Jeff – Old Town


Jeff in his kitchen

Photo Credit: Chris Bennett

40 Stories for 40 Years – Profilee 12

Jeff joined New Ventures Maine’s My Money Works class in 2016. He decided to participate in the class so he could learn how to budget, or better yet, “budget at all!”

Jeff standing in his kitchenDuring his time in the class, Jeff learned about the Family Development Account matched savings program. He explains, “The second I heard about the matched savings program, I knew I wanted to save for a house.” With this newly identified goal, he began working on his budget, tracking his spending, and building a savings plan. “One of the most important tools I took away from My Money Works was how to understand where my money was being spent,” Jeff shares.

It was a big goal and he worked on it for almost 2 years. Jeff explains, “The budgeting skills I learned helped me expedite the saving process. I learned. I stumbled. Sometimes, I failed. But, I didn’t give up. I stuck with the process and became a new homeowner!”

Jeff is now working on new goals. He would like to be able to fix and modify his house to make it his. Accomplishing the first goal has opened doors for him to set new ones.

What advice would Jeff give to others? “If someone were in a similar situation, I would advise them to not give up!  Just because something is challenging does not mean it is impossible.”

ClassDateProgram AreaLocationRegion
Budgeting Basics2020-06-17 June 17, 2020Manage your MoneyONLINE EveningStatewide
MoneyWise: You and Your Budget2020-06-17 June 17, 2020Manage your MoneyONLINE DaytimeStatewide
Let’s Talk About Credit2020-06-23 June 23, 2020Manage your MoneyONLINE EveningStatewide
MoneyWise: Let’s Talk Credit2020-06-24 June 24, 2020Manage your MoneyONLINE DaytimeStatewide
My Money Works2020-06-01 June 01, 2020
(ends June 29, 2020)
Manage your MoneyONLINE EveningStatewide
Build Your Savings2020-07-01 July 01, 2020Manage your MoneyONLINE EveningStatewide
My Money Works2020-06-10 June 10, 2020
(ends July 08, 2020)
Manage your MoneyONLINE DaytimeStatewide