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It's That Time Again

January 8, 2024

Ahhhh…January…the month of resolutions, good intentions, and fresh starts. According to Forbes Health, improving finances is second only to improving fitness when it comes to good intentions and setting goals for the new year. If you have been thinking about sitting down and improving your personal financial outlook, be sure to take advantage of our free Online Learning resources!

  • Universal Class
    • Participate in the self-paced online course “Personal Finance 101: How to Manage Your Money.” This unique course is based on creating a travel itinerary. You’ll learn how to plan, execute, and travel your way to financial freedom. 
    • If you need to learn how to use a personal finance application, you may want to explore “Quicken Tutorial: All Versions” which includes topics such as “Holistic Money Management,” “Balancing Mastery,” “Budget like a Pro,” “Investment Intellect,” and “Future-Forward Tools.”
  • LinkedIn Learning for Libraries
    • Short, basic courses include “Managing Your Personal Finances,” “Financial Basics Everyone Should Know,” “Personal Finance Tips and Tricks,” and “Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You Will Ever Need.” Longer, more in-depth courses are also offered.
    • Get information on types of investment and retirement choices, basics of insurance, basic accounting software – and more!
  • Udemy Business
    • 4.5 star rated in-depth courses include “The Complete Personal Finance Course: Save, Protect, Make More;” “Acorns’ Guide to Personal Finance” (5-Step Plan); “Personal Finance Masterclass – Easy Guide to Better Finances” (save, invest, reduce loans, retire earlier); “Learn How to Budget – Personal budgeting made easy” (set and stick to a monthly budget); and “Personal Finance: Financial Security Thinking & Principles” (secure your financial future the fun and easy way!)
    • Highly rated Investing and Financial Literacy courses are also available.
  • LearningExpress Library
    • Prepare for the DSST (Defense Subject Standardized Test) Personal Finance test with tutorials and even flashcards.
    • “Why Credit Matters” – a tutorial that explains how personal credit works.

Besides online courses, you may decide to read books online. A great resource in the Go Digital collection is O’Reilly for Public Libraries, which has over 21,000 search results for “personal finance.” From saving and investing to wise money management and credit, you may find just what you are looking for there!  

Also in the Go Digital collection is Access Video On Demand. Over 1,300 videos and documentaries walk you through a variety of financial topics from the “Future of Investing: Women in Finance” to “Your Money, Your Life: Empowering Young Adults to Get Their Money Right.”

Don’t forget to look for resources on how to either create your own budget or use a pre-created template in Excel or Google Sheets. We offer Microsoft Excel Basics and Google Sheets Basics YouTube playlists plus a budgeting apps video.

If you want to improve your finances in 2024, consider using our resources to help you get started and make solid decisions during the year!

Terri M.
Consumer Technology Specialist

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