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Money & ME Christmas Envelopes!

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Two concepts that Money & ME teaches are the “Cash Envelope System” and “Self Discipline.” The Cash Envelope System is simple, practical, and effective. In an article, The History of Envelope Budgeting, “mentions that household budgets in news reports started to pick up at the turn of the 20th century.  Whoever first stuck their money into an envelope […]

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Marion Matters Loves Money & ME!

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Sara Money, Director and Developer of Money & ME interviews Heidi Jones, Executive Director, and Michelle Ryman, Partner Family Coordinator of Marion Matters in Marion, Ohio. Heidi shares… It’s relevant! The Money Kit comes with a receipt organizer! The program teaches the cash envelope system! Heidi states, “This program has been very beneficial to people who weren’t […]

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Dollars 4 You: Teen Edition!

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How important is it to teach teens financially literacy?  VERY!!! Who taught you about managing money?  Was it your parents, teachers, friends, or personal experience? Maybe all of the above…maybe none.  Think of how your life would be different had you learned how to save, what interest is, smart shopping habits and more!  That is […]

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Sara speaks in Indianapolis!

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This was my third year presenting the Money & ME program at the National AHA Poverty Conference. Dr. Ruby Payne, Director of the “aha Process, Inc.” created a “Bridges Out of Poverty” model that is increasing collaboration in communities, breaking down barriers, and helping individuals succeed. Many people who have struggled with addictions, incarcerations, and […]

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Collaboration Helps Community!

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Two churches in Taos, New Mexico, joined together to conduct a Money & ME Program.  St. James Episcopal Church and El Pueblito United Methodist Church, both have food pantries.   These two churches met and developed a strategy to not just offer food, but to also teach financial literacy and money management skills.  They chose the […]

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Money & ME: College Kids Connect!

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Lizzie Williams, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama,  became a certified trainer in September 2016.  Since that time, she has done over ten Money & ME Programs for her community.  Last Saturday she had several college students and other young adults attend.  Lizzie utilized Facebook and Eventbright to promote her program and had 13 people attend.   She said utilizing […]

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Money & ME: As simple as PB&J !

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I would like to share a short story with you.  In 2010, I coordinated a fundraiser for volunteers to serve low-income clients a catered lunch at a local church.   A variety of door prizes and gift certificates were donated.  Joe, one of the clients, and his two kids attended and he won a gift certificate […]

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What is the status of your laundry?

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In 2002, I had a special needs child who was getting ready for open heart surgery, a four year old, and three step-children.  My life felt out of control!  I called a friend to process all that I was going through.  She said, “Sara, how is your laundry?”  I replied, “It is OUT of control.  […]

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Meet Holly and Julian Castillo!

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Holly and Julian completed a Money & ME Program held at Valley View Christian Church in Edgewood, New Mexico in February 2019.  Holly shared that she has attended many money management programs, but she feels she learned more in this one because it was written for the “working class.”  Holly and her husband both work and […]

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Dollars 4 You: Teen Edition!

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In 2015, trainers started asking me, Sara Money,  “Will Money & ME work for teens?”  My answer, “I’m not sure, but let’s see.”  I wrote the adult versions at an eighth grade level, and was curious to see how teens would respond to the information.  I recruited trainers at various churches to try the curriculum with their youth groups.  […]