Links and Other Extras

Here are some of my very favorite financial web sites. They offer great information without overusing jargon or trying to sell you something. Give them a try!

Borrowing

BankRate: BankRate is an invaluable resource for all kinds of borrowing information, and more.

Credit.com: Smart advice on all kinds of debt, and a resource to find credit card deals

CreditCards.com: For information on the best credit card deals and advice on how to use credit wisely.

College Planning

FastWeb: If you’re looking for scholarships, here’s the place. This free site boasts 1.3 million scholarships worth more than $3 billion.

FinAid: Everything you’ll ever want to know about the finances of a college education.

SavingForCollege:  This is the best source for 529 plans.

Consumer Information

Consumerist.com: A favorite site of mine, profiling the ridiculousness of consumer experiences.

ConsumerAffairs.com: Offering articles about consumer issues and scams.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A place to report complaints and learn about consumer issues.

Federal Trade Commission:  Get consumer info here and file complaints if you’ve been wronged.

Ripoff Report: Read about other consumers’ experiences with companies and get consumer tips here.

Estate Planning

National Association of Estate Planners and Councils: A good starting point to search for an estate planning or elder care attorney.

Financial Education

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE): This non-profit offers information on just about every money topic and also has sister sites worth checking out.

Finding a Financial Advisor

Financial Planning Association (FPA): This is a great resource if you’re looking for a Certified Financial Planner.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA): If you want a fee-only financial planner, check out this organization.

Insurance

Insurance Information Institute – If you have insurance questions, this is a great resource to get the answers you need, without worrying about having a salesman at your door.

LIFE Foundation – A great educational site by this non-profit, with everything you ever wanted to know about insurance.

Investing

Morningstar: If you’re researching mutual funds, there’s no resource like Morningstar.

Legal Issues

Consumer Action: A non-profit advocacy organization working to promote financial literacy and consumer rights.

National Consumer Law Center (NCLC): This nonprofit advocacy organization works to help low-income and other economically disadvantaged Americans.

Social Security

Social Security Administration: This is the place to find information about your specific benefits, and a great resource for projecting your future benefits.

Taxes

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Yup. The IRS. Despite the shivers the name causes for so many, its web site is actually great. Give it a try.

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