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Making the Online Connection: Personal Finance Education

Select from the list below to learn more about financial management:

GENERAL:

Federal Trade Commission
ftc.gov/bcp/consumer.shtm
The FTC is a government site that provides financial information for both teachers and students and explains how to file claims against people or groups that are in violation of government laws. The site also has “hot topics” such as identity theft and disaster relief fraud alerts. This is a great research site.
Consumer Information Center
www.pueblo.gsa.gov
One-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services.
California 4-H Youth Development Program
www.ca4h.org
Site devoted to youth empowerment through, citizenship, leadership, and life skills.
NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
hsfpp.nefe.org
This site for teens, parents, and teachers provides a financial literacy curriculum written by the National Endowment for Financial Education, UC Cooperative Extension, and America’s Credit Unions.
Young Americans Center for Financial Education
www.yacenter.org
Youth/teen/young adult site to further the economic education of young people so they will be competent and knowledgeable in managing their financial affairs and may prosper in the free enterprise system.
Federal Reserve Education
www.federalreserveeducation.org
On this site you can find links to instructional materials and tools that can increase your understanding of the Federal Reserve, economics and financial education.

MONEY MANAGEMENT:

Where Does Your Money Go
www.pbs.org/newshour/on2/budget.html
PBS site aimed at older teens/young adults on managing money and budgeting.
A College Student Budget
www.edwise.org
EDFUND and UCLA developed the EdWise Online Financial Planning Guide in a collaborative effort to provide a useful loan management tool for students.
Young Money
www.youngmoney.com
A magazine devoted to youth/teens and their money.
Practical Money Skills (VISA)
www.practicalmoneyskills.com
Site has links, overheads, teaching aids, lesson plans, games, and tutorials for teachers, parents, and students. Materials are offered in English/Spanish and includes curriculum standards.

CAR BUYING:

Edmunds
www.edmunds.com
Provides information on the different values of new and used cars as well as articles that are related to car economics. Teens can input characteristics they want in a car and then see if they can realistically afford it. They can also shop for cars online.
Kelley Blue Book
www.kbb.com
Provides information on the values of new and used cars. Teens can input characteristics they want in a car and then see if they can realistically afford it. They can also shop for cars online.
Car Info
www.carinfo.com
Provides information on the different values of new and used cars. Teens can input characteristics they want in a car and then see if they can realistically afford it. There are also tips on leasing and car maintenance. They can also shop for cars online.
Car Buying Tips
www.carbuyingtips.com
Provides car buyers with tips on purchasing a car. Everything from financing to improving your credit to lower interest rates are covered.
Auto Financing 101
www.autofinancing101.org<
This website was created to keep Americans well informed on automobile retailing economics.

SAVINGS & INVESTING:

The Mint
www.themint.org
This site provides financial information for teens such as how to save and how to start investing. There are also special sections for young kids, parents, and teachers. This site is loud and colorful. Very fun!

CREDIT:

Cost of Paying: Minimum Balance Calculator
www.bankrate.com
This is a financial website which provides readers with recent economic studies and current issues. They also have a variety of financial calculators as well as advice on issues from mortgages to college savings. Very informational.
Right on the Money
www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/collegebookorder.htm
Financial Know-How for Financial Freedom is a 65 page booklet geared for college students with information on banking, budgeting, financial aid, credit and more.
Annual Credit Report
www.annualcreditreport.com
This website provides teens/adults with FREE credit reports, one from each of the major credit reporting agencies. You can order them from this website or print them out immediately.
Experian
www.experian.com
One of the three major credit reporting agencies. You may order your credit report or any other credit reporting services for a fee from this site.
Trans Union
www.transunion.com
One of the three major credit reporting agencies. You may order your credit report or any other credit reporting services for a fee from this site.
Equifax
www.equifax.com
One of the three major credit reporting agencies. You may order your credit report or any other credit reporting services for a fee from this site.

FOOD SHOPPING:

Eat Fit
eatfit.net
This site provides nutrition information for all ages. There are recipes, interactive games, exercise tips and a section just for teachers.

FINANCIAL INTERNET GAMES:

Take the Grand Scam Challenge
www.ftc.gov/grandscam
This site is an extension of the FTC website and provides teens with three different games to test their financial knowledge. Very Entertaining! Full of great information!
“Test Your Money $marts”
www.sec.gov/investor/tools/quiz.htm
This game is part of the US Securities and Exchange Commission website. Multiple choice questions are presented on various money issues.
Escape From Knab
www.escapefromknab.com
In this game students are stuck on planet Knab, and are given $10,000 to find a way off. The students must budget their money wisely in order to make it off the planet and start their journey home.
It All Adds Up
www.italladdsup.org
This site is for high school teens and provides information and games in the following areas: Getting and Using a Credit Card, Saving and Investing, Buying a Car, and Budgeting. This is a great site for older teens. $am disagrees with the way the site classifies fixed and variable expenses. Remember a fixed expense is the same every month, like rent, and a variable expense changes like an electricity bill. Everybody's fixed and variable expenses are different, it depends on your situation.

OTHER:

Consumer World
www.consumerworld.com
This website is a composition of various articles that are of interest to consumers. Articles are updated and changed weekly.
Consumer Jungle
www.consumerjungle.org
This site is for students, parents, and teachers. It discusses various financial issues as well as provides games for students.
Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov/kids
The official Social Security website allows you to check your personal information or check on your future benefits.
Money Factory
www.moneyfactory.gov/newmoney
This site explores the history of money, providing colorful and fun pictures of US currency over the last few hundred years. Great for all ages!
Understanding Taxes
www.irs.gov/app/understandingTaxes
This site is sponsored by the IRS and describes the basic concept of taxes. There are separate sections for teachers and students where the material is presented in a fun educational way.
Financial Aid
http://finaid.org
This site is the official financial aid website, providing teens with information about applying for federal aid as well as applying for grants and scholarships. This is the most important financial aid website!
Broke Scholar
www.brokescholar.com
Broke Scholar provides information to teens on how to find and apply for legitimate scholarships. This is a very useful site!
The Federal Reserve
www.federalreserve.gov/kids
This site is geared for younger students and describes the way the Federal Reserve works across the country.
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