Financial Workshops

Financial Education Workshops

The TFCU Financial Empowerment team is here for you!

Our team has been actively presenting financial education workshops throughout the state of Oklahoma since 2008, and have presented at over 300 schools and businesses. Our workshops help adults, youth and children learn about the importance of good money-management skills. Our trained financial educators are a great resource to you, as a guest speaker at your school, business or community group. The best part about these workshops is that we can come to your location and customize any workshop for your specific audience(s) upon request, at absolutely no cost! All workshops can last 45-60 minutes in length, and, topics can range from how to set a budget to financial resources for life stages and events. Whether you’re receiving your first paycheck, buying a car, preparing for college or retirement, caring for aging parents, or want to know more about how to protect yourself from identity theft––we’ve got you covered. To schedule a workshop for your school, business or organization, email financialeducationdept@tinkerfcu.org or call (405) 319-2089, today!

You can find all of our workshops listed below.

Workshops Designed for Students and Kids
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Economic Reasoning

The choices you make today can often affect how much money you will have in the future. Students will use the PACED model of decision making to learn about basic personal finance concepts like choices, trade-off, opportunity cost and more. Using school prom as a scenario, they will discover the benefits of evaluating and analyzing alternatives before making a choice. (This workshop is an introduction to the Personal Finance Literacy Passport required of all High School graduates in Oklahoma.)

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How to Adult – Real World Financial Decisions

All too often students don’t have the perspective necessary to understand the difficult financial decisions adults have to make. This workshop will pair students together and teach them the basics of household budgeting and decision making. They will receive a profile that includes information about a career, income and deduction information, debt and children. The students then have to make decisions about needs and wants, including housing, transportation, food, childcare, entertainment and more. Through the presentation and activity, they will learn how to create a family budget, and also how their decisions impact their ability to live the life they want.

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The Karma of Credit

Credit is surrounded by a lot of myths and misunderstandings. In this interactive workshop, students will pretend to be loan officer and have to decide if an applicant qualifies for a loan. They will learn about evaluating credit reports and credit scores and what factors can affect a person’s financial reputation. This exercise will help them understand what they’ll need to borrow money for a car or home or to get a credit card.

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Personal Finance For Young Adults

The earlier you make a financial plan, the better your future will be. Young adults will learn how to obtain and use credit wisely, create a positive credit history and score, develop a budget, track spending, understand their student loan repayment options and save effectively for common upcoming expenses.

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Risky Business

Gambling can be exciting, challenging and disappointing! This workshop will give students an understanding of the risk and potential costs of gambling. They will experience the thrill and disappointment of playing a game of chance and will learn about managing risk and determining possible outcomes based on probability. Students will also learn to evaluate the benefits of gambling to individuals and society. (This workshop covers the 12th Standard of the Personal Finance Literacy Passport required of all High School graduates in Oklahoma.)

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Workshops Designed for Adults
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Becoming a Homeowner

Homeownership starts well before the contracts are signed—preparation is one of the keys to a smooth home buying process. This session covers all major pre-purchase topics such as budgeting, the down payment, credit reports, debt-to-income ratios, and the mortgage lending process.

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Car Buying

Many decisions go into purchasing a car. Should you buy new or used? Should you buy or lease? Is zero percent financing or taking the rebate better? Learn how to make the best car shopping and financing decisions based on your particular financial situation, credit rating and goals.

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College Financing for Parents

Rising college tuition costs continue to outpace inflation. However, through a combination of long-term savings and an understanding of financial aid opportunities, learn how to make continuing education for your kids -or yourself–a reality.

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Credit Card Makeover: Getting Out of Debt

Most consumers use credit regularly – in some cases, perhaps too regularly. While credit can be a great financial tool, if it is used unwisely, it can be disastrous. Examine the wisest uses of credit, warning signs of credit trouble and the options available for getting out of debt and reconstructing existing credit to its greatest advantage.

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Federal vs. Private Student Loans

This workshop explains key differences between federal and private student loans, and compares eligibility, interest rates, repayment plans and more. Participants will learn how to choose the option that best suits their needs.

