All posts by Kristian Brennon

Financial Wellness News 9/13/21

Positive Financial Habit #1:
Shop Smarter

We are kicking off our Positive Financial Habits series with a tip that applies to everyone: smarter grocery shopping! It’s all too easy to bust a budget while browsing the snack aisle. Building smart shopping habits while at the store can be easy with a few minutes of planning before you head out the door.

A few easy ways you can stay on budget while at the store are:

  1. Plan meals ahead and stick to your grocery list
  2. Only buy the quantities you need for the specified period you’re shopping for and that you can eat before they expire.
  3. Compare ads and brands for the best price.

For more grocery budget tips, check out this blog.

Tight on Funds?

The UMKC Kangaroo Food Pantry is open and ready to help you stretch your grocery budget if you find yourself low on funds. You can find staple pantry items, fresh dairy products, and seasonal vegetables available to you on the first floor of the School of Medicine.

I have linked a few recipes below that use staple Kangaroo Pantry items to supplement your ingredient list paired with items you already own to create a yummy meal!

All recipes are from a fantastic resource called Budget Bytes. This website lists 100s of recipes that are budget-friendly. Check out the category “Meals Under $10” to get inspired on low-cost, high-taste recipes. Visit the website here.

#1 Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen

Pantry Ingredients: Peanut Butter, Ramen Noodle Pack

Recipe: Spicy Peanut Butter Ramen – Quick & Easy! – Budget Bytes

#2 Quick Veggie Pasta (ANY pasta, ANY veggie works!)

Pantry Ingredients: Spaghetti Noodles, Canned Chicken Breast, Seasonal Fresh Veggies

Recipe: Quick Veggie Pasta – Vegetarian or Vegan – Budget Bytes

#3 Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta

Pantry Ingredients: Canned Tuna, Spaghetti Noodles

Recipe: Tuna and Red Pepper Pasta – Budget Bytes

#4 Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

►Great for leftovers or meal prep!

 Pantry Ingredients: Canned Chicken, Rice, Milk, Canned Mixed Veggies OR Fresh  Veggies

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Vegetable and Rice Casserole – Budget Bytes

#5 Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

            Pantry Ingredients: Oats, Jelly

Recipe: Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – Budget Bytes

Want more budget-friendly meal inspiration? We suggest this article.

Resource Reminder:

Click the image below to watch a short video on all the features AAMC Financial Wellness offers.

ANYONE who signs up for AAMC Financial Wellness and creates a budget by October 31 will be entered into a drawing for a prize!

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September Events:

Caring about Credit – Tuesday, September 21 @ 2 pm. Location: 402 Student Union (Volker)

Join us to learn what credit is, how scores are calculated, and how to responsibly use a credit card to build your credit history. RSVP on RooGroups.

Financial Wellness Meet and Greets – Get to know the Financial Wellness Department! Visit our table and grab a free snack in the SOM Lobby on September 30th and October 1st. More details and times to come. See you there!

Financial Wellness News 9/6/2021

►Fall for Financial Wellness
this Semester!

If you’ve been by the Student Affairs Suite, you may have noticed the financial wellness-themed window! The window elements list ways that you can be financially well this semester.

Each week this month we will be highlighting a specific positive financial habit that will increase your overall financial well-being.

►This Week’s Positive Habit: Create a Budget

A budget is a tool that gives you permission to spend on the items you want! Eliminate unnecessary stress by creating a plan each month to pay bills and spend money on items you want.

Create a monthly budget with 3 easy steps:

  1. List all income sources for the month: Do you have a job? Are you provided with spending money from your support system? List those funds here.
  2. List all expenses for the month: These can be “needs” like a rent or utility bill but also include your “wants” like an entertainment category.
  3. Subtract expenses from income: Once you have all of your expenses listed, subtract those amounts from your income for the month.
    1. If the number is positive, then you are spending less than you make. This is a positive habit.
    2. If the number is negative, go back and review some of your “wants” and adjust until you net zero.

