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Personal Finance: at Home

Authoritative and up-to-date resources for managing your money.

When it comes to managing money, we could all use a little guidance now and then. The library offers resources to help you keep your finances on track. Watch a Lynda tutorial to learn to build a budget or track spending, research your next purchase using Consumer Reports Online, check out an e-book that suits your situation, or get the latest money news in popular magazines on Flipster

Magazines

Kiplinger's Personal FinanceDownload now with Flipster (Vernon Area Library card required).

MoneyDownload now with Flipster (Vernon Area Library card required).

Online Resources

Access these resources anytime, anywhere with your Vernon Area Library card.

Auto Finance Resource: Compare current auto loan rates from national and local banks and credit unions.

Consumer Reports Online: Consumer product recommendations, brand reliability and buying advice. Contains the full content of the magazine as well as ratings, reviews, recommendations, and special features. Get the most out of your money by buying smart! Check out the Consumer Reports on your next car, appliance, or electronics purchase.

Consumers' Checkbook: Sensible purchasing includes doing your homework on contractors, physicians, and other professionals before you commit; look up professionals using Consumers' Checkbook. Ratings of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners, and many more.

Lynda.com: Learn how to create a budget using Microsoft Excel or iWork and track your finances like a pro. Lynda offers easy-to-follow video tutorials taught by experts.

On the Web

Let's Make a Plan offers users a broad range of resources including strategies, planning, and advice on choosing a certified financial planner that fits your needs. The site is equipped with calculators, learning center, and timely advice.

Money Management International brings together a host of personal finance tools for every user. Here you can find podcasts, calculators, webinars, and articles on a wide variety of subjects. Learn to budget, save, and navigate tricky financial situations such as lending to friends or starting a joint bank account.

MyMoney.gov is a comprehensive service provided by the federal government to help users make better saving, spending, investing, and borrowing decisions. Be sure to check out their strategies for protecting your finances from identity theft and other scams. Take a quiz and find out how financially savvy you are.

Practical Money Skills for Life is a comprehensive site created by Visa and dedicated to providing education and resources to boost financial literacy. Watch videos, take challenges, and download useful apps to keep you on track when you're on the go.

The Simple Dollar offers expert advice on how to use credit to your advantage. Blogs, tips and tricks, and links to the best kinds of cards for your budget and lifestyle. Learn how to smartly use credit cards for maximum reward.