GREAT FALLS — Neighborworks in Great Falls held this month’s Homebuyer Education Course on Saturday for those interested in expanding their financial expertise and wallets.
The financial course covers common concerns related to money management and credit, like how to increase one’s credit score, pay off debt, save money, and make wise investments.
While the course is primarily intended to educate prospective homebuyers, financial advisor Karen Vanni says everyone can benefit from taking the course.
“I think it’s for anybody and everybody for sure, but I wish we could reach more of those young adults before they make those mistakes because I think most of us feel like we wouldn’t have done what we did if we had known what the outcome was,” Vanni said.
Vanni also works as a Workforce Consultant and has spent the past decade acquiring financial knowledge.
She lectures about how to avoid major mistakes, and to not be controlled by money but learn how to control it themselves.
“Most of us have gone our entire life by doing whatever we feel like might be the best answer.... So, if we can get some financial education on the way, this is the best scenario,” Vanni said.
During the day-long lesson, Vanni offered several tips to get attendees started.
“The biggest advice I would give is don’t charge more than a third of your available credit...and check your credit score and check your credit report because if you don’t know what it is, you can’t get it fixed,” Vanni said.
The next upcoming class will take place December 4th and 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The cost to enroll is $75 per household. If you’d like to register for next month’s class or simply learn more about it, head to the NeighborWorks website.