Watch this quick video for a complete overview of budgeting.

►Create Your Budget with AAMC

The AAMC Financial Wellness money management dashboard includes a feature for you to create a budget in just a few minutes. Then, export it to your computer to save for later if desired.

ANYONE who signs up for AAMC Financial Wellness and creates a budget by October 1 will be entered into a drawing for a prize!

You can also use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculator.

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

Click the image below to watch a short video on all the features AAMC Financial Wellness offers.

►Reminder: Bills are due on September 10th

If you haven’t paid your bill or made payment arrangements with the Cashiers’ office, you need to do so by September 10th to avoid late fees and finance charges.

For more tips on how to manage your UMKC bill click here.

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September Events:

Caring about Credit – Tuesday, September 21 @ 2 pm. Location: 402 Student Union (Volker)

Join us to learn what credit is, how scores are calculated, and how to responsibly use a credit card to build your credit history. RSVP on RooGroups.

Financial Wellness News 8/30/21

Engage with Financial Wellness
This Week!

Financial Wellness events are in full swing this week! Plus, take control of your finances this year by meeting 1:1 with our Financial Wellness Counselor and utilizing the AAMC Financial Wellness dashboard.

►Events & Workshops:

Tuesday, August 31 @ 2 pm.

Basics of Budgeting Workshop –  Wondering how to make your money work for you? This workshop will help you create and manage a budget based on your financial goals. Register on RooGroups. Location: 302 Student Union (Volker) – Hosted by Volker Campus Financial Wellness Center.

Wednesday, September 1 from 11:30-1 pm:

Lunch on the Lawn – Visit our table and grab some snacks and play some games during the HSD Lunch on the Lawn. Lunch provided to students. Located on the lawn in front of the SOM.

Thursday, September 2 from 2-5 pm:

The Financial Wellness Center Open House – Our friends at the Volker campus financial wellness office are hosting an open house to tour their new space and meet the brand new Financial Wellness department. Location: Volker Administration Center Suite 223.

►Sign up for AAMC, Win a Prize!

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

ANYONE who signs up for AAMC Financial Wellness and creates a budget by October 1 will be entered into a drawing for a prize! 

This week at AAMC: Crash Course in Homebuying

Buying a home is the single largest purchase most of us will ever make. Learn the basics of home buying with this week’s topic at AAMC Financial Wellness.

Daily Articles:

►Additional Resources

Budget Worksheet:  You’ve got to start off the year with a plan! Grab our Student Academic Budget worksheet and plan for the entire year in one place. Utilize the worksheet on your own, or schedule a 1:1 budget session with your Financial Wellness Counselor, Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu.

Resource Center: Our Financial Wellness Resource Center is now open. Check back often for more resources and updates!

►Make an Appointment:

Finances are personal and unique! Set up an appointment to speak to your Financial Wellness Counselor about your specific financial questions and concerns. Appointments are available in person at both Health Sciences and Volker campuses as well as virtually.

Schedule now

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August Events:

Basics of Budgeting – Tuesday, August 31 @ 2 pm. Location: 302 Student Union (Volker)

Wondering how to make your money work for you? This workshop will help you create and manage a budget based on your financial goals. Register on RooGroups.

Financial Wellness News 8/30/21

Engage with Financial Wellness
This Week!

Financial Wellness events are in full swing this week! Plus, take control of your finances this year by meeting 1:1 with our Financial Wellness Counselor and utilizing the AAMC Financial Wellness dashboard.

►Events & Workshops:

Tuesday, August 31 @ 2 pm.

Basics of Budgeting Workshop –  Wondering how to make your money work for you? This workshop will help you create and manage a budget based on your financial goals. Register on RooGroups. Location: 302 Student Union (Volker) – Hosted by Volker Campus Financial Wellness Center.

Wednesday, September 1 from 11:30-1 pm:

Lunch on the Lawn – Visit our table and grab some snacks and play some games during the HSD Lunch on the Lawn. Lunch provided to students. Located on the lawn in front of the SOM.

