Media Release

January Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

Thursday, January 10, 2013 9:30 AM
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Family and Consumer Sciences Programs, for January, 2013. These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Free Financial Series – Sessions run each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church (14105 NW 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

This is a six-session weekly series designed to assist individuals and families gain control of their money. The material is applicable to a variety of age groups; college students just beginning to deal with budgeting as well as young married couples, young families and widows/widowers. Weekly sessions build one upon the other so it is helpful to attend all sessions, but people are invited to attend only some of the sessions. A three-ring binder is advised for keeping all the materials you will receive. There is no cost to attend these classes.

Where Does the Money Go? – January 16

The first step in financial management is to find out where the money is going; then ask is that where you want the money to go. A six-step process will be introduced. Starting with SMART financial goals and begin practicing money tracking techniques.

The Emotional Aspects of Money – January 23

Understand how feelings about money can help better manage money. Why do people save? Why do they spend? Guest speaker: Dr. Martie Gillen, University of Florida.

Living Within Your Means – January 30

A continuation of the six-step process to develop financial tools that will assist with individual financial goals.

Required Financial Management Class for those filing for bankruptcy – January 31, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn 4 basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future.  This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Attendees must bring a case number to class.

Topics include: Develop a Budget, Money Management Skills, Use Credit Responsibly, and Consumers Rights and Responsibilities.  See attached brochure for additional information.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by January 25 by calling 352-955-2402.

Click to view the event pamphlet.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).