Managing Your Money

The Naperville Public Library is one of the best places to go for free, unbiased resources on all aspects of personal finance. 

 

Healthy Savings Habits

  • America Saves
    Savings tips, strategies, and resources to help build personal wealth.
  • Choose to Save: Savings Tips
    Helpful tips from Choose to Save, the award-winning national financial education program.
  • Feed the Pig
    Interactive site designed to help young adults ages 25-34 gain control of the finances.
  • Get More Money Now
    Savings tips from the Better Business Bureau.
  • Ready Save Grow
    Safe and convenient ways to save from the U.S. Treasury Department.
  • TreasuryDirect
    Comprehensive site for saving and investing in U.S. Treasury securities.

 

Saving for College

 

Retirement Planning

 

Credit and Debt Management

 

Financial Emergencies

 

Financial Literacy

  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
    Developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.
  • Basics of Money
    How to budget, spend, and manage your money wisely from Kiplinger's.
  • Better Business Bureau Start With Trust
    Consumer news, hot marketplace topics, report a scam, check out a business or charity.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Created by the federal government to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or managing student loan debt.
  • Financial Capability Study
    Groundbreaking state-by-state findings, this study aims to assess and establish a baseline measure of the financial literacy of U.S. adults.
  • Marketplace Money
    Website for American Public Media's Marketplace Money radio show, nationally recognized for timely, relevant coverage of economics and personal finance.
  • Money 101
    Step-by-step guide to gaining control of your financial life.
  • MyMoney.gov
    U.S. government site dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics of financial education.
  • Save and Invest
    Free, unbiased information on saving, credit, car buying, and protecting your money from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

 

Housing, Mortgages, Foreclosures

 

Identity Theft and Financial Fraud

  • Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
    Learn how to deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
  • Investor Protection
    The tools you need to be an informed investor and avoid problems in the complex world of investing, from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
  • Fighting Identity Theft
    Consumer protection information from the U.S. Treasury Department Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
  • Financial Protection for Older Americans
    The U.S. Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans offers seniors information and tools to navigate safely through financial challenges.
  • OnGuardOnline.gov
    Practical tips from government and technology industry sources to help protect against Internet fraud.
  • IDTheftInfo.org
    Created by the Consumer Federation of America, includes vital information about identity theft for consumers, victims, and businesses.


Basic Banking Services

  • Bankrate
    Compare rates for checking, savings, CDs, and mortgages. Also includes bank ratings and calculators to compare borrowing costs. 
  •  America's Credit Unions
    Website for the Credit Union National Associaton, providing information on locating and joining a credit union and the latest news in consumer finance.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
    Resources to educate and protect consumers about banks, Internet banking, loans, mortgages and fraud protection. 
  • Help With My Bank
    Created by the U.S. Treasury, this site reinforces the fair treatment of national bank customers and answers questions on credit cards, mortgages, and loans.

 

Insurance