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Companion guides

Each of these guides supports the toolkit by helping you contextualize the money conversation to the unique needs of specific populations.

This page includes companion guides for:

Military communities

Native communities

People with disabilities

People with criminal records

Focus on Military Communities companion guide

Military life comes with unique financial situations. This guide provides insight and guidance to persons and organizations that serve military communities, including active-duty, reserve and National Guard servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The guide includes tools specially designed to address common financial challenges that military consumers face, such as:

  • Whether to buy or rent a house while serving in the military
  • How to leverage special savings opportunities exclusive to military families
  • How the military relief societies can help when you’re in need
  • How to financially plan for a Permanent Change of Station
  • How to spot military affinity marketing and scams

The guide was developed with the support of people and organizations that serve the military and veteran communities.

  • Focus on Military Communities companion guide
  • Tool: Planning for important money conversations
  • Tool: Discussing money productively
  • Tool: Buying or renting a home
  • Handout: VA Home loans
  • Tool: Saving opportunities for military communities
  • Handout: Understanding your military pay statement
  • Handout: Veterans: Maximize your income through work incentives
  • Tool: Spending tracker for servicemembers and veterans
  • Handout: Military relief societies
  • Tool: Planning for PCS moving expenses
  • Tool: Cash flow budget for servicemembers and veterans
  • Tool: Planning for the year
  • Handout: SCRA and MLA protections
  • Tool: SCRA example letter to lenders
  • Tool: Credit reports and military service
  • Tool: Deciding which financial services to trust
  • Tool: Organizing your financial and legal documents
  • Handout: Marketing and scams aimed at military communities

Focus on Native Communities companion guide

This guide provides organizations with information that meaningfully connects Your Money, Your Goals to the financial lives of Native community members. The companion guide includes:

  • Tools and information that cover topics such as making the most of an Individual Indian Money Account, using values to set financial goals, and annual planning that reflects seasonal income and expenses
  • An additional module on "financial empowerment and elders" covers ways to identify, address, and prevent financial exploitation of elders
  • Guidance on how to integrate Your Money, Your Goals into your work with Native communities

Tribes and other organizations that serve Native communities helped develop this resource by sharing their experience and perspectives.

  • Focus on Native Communities companion guide
  • Tool: Using values to set goals
  • Tool: Savings and asset limits in Native communities
  • Tool: Making the most of the IIM
  • Tool: Annual planner
  • Tool: Identifying elder financial exploitation
  • Handout: Getting help for elder financial exploitation
  • Tool: Preventing elder financial exploitation
  • Focus on Native Communities training slides

Focus on People with Disabilities companion guide

This guide contains tips, information, tools, and skill-building resources for people with disabilities and from organizations that serve the disability community. It’s based on the idea that everyone has a right to control their own money and make their own financial decisions. The companion guide includes 11 new tools that are fully dynamic and accessible for how to:

  • Set up an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account and build savings
  • Pay for assistive technology to achieve independence
  • Understand how income from work impacts Social Security Income (SSI)
  • Identify financial abuse and exploitation and how to get assistance

"Focus on People with Disabilities" was developed with the support of people with disabilities and organizations that serve the disability community.

  • Focus on People with Disabilities companion guide
  • Tool: Starting the money conversation
  • Tool: Paying for assistive devices
  • Tool: Setting up an ABLE Account
  • Tool: SSI estimator
  • Handout: Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA)
  • Handout: The role of a representative payee
  • Tool: Monthly budget
  • Handout: Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge
  • Tool: Identifying financial abuse and exploitation
  • Focus on People with Disabilities training slides

Focus on Reentry companion guide

This guide is designed to help financially empower criminal justice-involved individuals and their families.

The tools, tips and information can help people navigate their financial decisionmaking, including how to:

  • Prepare their finances for incarceration, such as getting a credit freeze, securing a power of attorney, or managing debt while incarcerated
  • Obtain identification documents such as social security cards to help with transition
  • Identify and prioritize payments for both criminal justice-related debt and consumer debt
  • Calculate their take home salary after deductions
  • Access and monitor credit reports, including inside correctional facilities
  • Understand the background screening process and individual rights when applying for jobs

Focus on Reentry can be used any time: while someone is awaiting trial or sentencing, in jail or prison, or following release and in community settings.

  • Focus on Reentry companion guide
  • Tool: Measuring Financial well-being
  • Tool: My money picture
  • Tool: Preparing your money situation before or during incarceration
  • Tool: Preparing for release: Documents and identification
  • Tool: Setting SMART Goals
  • Tool: Putting goals into action
  • Handout: Saving at tax time
  • Tool: Saving and asset limits
  • Tool: Income and benefits tracker
  • Tool: Understanding your pay stub
  • Tool: Spending tracker
  • Tool: Creating a cash flow budget
  • Tool: Reentry debt log
  • Tool: Lowering your debt
  • Tool: Requesting your free credit report
  • Handout: Requesting your free credit reports by mail from a correctional facility
  • Tool: Reviewing your credit reports
  • Handout: Disputing errors on your credit report
  • Tool: Opening a checking or savings account
  • Tool: Evaluating your prepaid or payroll card
  • Handout: Knowing your prepaid card rights
  • Handout: How to handle identity theft
  • Handout: Submitting a complaint
  • Handout: Background screening reports
  • Tool: Reviewing your background screening reports