From college campuses to Wall Street and everywhere in between, most of us are looking for ways to better budget and save our money.
Today the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its Money Smart partners kicked off Money Smart Week with a luncheon in Bloomington.
The week includes more than 125 free classes, seminars and activities in the Bloomington-Normal or Peoria areas.
Classes are offered for all ages, starting tomorrow through April 9th.
"It's the little things over the years that really add up but if you start saving - maybe you're saving none now but if you start saving $10 a month, after this session, you know, that's the beginning and that's what we're really hoping people do..just take small steps to becoming more financially educated," says Bloomington-Normal Chair Person, Melissa Libert.
As part of Money Smart Week, McLean County invited students to write an essay answering a question about the importance of financial literacy.
This years two-thousand dollar scholarship winner is Amanda Breeden, a seventh grader at Parkside Junior High.
Additional information and a calendar of the upcoming events are available at www.moneysmartweek.org