Organization holds free courses on how to budget money on minimum wage

CHARLOTTE — A local women’s organization is kicking off Black History Month with free courses to help people manage their money.

The Queen City Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is hosting four workshops.

“Our kickoff session this Saturday is our ‘Can You Spare a Dime?’” said LaToya Pearson, president of the chapter. “And it’s a budget simulator, and it really puts you in the mind frame of trying to live off of the minimum wage here in Charlotte, along with the cost of living. So, you have to make decisions on housing when it comes to rent and mortgage, your utilities, child care, and really understand and give people a perspective of what it’s like to live off of minimum wage in the city.”

The workshops are focused on Black women and girls.

“We’re going to take our time here and give participants the opportunity to work with a credit specialist, where they can look at their credit report, and help them increase their credit from a points standpoint, as well as understanding what’s on your credit. Understanding what it means to gain points, how your everyday spending impacts your credit.”

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