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Start planning the back-to-school family budget now

June 28, 2018 

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Kizer: ‘Using a budget will give you control over your life’
  • Money management class set for Aug. 4
  • Info:

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Even if back-to-school expenses seem far away, it’s never too early to learn to budget for needed clothing and school supplies, said Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“Now is the time to plan a budget for the upcoming school year,” she said. “Even if you don’t have children in school, using a budget will give you control over your life. You’ll be able to set and reach saving’s goals and be prepared for emergencies.”  

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NEVER TOO EARLY -- To start budgeting for back to school expenses. 

The extension service will offer a financial management class on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Office conference room, 500 South Idaho Street in Pine Bluff. Register now by calling 870-534-1033 or e-mail

Kizer, along with fellow extension agents, Michelle Carter of Bradley County, Diane Clement of Cleveland County and Jane Newton, Lincoln County, will be teaching budget development, money management, wise use of credit and consumer protection – topics that are part of extension’s “Navigating the Financial Journey” training. 

Cost of the class is $20. Bankruptcy filers will receive a Certificate of Debtor Education.  The class is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Trustee as a financial education program and the course complies with the laws enacted under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.

For more information about personal finances, contact your county extension office, or visit

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.  

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.   

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126