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Each month in the Practical Money Skills e-newsletter we feature an innovative educator and provide you with the latest news and updates from your favorite Practical Money Skills columns. Sign up here to have the newsletter delivered to your inbox monthly.

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

Getting Ready for College

For most of us, college is the first time we're on our own and handling our own finances. It's during this time that we learn some of the most valuable personal finance lessons out there from first-hand experience. Plan ahead for a solid first year with these helpful What's My Score money guides for college students that cover budgeting, campus life, textbooks and more. Find out more

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Do You Need a Social Media Will?

What happens to your Facebook account or your email address when you die? Who will pay your online bills if you're too ill to log on? These and other "e-issues" are prompting the need for social media wills. Find out how they work and about the consequences of going without one. Read more

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Tread Carefully with Reverse Mortgages

Are you considering turning to a reverse mortgage in order to cope with rising expenses? It's important to remember that reverse mortgages come with costly origination fees and require ongoing mortgage insurance. Make sure you understand the risks and how to protect yourself. Read more

Innovative Educator:
Jim Hatfield
Mount Vernon High School
Mount Vernon, Indiana

Jim Hatfield of Indiana's Mount Vernon High School has been teaching business education and personal finance courses for 33 years. The mottos he instills in his students are "pay yourself first" and "save for the future." One of his more popular lessons is an investment segment on home buying, which takes students out of the classroom and into the community. Read more

Financial Football Tour Creates Buzz About Fatherhood

President Obama's Fatherhood Initiative launched a new Fatherhood Buzz Tour at barbershops to connect dads with local resources. Practical Money Skills supported the tour that kicked off Father's Day by distributing free copies of Visa's Financial Football to 27 barbershops in 8 cities. Read more

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Each month, Visa honors an educator who is innovative in helping students lay the foundation for future financial success. If you or a teacher you know is using Practical Money Skills' curriculum or otherwise enriching students with lessons in financial literacy, tell us about it. Nominate an Innovative Educator