Show Me the Money Day set for Feb. 2

EVART — Who doesn’t want free information on how they can save money now and benefit down the road?

That is the idea of Osceola County’s Show Me the Money Day from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Osceola County Fairgrounds Community Room, in Evart.

The free event, hosted by the Evart Downtown Development Authority, Reed City Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Works!, Higher Ground and MSU Extension, will offer residents financial resources, low-cost banking products, financial counseling, homebuyer, rental education and other resources, said Evart DDA President Al Weinberg.

“The idea for this event is to connect people with different resources and organizations that will help them maximize their household income in 2017,” he said.

One example Weinberg used is the beginning of tax season and residents anxious to receive their returns.

“They are planning on doing a lot of fun stuff with their return,” he explained. “With a little bit of wisdom, they’ll be able to do some fun stuff and make some really smart choices that will help their household do better so they can actually move forward.”

There are 27 different local and regional resources that will be on hand to help the residents of Osceola County, Weinberg said.

“We have everything from Consumers Energy to Michigan Works!,” he said. “There will be True North, an energy conservation organization, to Ferris State University, who will have people here to talk about Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).”

Job agencies, temporary job agencies, veterans services, Spectrum Health and financial institutions are set to be available at the event, Weinberg said. There also will be information about funding available to help with home improvements.

Throughout the event, there will be different cooking demonstrations, as well as learning how to use a grocery shopping app to help find the cheapest products in the area.

“People will be able to menu plan on this app and hook into Foster’s or Vic’s, so they can stay on budget and buy the things they need at the cheapest price,” he said. “There are a ton of resources that are available for the residents of Osceola County and it would behoove them to find out what those are.”

One example, Weinberg highlighted, is the Commission on Aging.

“The COA doesn’t care what your financial status is, the only thing is many of their programs are for those 65 or older,” he said. “If you or you know someone who is 65, these are services provided by the county for you, free of charge, or at a very reduced cost. Why not use it?”

7th Street Coffee Company is providing sample sandwiches and wraps and sweet coffees for the event, Weinberg said.

“There’s going to be free food, but we want people to come out and enjoy the event and learn something,” he said. “When they’re done, they can do evaluations on what they thought about the events and even win prizes, like free TV, oil changes and other gift baskets.”

The grand prize drawing is for 30 seconds in the Members First Credit Union Cash Cube for a chance to grab as much as $300, Weinberg.

“There’s going to free food, free resources and free prizes,” he said. “That’s a whole lot of free just for showing up.”

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

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