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Emily’s list: Financial literacy month edition

Emily Crone

April is Financial Literacy Month. It’s time to step up and make sure you know your personal finance basics. If you have kids, whether first graders or teenagers, it’s also a great time to help educate them about healthy money habits.

April is financial literacy month

This month was originally created by The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, and has since officially designated in a resolution by the United States Senate and by presidential proclamation.

The month is celebrated by a host of government agencies and private companies with a stake in helping us get smart, money-wise.

You can further your personal finance know-how by reading my weekly roundup of favorite blog posts!

1. Dinks Finance lists how we can think like a bank in order to make sure that we always have money in the bank.

2. How does a $500 annual fee sound? Ask Mr. Credit Card compares the high-end Visa Black card to the Citi Chairman card.

3. The Digerati Life explains why we may need an emergency plan for windfalls so  we are prepared to use this “free money” wisely.

4. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Money Ning educates readers on some of the basics, such as knowing that your credit history matters.

5. Overloaded with debt? Bucksome Boomer reveals three options for climbing out of the red.

6. Wisebread analyzes the claims made in John Commuta’s radio ads about his debt relief program and discusses why some of them are unrealistic.

7. Christian Personal Finance provides five tips for spring cleaning your finances — one big one being assessing your debt.

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  • You go, Emily! We need to educate our children on financial literacy. If you learn when you’re young, you have a great foundation to build upon and these lessons will stick with you through your entire life. Take your kid to work; show them where money REALLY comes from!

  • Thanks for the mention!

  • Greg Luck

    I want to make my GMAC monthly mortgage & car payments with my Chase Mileage Plus VISA card. I know there’s a way to do this. I read about a third party, no or minimal fee credit card that can be used to make these payments and then applies the charges to the Chase reward card which I then pay. If you’re not familiar with this credit card co. could you look in to it for me. Thanks, Greg

  • Bob

    Thanks for the mention Emily! Have a great weekend!