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October Events

Vamosi-When GadgetsThe grant programming kicked off with a bang with over 700 people joining us at the How-To Festival. We continued the fun with a side of finance throughout the remainder of the month. An additional 35 people joined us for book groups, meals and conversations focusing around the beginning steps of getting our house in order.

One of my major take aways from September was a concept from “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg was the idea of “keystone habits.” Keystone habits create a chain reaction; changing and rearranging your other habits as you integrate the habit into your life. Maybe financial topics seem a bit daunting to you. That’s ok! Small changes in other areas of your life, such as eating healthy, exercising, thinking positive can all trickle down and impact other areas of your life, including your financial health.

We are continuing the conversation in October with plenty of ways to get involved!

  • Money Madness Movie Night: October 2, 16, 23, and 30,7-9 pm
    Movies are a fun way to expand how we think about money, its relationship to our lives, and our personal values surrounding it.  Our October film series spotlights films that have a whimsical take on money or finances. An introduction to the film will offer insights for audience members to watch for as they view these screen classics. Moviegoers were invited to stay for a discussion afterwards.

    • October 2: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
    • October 16: Flash of Genius
    • October 23: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
    • October 30: If I Had a Million
  • Cooking Matters: Tuesdays, October 6—November 11, 1:30-3:30 pm
    Curtis Library, MidCoast Hunger Prevention  Program, and Good Shepherd Food Bank partner to offer a six week hands-on cooking and nutrition series of classes led by volunteer chefs and nutritionists. Attendees receive groceries weekly to recreate the meals at home. This program has been a huge hit in the past and filled quickly. But keep your eyes out as we plan to offer this opportunity at other locations this winter and spring.
  • Ask the Expert: Identity Theft and Fraud October 22, 6:00 pm
    Join us for a panel discussion October 22, 6:00 pm, on protecting yourself from identity theft and fraud. Come with questions ready about safely navigating fraud and identity theft concerns. Additionally, these experts can answer questions about safety online, keeping your social media persona safe, banking concerns, online baking safety tips as well as how to report when you have fallen victim to a problem. Panelist include:

    • Martha Currier: Complaint Examiner, Consumer Information & Mediation Service; Administrator, Lemon Law Arbitration Program, Office of Attorney General Consumer Protection Division
    • Mark Waltz: Head of Support Services which includes Criminal Investigation Division, Brunswick Police Department
    • Rose Murphy: Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union Compliance Officer
    • Lindsay Laxon. Esq: Investor Education Manager, Maine Office of Securities
  • Money Smart Meetup Book Club Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30pm OR Friday, October 30. Money Smart Meetup functions as an enhanced book group and will include discussions focusing on spending mindfully and financial psychology, managing and eliminating debt, saving money and building assets, practical economics, home ownership, and investment strategies.  Each month, one book on personal finance will be reviewed and discussed by club participants. Guest experts frequently available to provide professional insight. We provide books, free for all participants available at the reference desk. The Wednesday and Friday sessions are identical, come to whichever time better suits your schedule. This month we will be discussing “When Gadgets Betray Us: the Dark Side of our Infatuation With New Technologies” by Robert Vamosi


Practical Economics

everyday financesOnce a month or so we will highlight some books from our Personal Finance Collection. This month I want to focus on what I call “practical economics.” These great resources offer tips that we call ALL use to better improve our pocketbooks!


Everyday Finances for the Everyday Family by Mike Yorkey takes the mystery out of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g your hard-earned dollars. He sums the secret to successful living up in three simple steps: (1) deny some of your wants, (2) spend less than you earn, and (3) avoid “bad debts,” such as carrying a high balance on a credit card. This easy-to-read resource guides you through commonsense principles that can help your family budget, spend, and save money wisely.

Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half by Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee offers a detailed look at slashing household expenses. One of their key strategies is savvy coupon use: stacking savings—purchasing goods already on sale with additional coupons. They present a plethora of information about coupons themselves, where to find them and how to use them properly in conjunction with sales on particular groceries. Nearly half of the book is devoted to grocery shopping, including tips on which stores to visit, and how to plan meals and win at consumerism.

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better With Less by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree.  Be Thrifty is not about being cheap―it’s about being smart and self-sufficient. Drawing on the work of experts in every field, it shows how to cut your food bills, cut your credit card debt―cut your own hair. Financial writers explain how to create a budget, and the thriftiest ways to invest in the market. Professional chefs give step-by-step advice for shopping for the cheapest, tastiest ingredients. There are also tips on creating a home spa; why beeswax candles burn the longest; the twenty best bottles of wine for under $10; tips for building a budget music collection, including how to buy from a flea market with confidence; how to sell your home without a realtor; the basics of negotiating a killer rate on a car; keeping your clothes looking great without a trip to the dry cleaner; unspooling old sweaters and repurposing the wool; the stuff you should buy in bulk and the stuff you shouldn’t; how to outfit a nursery; and much, much, much more.

The Everything Budgeting Book by Tere Stouffer is a basic budgeting book that shows you how to improve spending patterns, save on everyday expenses, keep finances in order, prepare for unexpected events, and plan for the future.