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Money Expo in West Palm


The Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and its community partners are hosting a day of free personal financial education and consultation.

You can get a free credit report, fill out a form to search for unclaimed money, shred your financial documents, learn about preventing foreclosure or how to deal with identity theft, educate money-smart kids and more.

There will also be free tax preparation for the first ten people who register for this service.

In the afternoon, the winners of the Piggy Bank Beauty Pageant will be announced. The contest is open to children 12 years old and under.

Participants will also be able to have brief consultations with certified financial planners.
The MoneyWi$e Expo takes place Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It will be held at the Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Services Center, 559 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach

For event details, to register for free tax preparation and/or a financial planning session or to receive a Piggy Bank Beauty Pageant entry form, call the Cooperative Extension at 561-233-1742 or go to www.pbcgov.com/coopext

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You've got the job of managing your money. No one in school taught you how. But you and I, we can teach each other, how to handle it, how to save for retirement, how to make money last, how to educate the kids, how to make a budget work. The conversations I have with my readers are fun. Money's important, but discussing it does not have to be boring.

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