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Welcome to the October 2012 Edition of the Practical Money Skills for Life Newsletter

Tricks for Making Halloween Spending a Treat

Scary costumes and haunted houses are part of what makes Halloween fun. But the parties, candy and other costs can add up during the holiday, which is second only to Christmas in consumer spending. Before you shop, set a realistic budget using this Entertainment Calculator. Whether you're having a party or going out, these tips can help you have big fun without spending big bucks. Read more

Teachers: Attend Jump$tart's National Educator Conference

As the nation's leading advocate for youth financial literacy, the Jump$tart Coalition® conducts the only national educator conference devoted entirely to personal finance education in the classroom. The 2012 National Educator Conference is being held in Chicago, November 2-4. Conference attendees include Pre-K through high school educators of all subjects and experience levels. Register today

Practical Money Matters Article:
Get Ready for Medicare Open Enrollment

For many current Medicare participants, October 15-December 7 is the only time they can change plans for the coming year. If you are a participant, it's important to spend a few minutes reviewing the different options available to ensure you get the best coverage—here are a few tips. Read more

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Time for a New Car?

Before you hit the lots in search of a new car, learn everything from how to figure out your new car budget to how to determine what loan amount and interest rate you qualify for. Listen now

Innovative Educator:
Aimee Brohnard
B.M.C. Durfee High School
Fall River, MA

As Department Head of 11 guidance counselors at B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River, MA, Aimee Bronhard is one busy person. But one thing clear — Aimee is focused on ensuring that every student in her school has a healthy understanding of the real financial cost of living life. She is not only personally passionate about the school but feels compelled to "give back to the community." Read more