---- — DERRY — With the rising cost of living, many families are challenged to make smarter choices on how, when and where to spend their money. Parenting NH Magazine is hosting a Dollars & Sense Workshop on Nov. 14.
The event will bring together a panel of experts who will provide sound, easy-to-follow advice for parents. It will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy.
Dee Lee, financial educator, author and radio talk show host on Boston’s WBZ News Radio, will be the keynote speaker. An advocate for financial literacy, Lee understands the importance of financial education for contemporary families. Lee is experienced in motivating and educating consumers to take charge of their financial future.
This is not a typical lecture. Lee’s motivational talk will provide sound advice for every age (from 20 to 90) and every lifestyle (singles or couples). Lee engages her audience members by asking them questions throughout the presentation and encouraging them to cite examples to share with the group.
Her address will include: why and how to live within a budget; how to plan for short-term (cars and vacations) to long-term (college and retirement) financial goals; where to find hidden value in your assets (home, car insurance and investments); the importance of protecting your identity and your children’s; and the importance of having an estate plan to protect you and your children.
The workshop also includes a panel discussion with Lee and two local experts who will address the importance of talking with children about money and advice on where to find the extra dollars that add up over the course of a year.
Panelist Dan Hebert of Jump$tart NH will educate parents on how to talk with their children about money and credit cards. Hebert is a senior-level banking executive and educator who has worked one-on-one with students to educate them on learning money management and personal finance skills through the Jump$tart NH program.
Panelist Wendy Thomas is a journalist and thrift-lifestyle expert. She has a solid understanding of using coupons, seasonal shopping and where to find deals. Thomas has chronicled her family by measuring how much they threw away over the course of a year. As a mother of six, she understands that saving a few pennies here and there can really add up.
“This workshop will offer practical advice on stretching the family dollar, saving money and planning for tomorrow,” said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting NH Magazine. “Becoming a better money manager will help parents get ahead financially, be savvy consumers and become stronger role models for their children. We believe this workshop will put parents several steps forward in reaching their financial goals and achieving greater peace of mind.”
Registration is open now through Nov. 7; tickets are $20 per person. To purchase tickets, visit dollarsandsense2012.eventbrite.com.