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!
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.
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.
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.
National Association of Estate Planners and Councils: A good starting point to search for an estate planning or elder care attorney.
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 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.
Morningstar: If you’re researching mutual funds, there’s no resource like Morningstar.
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 Administration: This is the place to find information about your specific benefits, and a great resource for projecting your future benefits.
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.