EVART – Lisa Harwood is one of many area residents looking for ways to save money.

The Hersey resident joined several dozen of her fellow Osceola County residents on Thursday afternoon at the Show Me the Money Day at the Osceola County 4-H/FFA Fairgrounds in Evart.

The event, which was sponsored by the Evart Downtown Development Authority, Reed City Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Works!, Higher Ground and Michigan State University Extension, aimed at connecting residents with programs and resources available to help them achieve a more financially sound year.

“I wanted to learn about the energy savings and things I can do to save money,” she said of her stop at the Consumers Energy booth at the event. “Every little bit helps, especially with a new income.”

Eric Gustad, Consumers Energy’s area manager, said events like Show Me the Money Day allow him to provide information and tips to customers and others on what they can do to lower their energy costs.

“There are programs available to them that are so valuable,” he said. “Being here is an opportunity to educate customers to be aware of what they can do to save themselves money.”

While providing residents with tips and ideas, as well as showing them how much energy their household appliances use, Gustad said the event also allowed him the opportunity to talk with area residents.

“You get to meet customers and hear from them about their concerns and help them,” he said.

More than two dozen resources and organizations were there to help residents with any questions they had about investing and financial institutions, services for specific groups of the population, including the Osceola County Commission on Aging, MSU Extension and veterans services, as well as health and wellness.

There also were workshops available to residents to help educate them on a variety of subjects.

“There are lots of resources available, so go around and stop by every station,” Evart DDA President Al Weinberg encouraged participants. “There’s a lot of great information available, and it’s free. Show Me the Money Day is free, there’s free information, free food and free stuff.”

Show Me the Money Day is  a statewide event coordinated by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.