Financial Counseling

Financial Education

Do you want to…. lower your financial stress? …take control of your money to reach your goals?

Richland County UW-Extension offers free financial counseling, education, and coaching to all Richland County residents.  It’s easy, confidential, and free!  If you live outside of Richland County, please inquire.  If we cannot serve you, you will be referred to your county’s Family Living Agent.

Financial Education Group Classes
In-person classes and workshops can be offered on a variety of financial topics, utilizing Family Living curriculums or guest speakers. If your group would be interested in partnering with Richland County UW-Extension contact Chelsea Wunnicke. Examples of successful partnerships include banks & credit unions, school districts, universities, libraries, youth groups, community groups, churches, and businesses.

Financial Education One-on-One
Contact Chelsea Wunnicke, Richland County Family Living Agent to set up an appointment. 608-647-6148 or email: chelsea.wunnicke@ces.uwex.edu

Financial Counseling is done one-on-one tailored to your needs, including creating a spending plan, improving credit scores, paying down debt, making ends meet, and saving for the future.

A Financial Coach provides encouragement and that extra nudge you need to get going—and keep going. You pick the goal and you set the pace to reach that goal.

Do you have:

A specific financial goal to work toward or challenge to overcome?
A commitment to financial improvement?
Ability to follow through on coaching or counseling sessions?
Willingness to complete pre- and post- surveys?

 Financial Education Publications:

Living Resources

Want More Money in Your Pocket?

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of a variety of tax credits to supplement their incomes. The most important of these include:

These credits can bring thousands of extra dollars to individuals and families – yet every year, thousands of people who are eligible for these tax credits fail to claim them.

Check your Free Credit Report Campaign –

By law, you can obtain three free credit reports each year. The information in your credit report affects your life in important ways–your ability to get a loan, how much you pay for credit and insurance, obtaining a job, renting a house or apartment, and preventing identity theft. It is important to check your report regularly to make sure it is accurate and up-to-date. This website walks you through the process of obtaining your free reports, reading them, and dealing with any errors. http://fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport/

Wisconsin Residents: Check your Free Credit Report on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10

We encourage you to mark your calendars on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10 this and every year as a reminder to request a copy of your free report on those days. “2/2, 6/6, 10/10″ is meant as a simple way to remember to pull your free credit reports regularly. You may want to provide your email address here to automatically receive reminder emails on those dates.