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Finances for Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurship is stronger than ever. This session covers all the financial aspects of starting and running a small business. Topics include: types of legal entity structures, writing a business plan, bookkeeping, paying taxes, and everything in-between.

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Financially Savvy Seniors

Retirement can be a great time for seniors ifthey are prepared financially. Attendees will learn about specific retirement concerns such as managing money, Medicare, Social Security, improving cash flow, insurance, investing, estate planning, and more.

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ID Theft Happens, Now What?

Security breaches and scams are ever-growing and will continue as technology advances. Protect yourself by learning common identity theft practices, tools for preventing identity theft and specific steps for victims of these kinds of crimes to take in order to minimize damage.

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Investing in Real Estate

Investing in real estate can be a great way to boost income—if done wisely. To help investors turn a profit, we’ll cover the pros and cons of different properties, resources for finding investment opportunities, and financing options.

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Make the Most of Your Money

Identify goals, learn how to design realistic spending and savings plans, and discover some options available for getting out of debt.

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Maximizing Credit

How is credit scored? Why does my credit matter? Learn what steps to take for obtaining credit, using it wisely and the impact money management has on your future credit standing.

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New Year Resolution Reminder

Money Smart Resolutions

The beginning of the year is a great time to set smart financial goals. This workshop shows you how to use your net worth, emergency savings, consumer debt and 401K contributions as a benchmark, so you can set realistic goals and measure your progress in these areas throughout the year.

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Planning for Money Milestones

There are many important financial milestones for consumers in their 20s and 30s. To help prepare today’s “Millennials” for a positive financial future—without sacrificing fun—we take a realistic approach to managing finances. We’ll cover SMART goals, getting financially organized, building a budget, controlling expenses, wiping out debt, and much more!

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Psychology of Money

Each person has a money personality that influences their spending and saving decisions. Learn how to recognize negative financial habits and attitudes and change them into productive ones.

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Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

A job loss, a medical crisis, or other hardship can send a normal financial situation into a tailspin. Participants will learn how to get their finances back on track, including budgeting, repaying debt, rebuilding credit, establishing emergency savings, and replenishing retirement savings.

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Repaying Student Loans

Student loans can put a heavy burden on monthly finances, sometimes rivaling the cost ofa mortgage. These days there are many options to help repay these loans. This session will teach attendees about the choices available.

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Retirement Planning Later in Life

Retirement planning is one ofthe most important financial considerations for anyone today. And as you get closer to retiring, it becomes more critical to have a solid plan ofaction. This workshop focuses on deciding when to retire, investment options, estate planning, Social Security benefits, and healthcare considerations.

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Safeguarding Kids’ Identity and Online Privacy

Today’s youth generation is tech-savvy and connected online. However, parents still play an important role in helping them avoid online hazards such as identity theft, privacy and cyber-bullying. This workshop covers important issues including online privacy tips, managing computer settings, smartphone apps, and positive online behavior.

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Saving & Investing for the Future

Find out what tools are available for saving and investing, and what combinations of investments are best suited for your individual needs.

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Stress-Free Holiday Season on a Budget

Enjoy the holidays instead of stressing about them. Learn how to set a holiday budget and stick to it, how to avoid the year-end credit crunch and what to do now to avoid getting into debt in the future.

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Ten Steps to Financial Success

We all measure financial success differently, but all paths to get there require discipline and goals. This session teaches participants ways to financial control—including developing a spending plan, creating objectives, weighing insurance needs, and other tools that will help get on the road to personal financial success.

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The Sandwich Generation- Caring For Aging Parents

The Sandwich Generation is positioned in the middle. They care for aging parents while supporting their own children. In this workshop, participants will learn how to manage their parents’ medical, legal and financial needs, while ensuring they stay financially prepared for their kids’ future.

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Using Credit Cards Wisely

A credit card can be a valuable financial tool. However, before racking up big charges on multiple cards, participants should learn smart ways to handle their credit cards and take a disciplined approach.

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Women and Money

Whether it’s having children, career advancement, divorcing, or becoming a widow, there are certain pivotal times in women’s lives that can occur. This session addresses special considerations for budgeting, credit, and insurance.

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