USU Extension celebrating marriage, family finances

It’s part of Marriage Celebration Week. Utah State University Extension is hosting a special class Thursday, Feb. 10 with the theme “Enjoying Family Traditions and Making Memories.” Extension Vice President Adrie Roberts says the Utah Commission on Marriage is co-sponsoring the event. “It will be at 11 o’clock in the multi-purpose room of the Cache County Administration building,” Roberts explains. “The cost is $3 unless you can come in and pre-registration then it’s only $2. We’re going to serve a fun lunch. “Dr. Stacie MacArthur will be there and discuss all kinds of family traditions and the importance of them to bond families together.” Roberts says some of the funding for the event is coming from the Governor’s Commission on Marriage. Roberts says it is important to start a marriage with good financial planning because disagreement on money matters is a major cause of divorce. USU Extension is a co-sponsor of Utah Saves Challenge Week which is coming up February 22-28, a week where Utahns of all ages are encouraged to increase their financial literacy. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Roberts said budgeting and saving money should be a top priority regardless of the economy. She stressed the importance of knowing what you spend, looking for ways to cut expenses, stocking up on sale items that have a long shelf life, and setting financial goals. Roberts says it is always wise to have some cash on hand in case of emergency, such as an evacuation because of a flood or perhaps an earthquake or massive power outage. “No cashing checks, no running to get money out of your safe deposit box or whatever,” Roberts explained. “So it’s really important that you become independent enough that you can take care of yourself. So we recommend that you store some dollar bills and some rolls of quarters just in case.” Other tips offered by Roberts: keep your home and auto coverage with one insurer, repay your expensive debts first, establish an estate plan, especially a will.

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