Thursday, September 2 from 2-5 pm:

The Financial Wellness Center Open House – Our friends at the Volker campus financial wellness office are hosting an open house to tour their new space and meet the brand new Financial Wellness department. Location: Volker Administration Center Suite 223.

►Sign up for AAMC, Win a Prize!

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

ANYONE who signs up for AAMC Financial Wellness and creates a budget by October 1 will be entered into a drawing for a prize! 

This week at AAMC: Crash Course in Homebuying

Buying a home is the single largest purchase most of us will ever make. Learn the basics of home buying with this week’s topic at AAMC Financial Wellness.

Daily Articles:

►Additional Resources

Budget Worksheet:  You’ve got to start off the year with a plan! Grab our Student Academic Budget worksheet and plan for the entire year in one place. Utilize the worksheet on your own, or schedule a 1:1 budget session with your Financial Wellness Counselor, Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu.

Resource Center: Our Financial Wellness Resource Center is now open. Check back often for more resources and updates!

►Make an Appointment:

Finances are personal and unique! Set up an appointment to speak to your Financial Wellness Counselor about your specific financial questions and concerns. Appointments are available in person at both Health Sciences and Volker campuses as well as virtually.

Schedule now

_________________________________________________________________________

August Events:

Basics of Budgeting – Tuesday, August 31 @ 2 pm. Location: 302 Student Union (Volker)

Wondering how to make your money work for you? This workshop will help you create and manage a budget based on your financial goals. Register on RooGroups.

Financial Wellness News 8/16/21

Financial Wellness Resources
to Ace this Year’s Budget

Is your wallet ready for this school year? We want to share some of our favorite resources to help you make this the best money-management year yet!

►Events & Workshops:

The Volker Financial Wellness Center is hosting quite a few in-person and virtual events this fall. Grab their schedule here: FWC Workshop Flyer, Fall 2021 and register for the events on RooGroups.

Plus, keep an eye out for School of Medicine-specific Financial Wellness Events coming soon. You’ll hear about them in this newsletter and also on our website.

►Money Management Tools:

AAMC Financial Wellness: The AAMC has created a robust financial management dashboard specifically designed for medical students. Use this dashboard to:

  • Track Financial Health
  • Budget & Track Spending
  • Create Financial to-do’s
  • Create Financial Goals
  • Organize Student Loans
  • Utilize Resources & Calculators

Create a free account today! Visit the site here and choose UMKC as your school.

WellConnect Financial Literacy: Similar to AAMC Financial Wellness, read up on the latest financial topics, budget, and create financial goals. Plus you can:

  • Assess your risk of ID theft
  • Share accomplishments with friends
  • Determine your financial values.

Create a free account here and use the UMKC School Code: UMKCSOM

►Additional Resources

Budget Worksheet:  You’ve got to start off the year with a plan! Grab our Student Academic Budget worksheet and plan for the entire year in one place. Utilize the worksheet on your own, or schedule a 1:1 budget session with your Financial Wellness Counselor, Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu.

Resource Center: Our Financial Wellness Resource Center is now open. Check back often for more resources and updates!

_________________________________________________________________________

August Events:

Basics of Budgeting – Thursday, August 31 @ 2 pm. Location: 302 Student Union (Volker)

Wondering how to make your money work for you? This workshop will help you create and manage a budget based on your financial goals. Register on RooGroups.

Financial Wellness News 8/9/21

►Bills Are Here!

The cashier’s office is releasing the final Fall semester bills on August 10th. To avoid holds, late fees, and a delay in class start dates, make sure you have your UMKC bill taken care of this week with these quick tips:

Check Your Budget

Ensure you are not taking out more debt than needed. List your personal and school expense for the year, and determine what income source you will need. Budget for the entire academic year with our budget worksheet or schedule a 1:1 budget session today!

►Get the worksheet: Student Academic Year Budget

Check Your To-Do List

If you are missing any steps in the financial aid process, you’ve received emails with action items to complete. Additionally, log on to Pathway and make sure you’ve completed all outstanding items on your To-Do lists located on the right-hand side. 

