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Power Hour for financial fitness: Get together to get it done!

December 13, 2013

Do you find it hard to make time during evenings and weekends to tackle important home economic tasks?

Carving out time to create and maintain a budget, map out a retirement savings plan, research and choose the right amount of insurance coverage, or even paying your monthly bills can be a challenge.

Would having out a few hours once a month during the week on your lunch break to tackle these tasks help you to feel better about your work-life balance?

If so, join a monthly Power Hour for Financial Fitness. The group, started through the Ripple Effect, will meet the third Wednesday of each month over the lunch hour (plus additional time) to individually work through personal finance tasks while sharing best practices and receiving training from experienced financial advisors. By being each other’s coaches and teammates, we’ll be able to get ourselves organized and on track to make the most of our CSU paychecks and benefits. This group will focus on the “doing,” not just the learning, so that tasks can be completed and best practices can be put into action.

The first session is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19.

For more information, contact Andrea Bazoin at or Lorie Smith at

How to participate

  • WHO: Open to anyone in the CSU community who would like to set aside time once a month to work on personal finance tasks during the daytime.
  • WHAT: This is a work group more than a training or workshop. Speakers will occassinaly be invited, as desired by the group, but you can expect to use this time to accomplish tasks related to your own personal finance goals.
  • WHEN: Each session will be scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month for two hours. Participants can work out with their supervisors regarding the extended lunch absence (for example, you may choose to request annual leave for the extra time away or flex your schedule, as needed).
  • WHERE: Student Services 133. (Click here for a floor plan showing Room 133 location)
  • WHY: Most people have better mental energy to work on these important tasks during the day, instead of during evenings or weekends. Making time once a month to keep up on personal finance and other home tasks alongside supportive colleagues can lead to a better feeling of security and work-life balance.
  • HOW: Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or similar device, their paperwork, and their lunch. We can explore chipping in to have lunch delivered. The room is equipped with wifi access and a projector and screen for group demos and presentations. A microwave and sink are available in The Access Center (third floor).

Note: If you like this idea but would like to start your own group that meets nearer to your work area, contact Andrea for tips and support.

Contact: Lorie Smith