If you find personal finances confusing, you’re not alone. Only 55% of U.S adults are financially literate, or have the skills and knowledge required to make informed and effective decisions around their finances. Furthermore, only 17% of high school students were required to take one or more semesters of personal finance. Now some good news: April is Financial Literacy Month and comes with a bevy of free tools to help you master your finances! What started as Youth Financial Literacy Day in 2000 has grown into a monthlong observance intended to promote free tools and opportunities for youth and adults to improve the state of their personal finances one step at a time.
MyMoney.gov is a free website chartered by the Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission and intended to increase access to financial services for all Americans. My Money Five developed the My Money Five Principles to help guide your daily money decisions and help you save for the future.
The Five Principles
- EARN: Understand your pay and benefits to make the most out of every paycheck.
- SAVE & INVEST: Learn how to save for your future financial goals, whether that be retirement, paying off debt or buying your first home.
- PROTECT: Protect yourself from financial fraud and hardships by accumulating emergency savings and having the right insurance.
- SPEND: Be an informed consumer by knowing what to look for when shopping around for the best price.
- BORROW: Sound borrowing habits put you in the driver’s seat when borrowing money for large expenses like a house, car or education.
Check out these online resources and Apps
Acorn makes saving a breeze, just connect your credit card with the Acorn app and Acorn will automatically round up your purchase and invest the difference in a roundup account. Visit https://www.acorns.com/ to get started.
Click here to access free online calculators, budget worksheets, and other helpful resources for making financial decisions.
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Financial education in under 30 minutes
Your financial goals are unique and so is your path to get there. Our award-winning* webinar series is here to help along the way. In less than 30 minutes, you can learn more about a financial topic that matters to you.
Register for an upcoming webinar or catch up on your time with a library of replays.
This month’s Webinar
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. PST
Reassessing finances after a market downturn
It’s been a little more than a year since the pandemic changed our way of life and caused the stock markets to become volatile. Let’s take a look at your accounts to make sure they still align with your financial goals moving forward—especially if your goals and needs have changed. We’ll also cover contributions, rebalancing, and strategies that could help manage stock market volatility in the future. Register to join us and learn more.
- Expanding and protecting savings
- Debt and emergency savings (also in Spanish)
- HSAs and health care
- Reassessing finances after a market downturn
- Investing how-to
- Women and people of color
- Protecting assets and leaving a legacy (also in Spanish)
- Nearing retirement checklist
- Saving for college and student loans
- Estate planning
- Year-end tax prep and tax reform
- Social Security
Can’t make an upcoming webinar? View a replay anytime at Principal.com LearnNowOnDemand
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Topics and dates are subject to change.
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Grown Up Grilled Cheese
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup vertically sliced red onion
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese
- 8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices hearty white bread
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
- 6 slices center-cut bacon, cooked
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion and garlic; cook for 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over each of 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1/2 cup spinach, 2 tomato slices, 2 tablespoons onion mixture and 1 1/2 bacon slices. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese; top with the remaining 4 bread slices.
Heat skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place sandwiches in pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese melts.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 376 calories; fat 11g; saturated fat 5.3g; mono fat 4.8g; poly fat 0.6g; protein 20.2g; carbohydrates 50.3g; fiber 3.3g; cholesterol 24mg; iron 2.9mg; sodium 876mg; calcium 308mg
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- Calm Meditation App
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- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)- from UNUM & Health Advocate. We are here for you 24/7 – 1-800-854-1446; www.unum.com/lifebalance – The EAP can help provide COVID-19 support, grief counseling, stress/anxiety relief, and more, and is available to all employees
- Medical Bill Saver Advantage via your EAP – 1-800-854-1446; www.unum.com/lifebalance and is available to all employees
- For the latest on COVID 19– CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
- Your Financial Life Matters (Wells Fargo) – For more help, click here or call 1-844-258-7773 for a complimentary savings or credit conversation and receive a personalized plan. Representatives are available Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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- Kaiser’s COVID-19 Information and updates visit: CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: Learn how to protect yourself and get care
- Kp.org is a valuable resource for information and member communications, as well as a link to any telehealth services. If you havenâ€™t already done so, please register on kp.org. https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/register
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No matter what life throws your way, you can connect to care where and when you want it. E-visits, telephone, and video appointments are simple and secure ways to get care and save yourself an office visit. They even be tracked in your electronic health record. All you need is a computer, smartphone, or mobile device. Click here to get access to care.
- Kaiser Members- access to E-visits- Log in at kp.org/appointments or go to Get Care on the KP mobile app
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- Anthem Sydney Care mobile app. Download the Sydney Care mobile app from the App Store® or Google Play click here to learn more
- Anthem Member Symptom Assessment
Find out what your symptoms may mean by answering five quick questions. This tool uses guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Anthem/Aunt Bertha social support services
Our partnership with Aunt Bertha provides you with a solution to help connect you and your family to social services in your communities if you need it. You can find services such as help with food, housing, job training, and transportation by visiting Aunt Bertha and entering your ZIP code.
- Anthem Skill – Ask Alexa for your health plan info.
Get quick, hands-free help with the Anthem Skill. Whether you need a new ID card or get curious if you’re about to reach your deductible, just say the words, “Alexa, ask Anthem…” to get quick answers about your health plan. The Anthem Skill works through Alexa-ready devices, like an Amazon Echo or on your mobile device using the Amazon Alexa app.
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