Being smart about money isn’t always easy. Staying smart about money can be even more of a challenge. Omaha Public Library and other area organizations are teaming together April 5-12 to present Money Smart Week in Nebraska. Throughout the week, a variety of free classes and events will be offered to help consumers learn to manage their personal finances. All programs are open to the public, but space is limited. Register online at omahalibrary.org, or by calling the branch where you wish to attend.
- Learn About BusinessDecision: BusinessDecision is a powerful web-based software service available through your local library. Use it to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize (such as addresses, ZIP codes, cities, and more).
- Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402.444.4850
- Money Smart Storytime: Play games, look for treasure, and learn about money and counting through stories, songs and rhymes.
- Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m. at Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., 402.444.6284
- Personal Finance Essentials: Learn to make the most of your money with advice from financial education specialist Paula Schulz.
- Monday, April 7, 12 p.m. at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800
- Frugal Fun with Kids: Nicole McDonald of Momsavesmoney.net will provide a list of free or low-cost activities for kids in the Omaha area, and will demonstrate toys and crafts that you can make from paper towel holders, plastic jars, paper plates, bags, and more. This program is best suited for parents of children up to age 10.
- Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. at Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402.444.5299
- Social Security Strategies: Social Security is the foundation of most retirement income plans, yet most people miss out on tens of thousands of dollars in benefits. Joe Elsasser, CFP,® will share how to make the most of your Social Security decision and how to integrate with your other retirement income sources.
- Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge St., 402.444.4852
- Identity Theft: Loretta Mills from Lifetime Financial will discuss how to protect yourself from identity theft and what actions to can take if your identity has been stolen.
- Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402.289.4367
- Estate Planning: Representatives from Lifetime Financial Group will discuss estate planning, assets included in your estate and the types of ownership, how assets are distributed, and the important documents estate plans should include.
- Wednesday, April 9, 1 p.m. at Florence Branch
- Budgeting and Basic Money Matters: Gain control of your finances to create a more secure future. Learn how to create a spending plan and discuss ways to save money on daily needs and entertainment.
- Friday, April 11, 1 p.m. at South Omaha Library
- Using Coupons: Join Nicole McDonald of Momsavesmoney.net to learn about coupons and finding the best deals! Topics of discussion will include using coupons to shop for free, getting organized, and maximizing savings at the grocery store. Beginners and experienced coupon users are welcome.
- Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m. at Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave., 402.884.7473
- Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m. at South Omaha Library
- Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m. at South Omaha Library
- Budgeting, Saving & Social Security: Learn about budgeting, saving and social security with Loretta Mills from Lifetime Financial Group.
- Saturday, April 12, 4 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402.444.4849
Money Smart Nebraska Week is coordinated by the Nebraska Financial Education Coalition, a non-profit coalition created to help Nebraskans of all ages improve their levels of financial literacy. For more information about Money Smart Nebraska Week, visit moneysmartnebraska.org
for more information about these and additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.