University of Illinois Extension

Sasha Grabenstetter
Extension Educator, Consumer and Family Economics
Grundy/Kankakee/Will Unit
1650 Commerce Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815-933-8337
FAX: 815-933-8532
swhitley@illinois.edu

Sasha Grabenstetter is the Family and Consumer Economics Educator for Grundy, Kankakee and Will Counties.

Grabenstetter graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences specializing in Personal Financial Planning. At Texas Tech University, she earned a Master of Science degree in Personal Financial Planning focusing on pro bono financial planning and financial counseling. During her time there, she worked as the graduate assistant with Professor Dr. Dottie Durband on "Apple Seed - the Student Guide to Pro Bono Financial Planning" - a grant funded by the Foundation for Financial Planning.

Grabenstetter grew up in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. She has always been passionate about education but was not sure about her calling until she learned about financial planning. Grabenstetter currently lives in Kankakee County with her husband and their two cats.

Grabenstetter's professional associations include the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and the Financial Therapy Association.

Program Offerings

Financial Tips for Retirees:

Managing money changes as our life stage changes. What do you need to do as a retiree? This program provides you with six financial strategies especially important to retirees.

Getting through Tough Financial Times:

Hone your skills in budgeting and debt management to tackle through any financial difficulty. This workshop will give you tips for reducing spending, prioritizing debt, contacting creditors, and paying down debt.

Debunking Credit Scores:

To most people credit scores are mysterious and alien to them. Your credit report goes into a black box and it spits out your FICO score. Have you ever wondered what goes into your credit score? Or even how to improve it? In this program you’ll learn what factors impact your score positively and negatively as well as understanding how delinquent accounts effect your financial wellbeing.

Choosing a Financial Professional:

Many people are hesitant to work with a financial professional because they are not sure who to trust, or how to evaluate a financial professional’s expertise. This program explains the broad range of types of financial professionals and encourages people to ask financial professional informed questions.

Specialized Programs:

The following programs have been created by our Consumer Economics educator for the 2014 – 2015 calendar year. If you would like more information about these particular programs – please contact Sasha for more details.

  • Present Preparation & Other Holiday Budgeting Tips
  • Tax Time, Facts Time
  • New Year, New Budget
  • Vacation or Staycation?
  • Save Smart, Spend Smart
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Differences with Dollars
  • Creating a Financial Center in Your Home
  • Money Matters for Kids!
  • Bang for your Back to School Bucks

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