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Where Does All My Money Go?

Ever get frustrated that you never seem to get ahead? Are you and your family constantly arguing about money? Do you ever wonder where your money went last month? Do you have trouble saving money? Want to work on paying down your debt but don't know where to find the money? This course will teach you the very basics of how to get control of your finances rather than letting them control you. It is the help you need before learning about investing, debt elimination, retirement or college planning. There aren't many places that you can go to learn these principles, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn online.

Start to make conscious decisions about spending and saving. Find out where your money goes. Make your own informed choices about where you want it to go. Learn how to fund your dreams and how to save money for everything from emergencies to vacations. If you have ever felt lost about where to start working on your finances, this course is for you. You can't afford not to take this course and change your habits. This course is an investment in your future and you will save the cost of the course many times over by applying what you learn.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Where Does All My Money Go?

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Course Code: wdm

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the reasons you should plan ahead for your lifestyle
  • Identify where you are and where you want to go
  • Learn how to set up a record keeping system
  • Understand how to balance a checkbook
  • Discover how to deal with debt
  • Draft a spending and bill paying plan
  • Learn the envelope system
  • Discover how to deal with temptations that get you off track
  • Explore saving and investing
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Take control of your finances by learning to pay down debt, live within your means, and even start saving
  • Gain better relationships with your family and friends once you’re not as stressed about money
  • Learn how to fund your dreams and how to save money for everything from emergencies to vacations

Outline

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Week 1

Discover where all your money goes each month, and learn to change your mindset toward saving as you start to take control of your own money. You’ll begin the work of tracking your money by learning how to create a Net Worth Statement. You’ll also spend some time setting goals and writing a financial wish list.

Week 2

Discuss various banking topics like ATM transactions and debit cards, and how to choose the best bank account for you. Then, you'll learn how to balance your checkbook and how this task affects all of your money issues. You'll also take a look at keeping track of your credit card statements.

Week 3

Understand how to know if you're in debt trouble, and compile your own personal debt list. Then, you'll work on prioritizing your debt so you know what to pay off first. You’ll also look at your spending habits and where you’ve been spending your money.

Week 4

Learn how a Spending Plan works, and create one using your Historical Costs Worksheet as a base. Then compare your figures with standard guideline percentages to see where your Spending Plan might be off. You’ll also create a Bill Paying Plan and discuss a spending allowance for yourself.

Week 5

Go to the heart of how to really use your Spending Plan with the Envelope System and learn why this system is superior to other methods of budgeting.

Week 6

Discuss some temptations to overspending, including your personal spending weaknesses, keeping up with the Jones, housing and transportation issues, and teaching kids about money. Finally, look at why and how to save, and how to best use your savings account. You’ll explore stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement accounts, and saving for college. And you'll review your Wish List now that you've learned how to better handle your money.

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Instructors & Support

Susan Price-Batting

Susan Price-Batting is the money manager of her husband's business, and she co-manages the money side of her family's 30+ year old mail order business. She created, ran and later sold her own successful mail order business. She put herself through graduate school without taking out any loans and is also a graduate of the H&R Block Tax Class. Susan has lived virtually debt free for her entire life and brings her practices for day to day money management to those who need guidance. Her expertise with managing money started long ago when she had the good fortune to learn good basic money principles from her parents around the dinner table. Because of her first-hand knowledge of how to live within one's income, her knowledge of how to run a successful business, and her ability to teach, Susan is constantly asked by others to help them get their financial lives in order. Now she counsels others individually in money management and wrote this course to help even more people learn to get control of their money. Susan has been called the Budget Lady, and is a born teacher. She teaches by example, and will help you understand not only how to get control over your money, but why you'll want to.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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