Take several of these 41 free money management courses to brush up on your money skills (without going further into debt, or wrecking your budget).
Do you know you need financial help, but you can't really afford it? Lucky for you, there are free money management courses dealing with everything — debt, budgeting, investing, financial planning, etc.
I've collected 41 free money management courses for you below. Use these to get on your feet, financially, and start that upward trend in your finances you've been hoping for!
General Personal Finance Courses
Were you offered a Personal Finance 101 course in high school? Didn't think so. Most people weren't, which is why you might want to start off your free online money management course selection with a general personal finance course.
Get schooled on an overview of money subjects by checking out a course below.
Creator: Mitchell D. Weiss
Length: 17 segments, 80 videos
Mitchell D. Weiss teaches this free personal finance course at The University of Hartford and has brought it to Udemy to reach more people. The course covers many personal finance topics, including:
- how to evaluate loans and credit cards
- how to protect yourself from ID theft
- how to compare and buy insurance
- how to handle financial adversity
Creator: Money Coach, with help of a financial advisor
Length: 52 videos
Personal Finance 101 is three hours of content and 52 videos covering a range of topics including:
- credit cards
- student loans
- retirement planning
- ID fraud
- saving for goals
Creator: Nagarjun Nagesh
Length: 4.5 hours
Nagarjun Nagesh has improved his finances significantly over the last five years, and now he has created a 4.5 hour long course to teach others to do the same.
This course will discuss:
- paying down debt
- creating an emergency fund
- managing your income
- creating lasting wealthy through investments
Creator: Ferris Wee and Peggy Chan of the Institute for Financial Literacy
Length: 1.5 hours (27 lectures)
Wee and Chan lead a 1.5-hour course with 27 lectures provided by the Institute for Financial Literacy.
Topics covered include:
- financial goals
- debt management
This course puts an emphasis on setting S.M.A.R.T goals for success.
#5: FIN 150: Personal Finance
Creator: Missouri State University
Length: 8 parts, 18-30 minutes/part
Presented by Missouri State University, this 8-part course explains personal finance topics from consumer and societal perspectives.
- time value
- personal finance
Each part is approximately 18 to 30 minutes.
Free Money Management Courses and Free Money Management Classes
Free money management courses and money management classes can help you with how to manage your paychecks, and your savings, and your investments, and your debts, as a WHOLE, rather than just looking at everything separately.
Because they're all related, right? And the decisions that you make about one category of money will directly affect another category of money management. For example, if you decide to pay down debt quicker, then you likely won't be adding money (or as much money) to your savings.
Sharpen up your money management skills by taking a few of these free money management courses below.
Creator: Art Carden
Length: 38 minutes
Art Carden is an Economics Professor at Stamford University and writes regularly for Forbes. This course is great for those who need some humor (Carden jokes that bank robbers and selling meth are out for ways to pay down debt.)
The course is 38 minutes long and covers five topics:
- getting started
- winning the market
- dealing with debt
- getting the most out of yourself
- parting thoughts.
Creator: Nelson Alvarez
Length: 1 hour
Nelson Alvarez is a CPA intent on helping people wisely navigate the credit card system to earn rewards, increase wealth, and improve their credit scores. This one-hour course is on money management, with emphasis on wise credit card usage.
Creator: Emma Raisel
Length: 5 hours
Looking for a free money management course with an emphasis on the psychology of spending money? Emma Raisel is an Economics Professor and the Associate Chair of the department at Duke University. This 5-hour, 3-week course helps participants look at financial errors many of us make and encourages us to know the psychological patterns and choose differently to enhance our financial standing.
Length: 6-10 hours
In this 6 to 10-hour long course, learn how to manage your money, budget, and save. Need more value than that? You’ll also learn:
- how to how to manage a budget
- how to save for retirement
- how to set yourself up for a strong financial future
#5: Money Essentials
Platform: CNN Money
CNN Money has created several money management lessons including:
- Getting Started
- Getting a Job
- Buying a Car
- Starting to Invest
- Buying a Home
- Starting a Family
- Retirement Planning.
Creator: True Potential LLP
Length: 24 hours
An introductory course that is 24 hours long, topics include:
- managing budgets
- property purchase
Creator: Tom Ferry
Length: 18 minutes
This 18-minute YouTube video will explain how you can manage your money like the rich. It doesn't matter how much money you make – -it matters how you manage it.
Free Debt Courses
The thing about debt is, you often need help to get out of it (or to get out of it as quick as possible)…yet you're in debt. So, it's tough to pay for a course, right?
