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
My Money Works2019-04-30 April 30, 2019
(ends May 21, 2019)
Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide
Budgeting Basics2019-05-21 May 21, 2019Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide
My Money Works2019-05-01 May 01, 2019
(ends May 22, 2019)
Manage your MoneyLewistonWestern
My Money Works2019-05-01 May 01, 2019
(ends May 22, 2019)
Manage your MoneyCamdenMidcoast
Let’s Talk About Credit2019-05-28 May 28, 2019Manage your MoneyONLINEStatewide
Your Money Personality2019-05-31 May 31, 2019Manage your MoneyBangorNorth Central/Downeast
Clean Up Your Credit2019-06-10 June 10, 2019Manage your MoneyPortlandSouthern
Clean Up Your Credit2019-06-10 June 10, 2019Manage your MoneyPortlandSouthern
My Money Works2019-06-03 June 03, 2019
(ends June 24, 2019)
Manage your MoneyFarmingtonWestern