Conference features mom who saved $40K in 1 year

Dannelle Gay was just your average mom with an active household in Madison. When the family decided they wanted a new house, Gay decided to get serious about saving money. Very serious.

In less than a year, Gay saved more than $40,000 – more than enough to get their house project started. Her handful of simple steps were so effective that Gay now is a successful speaker and blogger, spreading the word about spending audits, snapping up freebies and smart couponing.

Gay will be the keynote speaker at the Money Smart Living for Women conference 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at UW-Fond du Lac. The conference is the kickoff event for Money Smart Week, April 21 to April 28, which offers a series of classes and activities designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Most Money Smart Week activities are free and held at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Registration for the conference is under way; space is limited. Advanced purchase tickets – before April 14 – are $5 for basic registration or $10 for deluxe, which includes a credit report and credit score. After April 14, tickets are $10, and the credit score option is not available. All include continental breakfast.

Along with her conference keynote presentation, How I Saved $40,000 in Less than a Year, Gay also will present two breakout sessions, Coupon Basics and 30 Days of Meals on Less than $100. These join seven other breakouts to choose from, including Cashing in on Good Credit, Estate Planning for Moms, Are You an Entrepreneur and Upcycling … From Trash to Treasure.

Registration forms are available at the Money Smart page, at the library service desks and at CitizensFirst Credit Union.

Additional Money Smart Week events include the free Big Read for families of children kindergarten through third grade, held at the library on Saturday, April 21, as well as personal finance classes for adults throughout the week. For full Money Smart Week details, visit the Money Smart page.


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