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Savvy Seniors: July 2015

A recent publication from the Michigan Attorney General's office can help prevent consumer scam, particularly those targeting Michigan's older adults.   PROTECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOUR FUTURE includes tips on protecting your personal information and reducing your exposure to identity theft, including directions for getting your name off unwanted telemarketing and junk mail lists and for exercising your right to receive free annual credit reports. The information and advice in this Guide is supplemented by other free publications of interest to consumers. You can view Michigan Senior Brigade's consumer alerts online by visiting their website, www.michigan.gov/ag or by calling the Consumer Protection Division, toll-free, at 1-877-765-8388.

Your Credit Score and You

Your FICO score is 90% of a credit decision and can affect your ability to buy a home or be part of a new business venture.   In this program, the representatives from SCORE will teach you how to calculate your credit score and potentially fix it. They will also teach you the elements that make a good credit rating and how it affects your decisions and relates to business.

Join us on Monday, April 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration required.

Math Money Mania

Math=Fun at our Math Money Mania program. Families and kids in grades kindergarten through fourth grade can join us as we learn about money, counting and making change, and maybe even how to earn an allowance. Thursday, April 9, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room.

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Savvy Seniors: Pass It On

The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. They have created PASS IT ON  an FTC website containing articles, presentations, video, and activities — with information about scams and pass on some information that could help someone you know.  Health, finances, privacy are just some of the issues they focus on.  There is a link to the FTC for individuals wanting to report a scam.

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

Grocery Savings

everydaysavvy.comMelissa Buckles, the "Bargain Shopper Mom" from EverydaySavvy.com will share her secrets for saving money at the grocery store. Join us Tuesday May 20 at 7:00 PM and learn how to cut your monthly food bill in half.

Conversations with Caregivers

Shiffman Medical Library Outreach presents Conversations with Caregivers, an all-day workshop covering a wide range of topics such as Avoiding Legal &  Financial Pitfalls as Caregivers, Helping People Assess and Talk About Health Care Choices, and Successful Aging: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Crisis-Driven Aging Decisions.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History from 9:30AM-3:00PM.  For more information call: 313-577-9083.

MorningStar Investment Help

MoneySmart2014Money Smart Week (April 5-14) is dedicated to bringing public awareness to personal finance. Do you know that we have the personal finance tool MorningStar Investment Research Center all year round for you? You can find reports and ratings on funds, stocks and more. In the Help & Education section you can learn the ins and outs of goal-based investing, strategies and solutions to help you for the long run. Be sure to include MorningStar in your long term money smart planning. CPL cardholders can access from home.

Budgeting 101: A Balancing Act

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, during the first week of April, organizations across the country will be providing free programs to address financial concerns. This year we are joining forces with the Financial Planning Association of Michigan to present this great program. Local FPA member Russ Jones will cover the basics of creating and maintaining a household or personal budget, including why to create one, how to create one and, most importantly, how to stick to one. Our presenter will also addresses the issue of debt – how to manage it and ways to begin eliminating it. Join us on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this fabulous and informational program!

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Savvy Seniors: February 2014

FREE TAX COUNSELING

Canton Seniors Center
is offering free tax counseling on Tuesdays through April 15.  Morning and afternoon appointments are available with a tax counselor volunteer. Joint return appointments must be scheduled for mornings only. Call the Canton Senior Center desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment today! This an AARP-sponsored service.

Your 2014 Investment Outlook

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management is back by popular demand.  Mr. Bloom, recognized as one of the premier money managers in the country, will share the information we need to make our 2014 investments grow.  Bloom is often heard on radio, has a newspaper column and is seen on TV giving sound advise on investing and projecting the climate on Wall Street.  Please join us on January 23 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room to get your fiscal year started off on the right foot. 

Grocery Savings with the Bargain Shopper Mom

Unfortunately, this program has been canceled. Stay tuned while we reschedule with Melissa Banks!

Melissa Banks, the Blogger Bargain Shopper Mom can show you all the tricks for saving when at the grocery store and preparing your meals. Please join us on January 16 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room for helpful hints and super savings.

A Time for Change? - CANCELLED

Did you spend time with your elderly relatives over the holidays? Is it harder for Mom to do the stairs or the dishes or harder for Dad to hear or get in the car? Maybe it's time for a change. That can be very difficult to talk about and to actually organize. Senior Real Estate Specialist, Nancy Austin, offers advice in everything from listing the house to cleaning it out to getting settled in someplace more appropriate and safe. Be prepared for this important change in your lives by joining us on January 22 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room.

Your 2014 Investment Outlook

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management is back by popular demand. Mr. Bloom, recognized as one of the premier money managers in the country, will share the information we need to make our 2014 investments grow. Bloom is often heard on radio, has a newspaper column and is seen on TV giving sound advise on investing and projecting the climate on Wall Street. Please join us on January 23 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room to get your fiscal year started off on the right foot.

How to Not Outlive Your Money

Gary Timco of Timco Financial Group will share ways to prosper in uncertain economic times, preserve your principal while earning a respectable rate of return and ways to stretch your IRAs. He will also discuss ways to reduce a heavy tax burden on your beneficiaries. Please join us on November 6 at 7:00 PM for this informative session.

Holiday Savings Tips

Melissa Buckles, popular blogger Bargain Shopper Mom, will share holiday savings tips - everything from Black Friday, Cyber Monday and how to save when entertaining. Melissa has many followers who trust and learn from her experience and research. Please join us on November 11 at 7:00 PM and you may learn a few tricks too. May your holidays be merry, bright and full of savings.

Savvy Seniors September, 2013

Monday, September 16, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. Seniors, 55 years or older are invited to the Senior Summit 2013 at the Summit on the Park for a day filled with fun, food and knowledge. Look for the Canton Public Library's table for information on upcoming library events.