That's why I'm particularly excited about showing you free debt courses that should help you help yourself out of debt more quickly than the current path you're on.
Creator: Christine Williams
Length: <1 hour
This short course covers six topics related to paying down your debt:
- Introduction to Managing Your Personal Debts
- How to Negotiate Lower Credit Card Rates
- Prioritize Your Debts
- Strategy to Target Credit Card Debt
- Debt Elimination Plan.
This is an excellent course for getting the information quickly and putting it into action.
Creator: Tonja Rapley
Platform: My Fab Finance
Email course that covers all topics debt related such as:
- debt repayment strategies
- finding additional money to put on your debt
- learning your spending triggers
- understanding the difference between good and bad debt
Creator: Lauren Bowling
Lauren Bowling isn't a financial expert, but she's learned through her own debt payoff strategy, first paying off $10K from a shopping addiction after college and then paying down $8K from a home renovation project gone wrong.
She offers a free, comprehensive debt payoff course that includes seven lessons (with homework!).
Creator: Megan Buerkle
Platform: Crown: Founded by Larry Burkett
This video mini-course contains five steps, including:
- how and why debt happens
- steps on the journey
- the method
- living in freedom
I love that the first lesson in this course is understanding how and why debt happens so that when you finally become debt free, you don't go into debt again in the future.
Length: 12 hours
This course, which is approximately 12 hours, seeks to educate people on the high cost of debt. In addition, students learn to apply the financial planning model to the borrowing process.
Length: 15 minutes
A quick, 15 minute course, perfect for beginners, you'll learn how to manage your debt as well as common banking terms.
How Can I Learn to Budget My Money? Free Budget Classes
Budgeting is one of those words that makes most people cringe…and yet, it can be just the thing that changes your whole money world. Take one of these free budget classes, actually sit down to make a budget, WORK the budget, and tell me after a few months if you agree.
Psst: don't forget to soak up all my free budget advice, as well!
#1: Budgeting Basics
Creator: Allison Baggerly
Platform: Inspired Budget
Baggerly and her husband were newlyweds who were $111K in debt when Baggerly became pregnant with their first child. She read everything she could on creating a budget, and within 4.5 years they had paid off all of their debt.
This email course is six days long and includes topics like:
- writing a budget
- finding items you're missing from your budget
- funding cash envelopes
- paying off debt.
Creator: Eric Poulin
Length: 20 parts (2-3 minutes/part)
Eric Poulen, CEO of CalendarBudget, offers this one hour course that covers how to establish a budget and use CalendarBudget as the tool for your budget. There is a 20 part section on daily budget habits (each section is about 2 to 3 minutes long).
Creator: My Money Coach
Platform: My Money Coach
Length: 16 videos (1-2 minutes each)
This course is comprised of 16 short videos (most one to two minutes long) that cover everything you need to budget successfully, whether you're an absolute beginner or a more experienced budgeter looking to budget more successfully.
A free downloadable workbook is also included.
Creator: Brett Romero
Length: 1 hour
Brett Romero of Bitesize Business School, offers this 14-part, one hour workshop that helps you to look at your budget and plan for ALL expenses whether they occur weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Creator: Eric Harris
Length: 33 minutes
In just 33 minutes, Harris will teach you how to create your own budget using Excel. This course is created for absolute beginners who may not have any Excel experience.
Creator: Utah State University
Platform: Utah State University Extension Office
This course is a series of Power Point slides that are downloaded to your computer. The main topics include:
- setting financial goals
- creating a monthly budget
- tracking your money using a check register
- creating a cash flow plan
Creator: Melanie D. Jewkes, M.S.
Platform: Utah State University
Length: < 1 hour
Jewkes, an Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences created this 11 page course that covers everything you need to know to set up an initial budget. Complete with graphics, this is a fairly quick read that can have you setting up your own budget in less than an hour.
Free Investment Courses – Personal Finance Courses for Adults
Investing money is not a skill we're born with. And it's probably the number one thing parents tell me they want their kids to learn…mostly because they never learned it themselves and they wish they had.
Here are free investment courses, for adults. If nothing else, they might help you to finally understand what the heck you're looking at when you get those quarterly 401(k) statements.
Creator: Peggy Chan
Length: 1 hour
Chen, a Financial Literacy Trainer with the Institute for Financial Literacy, offers this one-hour course on basic investing concepts, such as:
- investment objectives
- risk and return
- risk tolerance
- asset allocation factors Chen is a financial literacy trainer with the Institute for Financial Literacy.
