Teaching You to Manage Your Money


Our mission is to teach money management skills to Dane County individuals and families.  We mobilize volunteers and staff to provide unbiased, accessible financial education through workshops, one-on-one coaching and other asset building services.  As a program of  Dane County UW-Extension, we provide information, tools and other resources that give the necessary skills to increase credit worthiness, reduce barriers to housing, eat healthy on a budget, and improve overall financial capability.

Recent Posts


File your taxes for FREE at myfreetaxes.com!

MyFreeTaxes is a free, simple, and safe way for individuals or households earning less than $66,000 to file federal and up to three state tax returns.

Poverty Simulation for Madison Fire Department

On Tuesday, December 19th, Dane County UW-Extension hosted a poverty simulation for fire chiefs, new graduates, and office employees alike at Fire Station #1 in downtown Madison. This experience helps these first responders better understand the stressors and barriers that many of their clients face each day.

Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the Marketplace, or Healthcare.gov, has health insurance plans available statewide, and most people qualify for discounts to make those plans more affordable. The enrollment period for 2018 coverage runs November 1-December 15, 2017. Find out more information here: It’s Time to Get 2018 Health Insurance!  

Protecting Yourself After the Equifax Data Breach

Check out this fact sheet to find out how to keep your credit and identity safe in the aftermath of the Equifax data breach. The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign makes the process of ordering and reviewing a free credit report as easy as possible. Anyone can sign up to receive an email reminder from UW-Extension three times a year—on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10—on the campaign’s website: fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport.

Continue to check your credit report after a data breach

The latest data breach in the news comes from Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. It is now more important than ever to review your credit report every 4 months. The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign makes the process of ordering and reviewing a free credit report as easy as possible. Anyone can sign up to receive an email reminder from UW-Extension three times a year—on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10—on the campaign’s website: fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport.