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Money matters in the Flint Hills

102014-dollar-stretchEver wonder why some people seem to have a knack for stretching their money and others seem to never have enough even if they have a steady paycheck.

“There really are no hidden secrets when it comes to living on a budget, no matter how much you make,” said Chris Burk, supervisor at Housing and Credit Counseling.

Burk announced that HCCI is presenting a series of three free classes on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 21, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, that will give anyone the information they need to manage their money well, pay debts and save for the things in life they really want.

The classes, scheduled at the Osage County Senior Center at 604 Market St., in Osage City, begin at 5:30 p.m with a free light supper followed by the program 6-7:30 p.m. To register call HCCI at 800-383-0217. The general public is invited to attend any or all of the classes. Enrollment is free but registration is required for the free meal. The program is sponsored by the United Way of the Flint Hills.

The Oct. 21 class is Earn-Spend-Save. The Oct. 28 class is Paying Peter-Paying Paul, and the Nov. 4 class is The Good, Bad and Ugly in Your Credit Report.

Burk said, “Most of us work pretty hard and we want to make the most of the money we earn. HCCI has designed these
classes to help anyone get a handle on their budget, pay bills and best of all find ways to live within their means while saving for future goals.”

He said people earning S10 an hour or $25 an hour can find ways to save a dollar or two a day that can add up over time to personal financial security and peace of mind.

“HCCI has been a United Way Community Partner for many years,” said Jami Reever, executive director of the United Way of the Flint Hills. “This year we asked them to offer these classes that we think will empower so many people to make positive changes that can have a long-term impact on their lives.”

HCCI has offices in Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan. For more information, call 800-383-0217 or visit

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