Learn to be Smart with Your Money During Money Smart Week®

April 21, 2016


Several Hundred Events Scheduled throughout the State


Madison- The highlight of National Financial Literacy Awareness month gets underway this coming week with hundreds of Wisconsin events scheduled during Money Smart Week®, April 23-30. The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) encourages citizens to take part in these events and reminds every one of the importance of improving personal financial awareness.


“Learning as much as you can during these events will build financial self-confidence so that you can feel empowered to put to use what you have learned,” said DFI Secretary Lon Roberts. “The saying “knowledge is power” is especially appropriate when it comes to managing your money.”


Money Smart Week® Wisconsin is the highlight of April’s celebration as National Financial Literacy Awareness Month, a joint effort by state and federal government agencies and private-sector organizations to help Wisconsin citizens of all ages improve their financial knowledge and capabilities.


The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is spearheading Money Smart Week® Wisconsin, and the celebration as proclaimed by Governor Scott Walker earlier this year.


Communities have scheduled free events to teach consumers of all ages about personal finance during the week. A listing of scheduled events can be found at: http://www.moneysmartweek.org/.  Click the Find Events button and then click Wisconsin on the map.


Some of the scheduled events include:

  • “The Big Read,” a statewide event for children in grades PreK-4 during Money Smart Week® at dozens of locations across the state. Adults will read “Start Saving, Henry!” by Nancy Carlson. More than 2,000 complimentary copies of the book will be distributed. The book giveaway is being funded by DFI and the Office of Financial Literacy, along with local sponsors.
  • “Money Smart Kids” will be hosted at the Shirley M. Wright Memorial Library Monday, April 25 in Trempealeau.
  • The 2016 Wisconsin Finance & Investment Challenge Bowl State Championship will be held at the Manpower World Headquarters in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 27.
  • Asset Builders 4th Annual Money Conference at the Oshkosh West High School in Oshkosh on Saturday, April 30.


Find times and exact locations of these Money Smart events and the hundreds of others scheduled around the state at: http://www.moneysmartweek.org/