Setting a Budget and Building Credit During Critical Times Presentation & Resources

On Tuesday, June 23, Andrea Darden, Founder of Darden Wealth Group, and Ciara Merriman, Fidelity Retirement Planner, sat down via Zoom to talk about strategies for creating a budget, sticking to it, and improving your credit score in the process.

Click this link to view the full recorded presentation.

Click here to view a sample budget.

Special thank you to presenters Andrea Darden and Ciara Merriman. Here is their contact information:

Andrea B. Darden, AAMS
Ciara C. Merriman

Workshop Description: 
Knowing how to set a realistic budget can be challenging, especially when money is tight, your checks arrive in large lump sums, and in times of crisis. This workshop will teach you strategies for creating a budget, sticking to it, and even thinking about how to improve your credit score in the process.

Presenter Bios:  

Andrea Darden founded Darden Wealth Group in her quest to empower and educate clients and continue changing wealth management.  Andrea holds the Accredited Asset Manager Certification or AAMS and has taught Certified Financial Planning Courses or CFP®.  Currently, Andrea oversees all firm activities and strategies and is responsible for all the wealth and financial plans for the firm’s clients. Andrea attended Stetson University on a basketball scholarship, later winning two National Championships as a semi-pro basketball player.


Ciara C. Merriman, a Fidelity retirement planner, has more than five years with the company. She was previously a financial consultant for Fidelity’s Novi Branch Office. An investment advisor representative, registered securities representative, and licensed insurance representative, Ciara holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and english from the University of Michigan.