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Financial Fitness: Personal Finance

What is personal finance?

Personal finance includes all of the money-related decisions and activies of an individual, including budgeting, savings, investing, leases, loans and credit cards.  It is important to balance short-term and long-term needs.

If you have been relying on someone else, like your parents, to manage your financial life, it can be scary to take control yourself, but it is an important part of making it on your own, whether during or after college.  The information linked to in this guide can help you get informed and make good financial decisions.