Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Personal Finance Check-up

According to Chase's Calendar of Events, January is Financial Wellness Month, so along with losing weight, quitting smoking, etc., the new year is a good time to establish financial balance after all the holiday spending. Along with resources available through the Fauquier County Public Library, there are a number of resources are available online to help inspire you, including:

  • MyMoney.gov is a U.S. Government Web site dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about finances. The site offers important information in English or Spanish from 21 federal agencies, bureaus and departments that comprise the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC). Topics include budgeting and taxes; credit; financial planning; home ownership; children; paying for education; privacy, fraud, and scams; responding to life events; retirement planning; saving and investing; and starting a small business. Patrons canorder the “My Money” toolkit, which includes a consumer action handbook, a consumer information catalog, facts on saving and investing, questions to ask about investments, understanding Social Security, and FDIC insurance coverage. Calculators for college planning, credit card replacement, home buying and mortgages, retirement planning, investing, Social Security benefits, and tax withholding also are available.
  • Mint.com - See all your accounts (read-only format...it's not an online banking site) in one place; set a budget and pay down your debt; find the best ways to grow your money.
  • The Motley Fool – Provides premium investing advice and market-beating stock research.
  • SmartMoney.com - Check out their personal finance columns, including Smart Spending and Common Sense for money-saving ideas.
  • Wise Bread – Personal finance and frugal living forums that focus on "living large on a small budget."
  • Yahoo! Finance – Free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data.
~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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