Creator: John Ducas
Length: 1.5 hours
This 1.5 hour-course starts at the beginning by answering what a stock is and moves on to more advanced topics such as the IPO process, reading a financial statement, and value investing. This course received strong reviews and is great for anyone who is looking to learn more about the stock market and investing in it.
Creator: Morningstar Staff
Length: 10 minutes/course
Morningstar offers 172 free investing courses covering stocks, funds, bonds, and portfolio building! Each course can be completed in about 10 minutes and the topics are suitable for beginners but also include advanced topics.
Creator: Jalpan Dave
Length: 1 hour
Designed for young professionals, this one-hour course seeks to dispel the confusion about how to invest and what to invest in. Topics include how to overcome the fear of investing, how to always have enough money to invest, what is the best investment strategy, and how to use a platform.
Platform: Brigham Young University
Length: 45 minutes
Brigham Young University offers three different courses on investing — beginning, intermediate, and advanced. This course is advanced and each of the nine lessons takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. At the end of the course, students will have a thorough understanding of investing.
Free Online Coupon Courses
Did you know there are free online coupon courses? Literally, these courses will pay you dividends in food and toiletry savings over the years!
Creator: Passion for Saving
Platform: Passion for Saving
Length: 15 minutes
Sign up for Passion for Savings' email list and get this 15-minute crash course in couponing.
#2: How to Coupon
Creator: Jenny Martin
Platform: Southern Savers
Length: 2 hours
This two-hour course is completely free. You don't even have to give your email address! Topics include:
- gathering and organizing coupons
- using online resources to find deals
- effectively using coupons
- strategies for paying the lowest price at drugstores
#3: Couponing 101
Creator: Jennie LeAnne
Platform: Bargain Blessings
This course is comprised of seven topics, each a lengthy blog post. Topics include all of the basics you need to know to save money couponing (including ethical couponing). Jennie LeAnne has made multiple media appearances sharing her coupon expertise.
Free Personal Financial Planning Courses
Personal finances takes planning — that's for sure! I mean, you can wing it. And by “wing it”, I mean, pay taxes without planning anything out for possible tax savings, head into retirement without doing any sort of planning, and live your month by paycheck without a real plan for how to save up more money and get away from the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.
But by planning your personal finances? You can really start to get ahead. That's why I've included a section on free personal financial planning courses.
Creator: Michael S. Gutter, Ph.D.
Length: 13 hours
This course is 13 hours long and is approximately 9 weeks long. Topics include:
- personal finance
- financial statements
- managing income taxes
- building and maintaining good credit
- investment fundamentals
Creator: Rajiv Khatlawala
Length: 1 hour
Khatlawala is a Chartered and Cost Accountant from India and is a published author. In this one-hour course, he covers:
- the starting point of wealth creation
- key concepts of financial planning
- the basic process of wealth creation.
Creator: Purdue University
Platform: Purdue University
Length: 10 modules
This course has 10 modules and covers everything you need to know about, and plan for, your retirement. The course explores:
- social security
- employer retirement programs
- your lifestyle in retirement
- enjoying retirement
Creator: Christopher Rose
Designed for professionals between the ages of 20 and 40, this course explores topics that will help you achieve financial independence before the typical retirement age.
- creating a personal budget and investing strategy
- aligning your spending with your values
- creating a lifestyle that supports financial independence
Creator: Gautam Kaul
Length: 6 weeks, 5-6 hours/week
Kaul, a Professor of Finance at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, offers this free 6-week course that is expected to take 5 to 6 hours per week to complete.
You learn how to understand and apply frameworks and tools to make smart financial choices.
Free Courses on Saving Money
I'm all about saving money, and I just love that there are free courses on how to save money available!
Creator: MAWMedia Group, LLC
Length: 40 minutes
Designed by a husband and wife team, Michael A. Wright, Ph.D. and Tauyna Wright, R.N., this 40-minute course covers the topics:
- wealth mindset & giving
- principles of personal philanthropy
- teaching the virtue of paying it forward
Creator: Utah State University
Platform: Utah State University
This course, created by the Utah State University faculty, includes a 15-page packet filled with ways to slash your expenses so you have more ways to save as well as three videos.
WHEW. That's a whole lotta free money management courses to go through! Since I've given you the length of time for each, choose ones where you know you've got the time to get through (such as a <1 hour course for your lunch break this Wednesday).
And don't forget to actually IMPLEMENT what you learn. You'll start to see the changes in your life from it, which will motivate you want to learn and implement even more!