registration. If you have questions about the series, or to request a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact program organizer Kathy Sweedler at sweedler@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow enough time for meeting your needs. 

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