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April is Financial Literacy Month

In a world where financial decisions shape our everyday lives, understanding the fundamentals of money management is not just beneficial—it’s essential. Financial Literacy Month is an annual event dedicated to unraveling the complexities of financial concepts for all.

“In today’s climate, the importance of Americans grasping personal finance to manage their financial situations adeptly has become more apparent,” states. Michael Norton, Senior Vice President, Investments at David Lerner Associates, Inc. “The last few years underscored the necessity of mastering financial basics such as budgeting, building a substantial emergency savings reserve, and reducing credit card debt for sustaining stability.”

History of Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month (rebranded National Financial Capability Month by the Biden Administration) traces its roots back to the early 2000s.

It evolved from the Youth Financial Literacy Day, initiated by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). Recognizing the critical need for widespread financial education, the United States Congress officially designated April as Financial Literacy Month in 2004.

Since then, it has become a national movement dedicated to elevating the public’s understanding of financial principles and practices.

Who Gets Involved in Financial Literacy Month?

Financial Literacy Month is a collaborative effort that brings together individuals, families, educational institutions, financial professionals, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

It’s a time when seasoned investors share their wisdom, novices take their first steps into finance, and educators bridge the gap between knowledge and application. Together, we create a culture of financial awareness and empowerment.

Financial Literacy Month Participation Ideas

  • Read A Personal Finance Book: By reading a book that aligns with your interests or areas you wish to improve, you can gain insights into effective financial strategies and practices. Reading a comprehensive guide or personal finance book broadens your understanding and equips you with practical tools and tips to apply in your financial journey. This activity encourages continuous learning and self-improvement in managing personal finances.
  • Maximize the Benefits from Government Assistance Programs While They’re Accessible: Keeping abreast of the timelines for when federal protections and relief initiatives are scheduled to conclude is vital. Being well-informed about these dates ensures that you can make the most of the support offered, helping to mitigate financial challenges during times of need.
  • Take Time to Teach Your Kids More About Fiscal Responsibility: This involves more than just discussing the importance of saving money; it’s about instilling a comprehensive understanding of financial management, including budgeting, distinguishing between wants and needs, the basics of investing, and the value of earning and spending wisely. Integrating these lessons into daily life through practical examples and consistent conversations lays the groundwork for their long-term financial health and independence.
  • Attend Free Educational Seminars and Workshops: Organizations and financial experts can offer seminars on budgeting, saving, investing, and understanding credit. These events provide valuable knowledge to participants, empowering them with the tools to make informed financial decisions.
  • Encourage Local schools to Launch a Financial Literacy Campaign: Engage young minds with interactive lessons, games, and competitions focused on financial concepts. Encouraging early financial education lays the groundwork for a lifetime of financial wellness.
  • Get a Financial Wellness Check-up: Financial institutions and advisors can offer complimentary financial wellness check-ups, helping individuals assess their financial health now and in the future. Contact your investment counselor and make an appointment.
  • Start a Personal Finance Journal: Start a finance journal during the month to track spending, set budgeting goals, and reflect on financial habits. This personal approach fosters self-awareness and accountability.


Financial Literacy Month is more than a learning period; it catalyzes change, inspiring individuals to take control of their economic destinies. We can forge paths toward financial stability and success by engaging with available resources, embracing the learning journey, and committing to continuous improvement.

At David Lerner Associates, we are proud to support this journey, offering guidance, resources, and education to help light the way. Let’s make Financial Literacy Month 2024 a cornerstone of our collective financial empowerment journey.

Material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to be used in connection with the evaluation of any investments offered by David Lerner Associates, Inc. These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable– we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice.

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