A Unique Opportunity to Increase Financial Literacy

Finding ways to stretch a budget can take a little creativity. Discover practical, real-life steps to creating your personal financial plan at the West Virginia Treasury Money Conference this September in Martinsburg, sponsored by the office of State Treasurer John Perdue. Whether you’re a recent graduate just starting to handle your own finances for the first time; someone looking for … Read More

Are you a “Budgeteer”?

We’ve all heard the story about the Three Musketeers. They were the personal household guards of French King Louis XIII. Their main duty was to protect the king and his family. A “Budgeteer” could be one who plans and protects their financial future through discipline and hard work in preparing and maintaining a financial budget. Whether you’re a high school … Read More

Your child could win money for college! Find out how now!

State Treasurer John Perdue recently kicked off the 11th annual SMART529 When I Grow Up Essay Contest. The statewide essay contest is a successful initiative to encourage West Virginia students in grades K-5 to think about education beyond high school and start saving for that goal. The contest also encourages parents to think about saving for their child’s future. Studies … Read More

Living Debt-Free

One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up at 2am worried about how you are going to pay your bills. Usually the feeling of panic sets in about the week after your last paycheck has arrived, been spent on rent, groceries, utilities, gas for the car, and suddenly you realize there’s not going to be enough money … Read More

Announcing the MakesCents Blog Contest 2017!

Make Cents WV - Financial Literacy

  Announcing the MakesCents Blog Contest 2017! Attention area Educators. How do finances impact WV students? Are students prepared to deal with their financial future? We know that many of you have first-hand knowledge and insight to share. We want to hear from you and give you a platform to share your ideas on our MakeCentsWv.org website Blog. Here’s how the … Read More

West Virginia Social studies Standards Addresses Personal Finance

Academic Standards are defined as the expectations for what students should know, understand, and be able to do; standards represent educational goals. The overarching goal for the West Virginia social studies standards was to build a rigorous, relevant, challenging, and developmentally appropriate framework for social studies learning on which West Virginia teachers can create curricula suited to the needs of … Read More

West Virginia Money Smart Week

A full week of opportunities to increase your financial literacy. Money Smart Week 2017 begins on Saturday, April 22nd and ends on Saturday April 29th. The idea of Money Smart Week began in 2001 as a coordinated effort by a diverse group of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote personal financial literacy. The Chicago Federal Reserve Bank … Read More

The Importance of Saving Money

You should always start saving money early and as often as you can. Earning an allowance for chores is a good way to become responsible with money. Some of the money you earn should be set aside for short-term savings. These funds can be used to purchase games, toys and candy. You should also set aside funds for long-term savings. … Read More