Get your finances in order April is Financial Literacy Month

Today is monumental. Do you know why? Because today is the day you take your first step toward financial freedom.

April is Financial Literacy Month, the perfect opportunity to make a new start and begin the path to financial freedom. But you won’t have to go it alone. Money Management International has created a simple 30-step program–complete with materials and tools to help guide you on your journey including free interactive worksheets and eBooks.

This year we’ve also teamed up with Jean Chatzky to host a video question-and-answer session right here on Blogging for Change. Ms. Chatzky is a gifted and knowledgeable motivational speaker, author, and financial journalist who appears on The Today Show, where she serves as the financial editor. She has written for publications like SmartMoney, More Magazine, and the New York Daily News.

Ms. Chatzky has also authored several books that have touched on everything from money and happiness (The 10 Commandments of Financial Happiness) to women and money (Make Money Not Excuses) to how to thrive in a tough economy (The Difference). According to her website, her philosophy remains consistent whatever the financial topic: “If you want to own your life, you have to own your money.”

We realize that financial situations vary from person to person, which is why we encourage you to submit your own specific question to Ms. Chatzky by commenting on this post. We will select five questions from those submitted for Ms. Chatzky to answer on April 30, the last day of Financial Literacy Month 2011.

Throughout the month of April, we will also be hosting live webinars designed to address important and timely financial topics. Make a commitment to your financial future today by taking the first step. Rest assured that we’ll be with you every step of the way. 

You might also enjoy reading:

Jean Chatzky answers your financial questions about retirement savings

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.

  • The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of nonprofit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education. Today, nearly 300 of these groups participate in the federation and govern it through their representatives on the organization's Board of Directors.
  • The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) is the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER’s membership includes state, nonprofit, and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers, and schools, interested and involved in increasing college access and success. It assists its members in shaping policies governing federal and private student loan and state grant programs on behalf of students, parents, borrowers, and families.

  • Since 2007, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) has served as a trusted, neutral source of information for more than eight million homeowners. They are partnered with, and endorsed by, numerous major government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of the Treasury.

  • The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market in order to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.

  • The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Their mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

  • The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services.