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Financial Literacy Checklist

April is financial literacy month!

A joint effort between State Comptroller Sean Scanlon and State Treasurer Erick Russell, the C-T Financial Literacy Checklist challenges Connecticut residents to take ownership of their financial futures by engaging in the following tasks.

Check your credit score

Checking your credit score at least once a year is important to ensuring there are no errors negatively impacting your ability to do things like get a loan or rent a home.

  • Visit to learn more about the importance of checking your credit score and how you can do so.

Open a savings account

Savings accounts store money you don’t immediately need access to, and they even accrue interest over time. Already have one? Make a deposit this month!

Open a retirement account

You are never too young to start saving for retirement. Whether through a program your employer offers or the state-run MyCTSavings, open an account– or make an additional deposit in one you already have– today!

Create a monthly budget

It is important to have a clear idea of your income and expenses. This means not only tracking what you make at work, but also what you might estimate for things like gifts, and side-jobs. For expenses, start with the big things like rent and car payments, but also think about food, gas, recreation, and more.

Establish a savings goal

Start saving for something important. Whether it is a child’s education, a personal emergency fund, or a vacation– set a goal and start saving today!