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Becoming Financially Literate
- Iowa State University Extension Service has several useful links to help with your financial questions and concerns. It provides a helpful guide for managing the unnecessary everyday expenditures that tend to add up as we overlook them. It also provides a comprehensive discussion of life-long money management techniques including strategies for protecting oneself from online fraud and planning for retirement.
- MyMoney.gov is a government website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The US Department of Securities and Exchanges provides an outline for organizing your financial information as well as approaches to savings and investment.
- The Social Security Administration has developed a helpful publication titled, "What Every Woman Should Know".
Affordable Housing and Homeownership:
- Visit the Iowa Finance Authority for information about affordable housing and financing options for homeownership.
- Iowa Finance Authority's Iowa Mortgage Help project provides information specifically about avoiding home foreclosure.
Credit Repair and Avoiding Predatory Lending:
- Use the Federal Trade Commission to find resources on improving your credit and living.
- Learn about this danger or predatory lending at the website of The US Department on Housing and Urban Development. A credible agency will be willing to help you with little to no fees attached.
- The wrong companies will give you empty promises and leave you in more debt than when you started. Learn the facts about these companies at the Center for Responsible Lending.
Simple Ways to Save Money:
- Visit the Consumer Federation of America, America Saves to find advice on controlling often overlooked budget drains.
- The Iowa State University Extension website lists ideas for conserving resources to save money throughout the year.
- The Iowa Utilities Board explains the tricks to saving money by conserving energy.