April is Financial Literacy Month
April has been recognized in the United States as National Financial Literacy Month. It is an ongoing effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.
The National Endowment for Financial Education started Youth Financial Literacy Day in 2000 and shifted ownership to the Jump$tart Coalition so that the event would not promote a singular organization, but focus on financial literacy as a whole. After taking it over, JumpStart Coalition and partners turned the day dedicated to financial literacy into a month.
In 2003, the United States Senate officially named April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. The following year the Senate passed Resolution 316 that named April as National Financial Literacy Month. Since then, April has been dedicated by hundreds of thousands as a month to promoted financial health to all Americans.
To be financially literate one has an understanding of how to maintain and manage budgeting, 401(k), emergency cost, and debt. According to the National Financial Educators Council, the definition of Financial Literacy is:
“Possessing the skills and knowledge on financial matters to confidently take effective action that best fulfills an individual’s personal, family and global community goals.”
Financial literacy will open doors of opportunity for all who gain the skills and knowledge needed.
To help you effectively manage your personal finances, Neighborhood Credit Union offers our members Money Management. Found within Online Banking and our MyNCU Mobile app, Money Management allows you to connect and view your internal and external accounts, investments, car loans, mortgages, and more. Here are a few things you can expect to see when using Money Management:
- Access your and external account types like checking, savings, and credit cards. You can see all your finances in one place.
- View spending trends over time. It displays up to 12 months of spending by category, along with overall income. This comparison can help a user quickly determine if they are living within their means.
- The Debts tab is a powerful tool that allows you to see all of your debts in one place, create an expedited payoff plan, and calculate the time and money to be saved by using the snowball method.
- A categorized easy to follow list of your of your transactions to help you understand your historical spending and predict future spending. It allows you to easily identify and add recurring bills and payments, as well as one-time or annual payments such as property tax. It helps you see the impact of upcoming payments and plan ahead.
- Notifications can help you stay on track by keeping you notified of important events in your finances.
We also offer a multitude of information that you can find in our Financial Education Center, EverFi. EverFi is a program that will get you started and equip you with the critical knowledge and skills you need to make the financial decisions that are best for you. Use EverFi to learn:
- Benefits of a Credit Union
- Learn a crash course in how Credit Union works and how they can help you reach your financial needs.
- Build Emergency Savings
- Gain helpful insight on how to start healthy money saving habits to help you build for the unknown.
- Identity protection
- Discover tricks scammers will use and how to protect yourself.
Buying A Home
- Thinking about Homeownership?
- Learn the benefits of owning a home.
- Budget Tools
- Use the monthly budget tool to understand your fixed and flexible expenses and areas you could save more.
- Credit Scores and Reports
- Cover why your credit score matters, how to protect it, and why a credit report is important to the home buying process.
GreenPath Financial Wellness
We are also proud partners of the nonprofit, GreenPath Financial Wellness. Their mission is to help you reach your financial dreams, whether it be buying a home, going back to school, or ensuring your financial security in unexpected times like we are experiencing now. GreenPath offers all the resources and counseling you need to achieve your financial confidence.
Another part of financial literacy is choosing the best financial institutions for your needs, and that includes understanding if and how your money is federally insured, whether by the NCUA at a credit union or the FDIC at a bank. The NCUA and FDIC has partnered together to offer a free webinar on Thursday, April 16th to learn more about how your money is safe at a federally insured financial institution. Click here to register.
Finally, we provide free financial literacy classes around the community throughout the year. Covering topics from credit scores to retirement. You can find most of our events with dates and class details on our Facebook page.
It is vitally important to us as a credit union that our members and those within our community are confident with the financial decisions they make every day. Join us this April as we share financial literacy facts all month long on Twitter and keep up with our content regularly updated on our website. Together we can change the conversation on financial literacy.