If you have accepted loans to cover this year’s charges, have you completed the required entrance counseling and signed the promissory note? Log onto Studentaid.gov with your FAFSA ID to ensure you’ve completed these required steps. 

ALL forms of financial aid will begin disbursing to student accounts one week prior to the start of the semester (August 16th) so be sure to have all of your checklists completed by that date. 

Check Your Aid Acceptance Status

Did you accept your aid? Make sure that you have accepted the aid you plan to use for this semester. Aid will be applied to your cashier’s bill first, and the excess disbursed to you. Your bill will show your balance and anticipated aid. If the “Adjusted Amount Due” is negative, then your aid is covering your bill. If it is positive, that is a balance that you either need to pay or make payment arrangements for.  

►If you are not sure how to review and accept your aid, click here.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Get to know Financial Wellness

Finances are personal and unique, especially for medical students committing to schooling longer than the traditional four-year college student. At UMKC School of Medicine, we value your success and tailor financial wellness to your specific experiences. From living on campus to preparing for residency, we’ll be with you to plan every expense every step of the way.

1:1 Financial Coaching

Our main service is financial coaching that is 100% student-focused. We can help students create and stick to a spending plan, discuss using credit and paying debt, and much more. We would love to talk to you about your specific financial situation and goals and empower you to practice healthy money-management habits.

To get started, please reach out to Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule a meeting.

Student Loan Review

It’s no secret that financial aid is confusing. Students often have many questions regarding their aid and how it affects their tuition, living expenses, and overall level of debt. We provide assistance with semester-based budgeting that accounts for student loans and additional aid. This helps students estimate expenses and ensure they take out the right level of aid for their education.

Resource Center

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Our Resource Center can provide clarity on personal finance topics that are relevant and updated often. Visit the Resource Center here.

Financial Wellness News 8/9/21

►Bills Are Here!

The cashier’s office is releasing the final Fall semester bills on August 10th. To avoid holds, late fees, and a delay in class start dates, make sure you have your UMKC bill taken care of this week with these quick tips:

Check Your Budget

Ensure you are not taking out more debt than needed. List your personal and school expense for the year, and determine what income source you will need. Budget for the entire academic year with our budget worksheet or schedule a 1:1 budget session today!

►Get the worksheet: 

Check Your To-Do List

If you are missing any steps in the financial aid process, you’ve received emails with action items to complete. Additionally, log on to Pathway and make sure you’ve completed all outstanding items on your To-Do lists located on the right-hand side. 

If you have accepted loans to cover this year’s charges, have you completed the required entrance counseling and signed the promissory note? Log onto Studentaid.gov with your FAFSA ID to ensure you’ve completed these required steps. 

ALL forms of financial aid will begin disbursing to student accounts one week prior to the start of the semester (August 16th) so be sure to have all of your checklists completed by that date. 

Check Your Aid Acceptance Status

Did you accept your aid? Make sure that you have accepted the aid you plan to use for this semester. Aid will be applied to your cashier’s bill first, and the excess disbursed to you. Your bill will show your balance and anticipated aid. If the “Adjusted Amount Due” is negative, then your aid is covering your bill. If it is positive, that is a balance that you either need to pay or make payment arrangements for.  

►If you are not sure how to review and accept your aid, click here.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Get to know Financial Wellness

Finances are personal and unique, especially for medical students committing to schooling longer than the traditional four-year college student. At UMKC School of Medicine, we value your success and tailor financial wellness to your specific experiences. From living on campus to preparing for residency, we’ll be with you to plan every expense every step of the way.

1:1 Financial Coaching

Our main service is financial coaching that is 100% student-focused. We can help students create and stick to a spending plan, discuss using credit and paying debt, and much more. We would love to talk to you about your specific financial situation and goals and empower you to practice healthy money-management habits.

To get started, please reach out to Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule a meeting.

