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Welcome to the March 2013 Edition of the Practical Money Skills for Life Newsletter

<New Panelists Announced for 2013 Financial Literacy and Education Summit

Five new panelists have joined the lineup for the 2013 Summit including international personal finance journalists Adina Chelminsky of Mexico, South Africa's Maya Fisher-French, Alison Griffiths of Canada, Brazil's Mara Luquet and Egypt's Amira Salah-Ahmed. They will discuss the global impact of women's financial literacy and capabilities from the journalists' perspective. Ask panelists questions via Twitter by including hashtag #FinLitSummit. Register to attend the event in person here, or register to view the webcast here.

 
Innovative Educator:
Allison Raymond
Sheridan School
Washington, DC

Allison Raymond has taught financial literacy to students from all over the world in Washington, DC, for the last five years. Allison encourages students to apply non-traditional thinking to financial principles. Read more

 
Should You Hire a Tax Preparer?

The U.S. tax code is increasingly complicated and currently spans thousands of pages – even government experts can't agree exactly how long it is. So it's not surprising that millions of Americans hire professional tax preparers to complete their returns. Should you? Read more


 
Practical Money Matters Article:
Avoiding Post-Disaster Scam Artists

One of the only things worse than suffering catastrophic damage to your home after a storm or earthquake is being duped by fraudulent workers who promise repairs but instead take the money and run. Learn about common scams and tips on how to avoid being victimized by fraudulent contractors. Read more


 
Practical Money Matters Podcast:
Put Your Tax Refund to Work

If you're among the millions of Americans expecting an income tax refund this year, you've probably already filed your 2012 return and are eagerly awaiting the money. But if you haven't already mentally spent your refund on a guilty pleasure, here are several great ways to better put that money to work for you. Listen now


 
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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