When it comes to organizing their finances, most people just wonder where to start, said Samantha Sheppard.
Everyone who attended Sheppard's seminar at the Women's Show at the York Expo Center on Sunday left with a better idea of where to start.
“Most people get scared just thinking about it, so they don't do anything to get organized,” said Sheppard, a representative of Primerica, a North American financial services group with three locations in York. “They always think that they will have plenty of time.”
She talked to her audience about the significance of first realizing that a person should want to have a plan for their money in place.
Once people do that, they can think about their debt, expenses, what they are currently saving and if that matches where they want to go in the future, Sheppard said.
This was the second year that Primerica had a booth at the Women's Show. Sheppard said they met with about 200 women Saturday.
“Most of the women we talk to here are mothers who want to know how to take care of their kids, which is really good and speaks a lot for the women in York County,” said Sheppard.
More offerings: Other seminars at the 15th annual Women's Show covered topics like Social Security, women's health, holiday gift ideas, solar energy, organization and downsizing, quick and easy dinner solutions, and seasonal floral decorating advice.
Women left the show on Saturday and Sunday with bags stuffed full of free goodies from hundreds of vendors.
Snacks and wine tasting were the highlight for Joyce Smyser, 78, of Manchester Township, who attended the show with her daughter Deb Smyser, 37, also of Manchester Township.
“The belly dancing was really cool, too,” said Deb Smyser.
“We just like to come see what all they have,” Joyce Smyser said.
Barbara Carbaugh, president of The Peak 98.5, one of the show's main organizers, said she believed they had recordbreaking attendance for the weekend this year.
“Many women come and stay both days because there is a constant flow of things going on,” Carbaugh said.
“I think what people love is just being able to talk to the vendors,” she said. “We live in an online world and it's nice to see merchandize and sample the products.”
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