Student Loan Review

It’s no secret that financial aid is confusing. Students often have many questions regarding their aid and how it affects their tuition, living expenses, and overall level of debt. We provide assistance with semester-based budgeting that accounts for student loans and additional aid. This helps students estimate expenses and ensure they take out the right level of aid for their education.

Resource Center

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Our Resource Center can provide clarity on personal finance topics that are relevant and updated often. Visit the Resource Center here.

Financial Wellness News 8/9/21

►Bills Are Here!

The cashier’s office is releasing the final Fall semester bills on August 10th. To avoid holds, late fees, and a delay in class start dates, make sure you have your UMKC bill taken care of this week with these quick tips:

Check Your Budget

Ensure you are not taking out more debt than needed. List your personal and school expense for the year, and determine what income source you will need. Budget for the entire academic year with our budget worksheet or schedule a 1:1 budget session today!

►Get the worksheet: 

Check Your To-Do List

If you are missing any steps in the financial aid process, you’ve received emails with action items to complete. Additionally, log on to Pathway and make sure you’ve completed all outstanding items on your To-Do lists located on the right-hand side. 

If you have accepted loans to cover this year’s charges, have you completed the required entrance counseling and signed the promissory note? Log onto Studentaid.gov with your FAFSA ID to ensure you’ve completed these required steps. 

ALL forms of financial aid will begin disbursing to student accounts one week prior to the start of the semester (August 16th) so be sure to have all of your checklists completed by that date. 

Check Your Aid Acceptance Status

Did you accept your aid? Make sure that you have accepted the aid you plan to use for this semester. Aid will be applied to your cashier’s bill first, and the excess disbursed to you. Your bill will show your balance and anticipated aid. If the “Adjusted Amount Due” is negative, then your aid is covering your bill. If it is positive, that is a balance that you either need to pay or make payment arrangements for.  

►If you are not sure how to review and accept your aid, click here.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Get to know Financial Wellness

Finances are personal and unique, especially for medical students committing to schooling longer than the traditional four-year college student. At UMKC School of Medicine, we value your success and tailor financial wellness to your specific experiences. From living on campus to preparing for residency, we’ll be with you to plan every expense every step of the way.

1:1 Financial Coaching

Our main service is financial coaching that is 100% student-focused. We can help students create and stick to a spending plan, discuss using credit and paying debt, and much more. We would love to talk to you about your specific financial situation and goals and empower you to practice healthy money-management habits.

To get started, please reach out to Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule a meeting.

Student Loan Review

It’s no secret that financial aid is confusing. Students often have many questions regarding their aid and how it affects their tuition, living expenses, and overall level of debt. We provide assistance with semester-based budgeting that accounts for student loans and additional aid. This helps students estimate expenses and ensure they take out the right level of aid for their education.

Resource Center

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Our Resource Center can provide clarity on personal finance topics that are relevant and updated often. Visit the Resource Center here.

Financial Wellness News 8/9/21

►Bills Are Here!

The cashier’s office is releasing the final Fall semester bills on August 10th. To avoid holds, late fees, and a delay in class start dates, make sure you have your UMKC bill taken care of this week with these quick tips:

Check Your Budget

Ensure you are not taking out more debt than needed. List your personal and school expense for the year, and determine what income source you will need. Budget for the entire academic year with our budget worksheet or schedule a 1:1 budget session today!

►Get the worksheet: 

Check Your To-Do List

If you are missing any steps in the financial aid process, you’ve received emails with action items to complete. Additionally, log on to Pathway and make sure you’ve completed all outstanding items on your To-Do lists located on the right-hand side. 

If you have accepted loans to cover this year’s charges, have you completed the required entrance counseling and signed the promissory note? Log onto Studentaid.gov with your FAFSA ID to ensure you’ve completed these required steps. 

ALL forms of financial aid will begin disbursing to student accounts one week prior to the start of the semester (August 16th) so be sure to have all of your checklists completed by that date. 

