Financial Education

Do you want to…. lower your financial stress? …take control of your money to reach your goals?

Extension Richland County offers free financial education, and coaching to all Richland County residents.  It’s easy, confidential, and free!  If you live outside of Richland County, please inquire.  If we cannot serve you, you will be referred to your county’s Human Development & Relationships Educator.

Financial Education Group Classes
In-person classes and workshops can be offered on a variety of financial topics, utilizing Human Development & Relationships curriculums or guest speakers. If your group would be interested in partnering with Extension Richland County, contact Chelsea Wunnicke. Examples of successful partnerships include banks & credit unions, school districts, universities, libraries, youth groups, community groups, churches, and businesses.

Financial Education One-on-One
Contact Chelsea Wunnicke, Richland County Human Development & Relationships Educator to set up an appointment. 608-647-6148 or email:

A Financial Coach provides encouragement and that extra nudge you need to get going—and keep going. You pick the goal and you set the pace to reach that goal.

Do you have:

A specific financial goal to work toward or challenge to overcome?
A commitment to financial improvement?
Ability to follow through on coaching or counseling sessions?
Willingness to complete pre- and post- surveys?

Financial Education Resources and Program Information from UW-Madison Division of Extension available here.

Financial Education Publications:

Budget worksheets, Dealing with a Drop in Income, Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times and more available at Getting Through Tough Times.

Living Resources

Rent Smart focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for a successful renting experience. It challenges participants to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant, as well as know and understand the rights and responsibilities of their landlord. Emphasis is on forming a strong partnership between the tenant and landlord. Establishing a positive rental history is much like having a positive credit report and Rent Smart starts participants on the right path for success.

Want More Money in Your Pocket?

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of a variety of tax credits to supplement their incomes. Information about tax credits for Wisconsin families and resources for saving on taxes.

These credits can bring thousands of extra dollars to individuals and families – yet every year, thousands of people who are eligible for these tax credits fail to claim them.

Check your Free Credit Report Campaign –

By law, you can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, obtaining a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date. This website walks you through the process of obtaining your free reports, reading them, and dealing with any errors. Building and Maintaining Credit

Wisconsin Residents: Check your Free Credit Report on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10

We encourage you to mark your calendars on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10 this and every year as a reminder to request a copy of your free report on those days. “2/2, 6/6, 10/10″ is meant as a simple way to remember to pull your free credit reports regularly.

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