By April 6, 2016

CFO Jeff Atwater Celebrates April as Financial Literacy Month ……….

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April is Financial Literacy Month, and Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater reminds Floridians that financial literacy is the key to a successful financial future. To help Floridians achieve a greater understanding of their personal finances, the Department of Financial Services offers free educational resources for Floridians of all ages, from school-aged children to those enjoying their retirement years, through the Department’s YourMoneyMatter$ website.

“Floridians of all ages should strive to learn more about their personal finances because a more informed consumer makes better financial choices,” said CFO Jeff Atwater. “Our Department provides dozens of resources to help Floridians achieve this goal—from games that engage children to learn the importance of money to calculators that help families determine how much they can afford to spend on a house or car to podcasts that help pre-retirees understand how much they need to save to comfortably enjoy their retirement years—and I encourage all consumers to use these tools that can help them begin a path toward long-term financial success.”

Here are just a few of the free resources available to Floridians:

Financial Football: Just one of the many games available to engage children in financial conversations, Financial Football is a fast-paced, NFL-themed video game that tests children’s money management skills and allows players to move down the field and score touchdowns by correctly answering financial questions.

Calculators: Floridians can explore their personal information in great detail by using the Department’s calculators to fine-tune a household budget or to create one for the first time. To assist Florida families in making important decisions like the purchase of a car, home or other high-ticket item, these calculators can help hone in on how much families can comfortably spend without blowing their budget.

Retirement Podcasts: While many Floridians dream of enjoying their retirement years in one of our state’s many beautiful cities, saving for retirement often gets put off as families deal with more pressing demands. It is important to begin saving for retirement as early as possible, and these short podcasts can help Floridians create a retirement plan that works for their needs and their retirement timelines.

Throughout the month of April, the Department will continue to share information and resources specific to Florida students, families and retirees.

To learn more about the Department’s financial literacy initiatives and to access all of the Department’s resources, visit www.MyFloridaCFO.com/YMM/.

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