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Made a money resolution? Financial resource fairs coming to Michigan

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For those who list getting into better financial shape among their goals for 2018, experts are coming to communities across the state to help connect people with the resources they need to be financially fit.

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan is organizing 39 different "Show Me the Money Day" events around the state in January and February. They're offering free assistance on a variety of topics, from applying for college financial aid to budgeting to buying a house.

Allyson Brooks, a financial empowerment associate with CEDAM, said they're a way to kick off tax season and promote opportunities to increase income and build assets.

"Even getting free tax assistance can save a low-to-moderate-income family thousands of dollars per year," Brooks said. "And that's really what it's all about, is putting the money back in Michigan families' wallets. "

Information on where and when to find these events is at ShowMeTheMoneyDay.org.

Brooks said the goal is to put all the financial resources people will need at different stages of their lives in one place, because she said in a financial pinch, it's too easy to make the wrong decision.

"Payday lending, using pawn shops as a resource," she cited as examples. "So one thing we want to do is make sure that everything is in one spot, the financial mainstream is accessible for everyone."

Last year, more than 3,000 Michiganders attended Show Me The Money Day events.

Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007.