Money, like kids, doesn’t come with instructions. But knowing how to spend it, save it and borrow it wisely is a crucial life skill. So financial institutions, not-for-profits, schools, libraries and lots of others are joining together to help support financial education during Chicago’s ninth annual Money Smart Week, April 17-24.
More than 450 free educational classes, seminars and activities will take place around the state and focus on financial topics for people of all walks of life.For a complete calendar of events, go to moneysmartweek.org/chicago.
And here at ChicagoParent.com, we have financial planning help, kids’ activities, and an exclusive Q&A with Jackson Beard, the Walter Payton freshman who was selected as the 2010 Money Smart Kid.
Of course, we also have some goodies to give away. One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win a savings bond and custom-made piggy bank courtesy of the Economic Awareness Council. Want to win? Ask your financial planning questions as a comment below and you’ll automatically be entered!