Best Personal Finance Websites

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Visit the websites below to learn how to manage your finances wisely to safeguard your future.

Nolo's Personal Finance Section
www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/personal-finance/
At Nolo, you'll find clear, useful information on the basics of money management (creating a budget and setting up an emergency reserve fund), as well as more complex financial considerations (purchasing a home and paying for college or graduate school). Guidance tailored for teens, college students, recent graduates, and women is also offered. Also includes mortgage, retirement, saving, and credit card calculators. 

MyMoney.gov
www.mymoney.gov
This is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching Americans the basics about personal finance. You'll find financial calculators, budgeting worksheets, and checklists. Information is aggregated from over twenty different federal websites. Popular topics are highlighted and a free personal financial toolkit can be ordered here.

USA TODAY
www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/default.htm
The personal finance section of USA TODAY presents consumers with useful and up-to-date financial news. Tips and advice are offered for people at all stages of life. Visitors may find particularly useful the financial calculators and the downloadable Real Person's Budget spreadsheet.

CNNMoney.com
http://money.cnn.com/pf/
A good place to start on this site is the Money 101 section, which provides a step-by-step guide to gaining control of your financial life. Topics covered include selecting insurance, hiring financial help, and estate planning.

SmartMoney
www.smartmoney.com/
Up-to-date, practical news and advice on a wide array of personal finance topics: marriage & divorce, elder care, spending, and more. Worksheets help consumers decide between leasing or buying a car, select a health plan, and compare credit card offers.

The Consumerist
http://consumerist.com/
If you like your personal finance news served with a side of snark, The Consumerist is the blog for you. The "How To" section of the website (under "Topics") provides tips on being frugal, budgeting, and saving money.

Consumer Reports
www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/index.htm
Consumer Reports' expert ratings require a paid membership, but lots of content is available at the magazine's website for free. The Money section contains information on banking and credit, personal investing, retirement, insurance, taxes, and other personal finance topics.

Kiplinger
www.kiplinger.com/
A good place to start on this website is the Basics section, where you can learn the basics of budgeting, saving for retirement, and investing. Online videos and slide shows present complex information in an easy-to-understand format. Popular articles are highlighted, directing users to the most useful information quickly.

Forbes
www.forbes.com/
Visit this site to learn about the nuts and bolts of investing. Guides to minimizing your tax burden, buying your first home, and saving for college are also offered. 

FDIC
www.fdic.gov/quicklinks/consumers.html
In addition to informing the public about the FDIC's primary duty of insuring deposits at covered banks, the FDIC's website offers information on identity theft, consumer protection, and mortgages. There is a Bank Find tool to find information on FDIC-insured banks and a link to the financial education program Money Smart.

Bankrate.com
www.bankrate.com/
If you're just starting your personal finance education, keep an eye out for Bankrate's "Basics" articles, which cover  essential personal finance topics such as investing, taxes, and life insurance. Information is presented step-by-step, and users are offered links to relevant decision tools.

Wise Bread
www.wisebread.com/
Wise Bread's motto is "Living large on a small budget," and its community of bloggers informs and advises readers on a variety of personal finance topics. Visit their how-to library to learn how to manage your debt, select a credit card, and protect your identity. Find other personal finance blogs on Wise Bread's list of top 100 personal finance blogs and through the offered link to the Money Tips Network.

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