Tamara Pitts was sitting pretty. She had bought her first home after graduating college and working the same job for five years.
Then two months later, she learned that her job as a traffic engineer was in jeopardy when her employer began downsizing its workforce. “It was like going from cloud nine to cloud two,” she said.
Her employer contracted with University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Career Center to offer a financial management program called “Take Control of Your Finances” to employees who were being downsized.
MU Extension has declared February “Missouri Saves Month” as part of Missouri Saves, ongoing program to help individuals and families save and build wealth. Missouri Saves is a part of the national America Saves campaign, which will observe America Saves Week, Feb. 25-March 2.
Although she didn’t lose her job, Pitts has continued with the program for the past 2 ½ years. She has worked with MU Extension family financial education specialist Vivian Mason to systematically reduce debt and save money.
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