Every year I wait impatiently for the my favorite day. It’s not Christmas or the first night of Hanukah. It’s Financial Planning Days.
Financial Planning Days is a national event where certified financial planners volunteer their time to talk to regular about their finances. They don’t hand out business cards, sell products or make any money.
They answer basic questions like, “How’s my budget?” or “Am I saving enough?” They also teach workshops on how to buy a house or save up for college. Did I mention it’s free?
I’ve gone 2 years in a row and have gotten so much advice. I wrote about my experiences last year. Even though I consider myself financially savvy, it never hurts to get another expert’s opinion.
Financial Planning Days are being held in more than 20 cities across the country so you’re likely to find one near you (although there isn’t one in my hometown).
Think of it as your annual physical. Maybe you don’t want to get your cholesterol levels checked, but maybe it’ll be better than you expected. I know both times I’ve gone, I’ve left feeling better than when I arrived. And where else can you get that?