Check Your Aid Acceptance Status

Did you accept your aid? Make sure that you have accepted the aid you plan to use for this semester. Aid will be applied to your cashier’s bill first, and the excess disbursed to you. Your bill will show your balance and anticipated aid. If the “Adjusted Amount Due” is negative, then your aid is covering your bill. If it is positive, that is a balance that you either need to pay or make payment arrangements for.  

►If you are not sure how to review and accept your aid, click here.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Get to know Financial Wellness

Finances are personal and unique, especially for medical students committing to schooling longer than the traditional four-year college student. At UMKC School of Medicine, we value your success and tailor financial wellness to your specific experiences. From living on campus to preparing for residency, we’ll be with you to plan every expense every step of the way.

1:1 Financial Coaching

Our main service is financial coaching that is 100% student-focused. We can help students create and stick to a spending plan, discuss using credit and paying debt, and much more. We would love to talk to you about your specific financial situation and goals and empower you to practice healthy money-management habits.

To get started, please reach out to Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule a meeting.

Student Loan Review

It’s no secret that financial aid is confusing. Students often have many questions regarding their aid and how it affects their tuition, living expenses, and overall level of debt. We provide assistance with semester-based budgeting that accounts for student loans and additional aid. This helps students estimate expenses and ensure they take out the right level of aid for their education.

Resource Center

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Our Resource Center can provide clarity on personal finance topics that are relevant and updated often. Visit the Resource Center here.

Financial Wellness 8/9/21

►Bills Are Here!

The cashier’s office is releasing the final Fall semester bills on August 10th. To avoid holds, late fees, and a delay in class start dates, make sure you have your UMKC bill taken care of this week with these quick tips:

Check Your Budget

Ensure you are not taking out more debt than needed. List your personal and school expense for the year, and determine what income source you will need. Budget for the entire academic year with our budget worksheet or schedule a 1:1 budget session today!

►Get the worksheet: 

Check Your To-Do List

If you are missing any steps in the financial aid process, you’ve received emails with action items to complete. Additionally, log on to Pathway and make sure you’ve completed all outstanding items on your To-Do lists located on the right-hand side. 

If you have accepted loans to cover this year’s charges, have you completed the required entrance counseling and signed the promissory note? Log onto Studentaid.gov with your FAFSA ID to ensure you’ve completed these required steps. 

ALL forms of financial aid will begin disbursing to student accounts one week prior to the start of the semester (August 16th) so be sure to have all of your checklists completed by that date. 

Check Your Aid Acceptance Status

Did you accept your aid? Make sure that you have accepted the aid you plan to use for this semester. Aid will be applied to your cashier’s bill first, and the excess disbursed to you. Your bill will show your balance and anticipated aid. If the “Adjusted Amount Due” is negative, then your aid is covering your bill. If it is positive, that is a balance that you either need to pay or make payment arrangements for.  

►If you are not sure how to review and accept your aid, click here.

___________________________________________________________________________

►Get to know Financial Wellness

Finances are personal and unique, especially for medical students committing to schooling longer than the traditional four-year college student. At UMKC School of Medicine, we value your success and tailor financial wellness to your specific experiences. From living on campus to preparing for residency, we’ll be with you to plan every expense every step of the way.

1:1 Financial Coaching

Our main service is financial coaching that is 100% student-focused. We can help students create and stick to a spending plan, discuss using credit and paying debt, and much more. We would love to talk to you about your specific financial situation and goals and empower you to practice healthy money-management habits.

To get started, please reach out to Kristian at brennonk@umkc.edu to schedule a meeting.

Student Loan Review

It’s no secret that financial aid is confusing. Students often have many questions regarding their aid and how it affects their tuition, living expenses, and overall level of debt. We provide assistance with semester-based budgeting that accounts for student loans and additional aid. This helps students estimate expenses and ensure they take out the right level of aid for their education.

Resource Center

Looking for more information on a specific topic? Our Resource Center can provide clarity on personal finance topics that are relevant and updated often. Visit the Resource Center here.