Women Talking Money Patricia[August 5, 2019]  I facilitated a "Women Talking Money" discussion for the women at Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP). The main topic was budgeting. We talked about how to cut corners in spending. I used the example of how we could make coffee at home or at work instead of spending $2 or more at the coffee shop. I had them calculate how much it costs in a year and how they can create a savings by putting that money in a jar and cashing it in for a Christmas fund or an emergency fund.

We talked about how to save by buying in bulk. I also shared some tips on saving energy to decrease your electric bill. I then passed out some food pantry lists and LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) information. We created a budget and talked about it. I had them share something they learned. They all agreed that they had no idea how much money goes on impulse and "convenience" spending.

If you’d like to learn more about the Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, or host a “Women Talking Money” event at your home or business, please contact Elissa May Franklin, SOAR Coordinator  at [email protected] or click here to learn more.