Helpful Websites

There are a number of financial education resources that you may find useful outside of StudyMoney.us. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to start. We have included a few websites that have games. We think games are fun to play and can help reinforce some of the concepts that are included in this website. We have also included a number of websites that contain links to other valuable resources. Please let us know if you find additional resources not on this list that we should include.

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Better Money Habits

Bank of America teamed up with Khan Academy to create Better Money Habits, a free financial education platform for people from all walks of life to get practical, easy-to-understand knowledge about money. With hundreds of engaging videos, articles and resources, anyone can find precisely the right tools and information for their situation.

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together

Written by a millennial herself, this book is both entertaining and full of useful financial information that will help you get a grip on your personal finances. With a conversational and relatable tone, Broke Millennial is geared toward the 20-something crowd, but there are details in here that anyone would benefit from.

Building Your Financial House

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) website, Building Your Financial House, offers a curriculum of comprehensive financial education addressing investing in yourself, maximizing earnings, spending sensibly, checking taxes, making money work through saving and investing, protecting your financial potential, and borrowing to grow.

Consumer Credit Counseling

If you find yourself in need of help with credit counseling services, which include debt consolidation assistance and budgeting counseling, visit the website of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. You can find a list of approved agencies that provide credit counseling in Pennsylvania, and other related resources.

Counseling Network

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has a network of counselors throughout the state who provide free credit counseling, financial counseling and coaching, financial education, housing counseling, and first-time homebuyer education. Use the search tool to find a counseling agency in your county.

Financial Empowerment Centers

Pennsylvania has two Financial Empowerment Centers: one in Philadelphia, and another in Pittsburgh. Financial Empowerment Centers offer professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a free public service to enable residents to address their financial challenges and needs and plan for their futures.

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is a coalition of organizations that share an interest in advancing financial literacy among students. Jump$tart’s online clearinghouse has a very comprehensive collection of financial education resources, including booklets and pamphlets on specific topics, activities, online games, and teacher lesson plans. 

* Instructors may find this resource particularly useful.

Making Cents Project

A cooperative effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Penn State University, the Making Cents Project is working to improve financial education in Pennsylvania schools. Making Cents provides professional development for Pennsylvania educators, maintains a database of educators interested in personal finance and economic education, disseminates information to educators, curates financial education curriculum and resources, and researches the status of personal finance and economic education in the Commonwealth.

* Instructors may find this resource particularly useful.

Money Smart: A Financial Education Program

Created by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum that teaches the basics of handling money and finances, including how to budget, save money, and how to avoid making wrong decisions that may result in years of financial pain. The curriculum is available free of charge. There is also an instructor-led curriculum that includes specific information and supports for adult participants with disabilities. For additional information, call toll-free 877-275-3342.

* Instructors may find this resource particularly useful.

Money Under 30

This personal finance site has articles on practically everything you might need to know about managing your finances. Search around under a specific topic (like credit cards, debt payoff, or home buying) or check back regularly to find articles on the latest subjects in personal finance. For more information, visit MoneyUnder30.com.

MyMoney

MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government’s website dedicated to financial education. Resources are available to learn about budgeting, credit building, financial planning, understanding privacy issues, saving, and investing. There are links to other government programs that offer financial educational, such as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Federal Trade Commission. For more information, visit MyMoney.gov or call 1-800-FED-INFO (333-4636).

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

As the nation’s largest financial counseling organization, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) provides information about all of the non-profit credit counseling agencies in Pennsylvania. Credit counselors provide such services as credit/debt counseling, bankruptcy counseling, housing and mortgage counseling, and student loan debt counseling. For more information, go to www.nfcc.org.

Pathways PA

A non-profit organization with offices in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Pathways PA has several programs that are designed to help “women, teens, children and families achieve economic independence and family well-being.” Pathways PA has published several booklets on financial education and they, along with their volunteers, offer free tax preparation to filers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. For more information, visit their website www.pathwayspa.org or call 610-543-5022.

Practical Money Skills for Life

To help people learn about the essentials of personal finance, Visa has partnered with consumer advocates, educators, and financial institutions to develop the Practical Money Skills programs. You can access free educational resources, including personal finance articles, lesson plans, and games (including the popular Financial Football and Soccer games) from their website, www.practicalmoneyskills.com

USA.gov Consumer Issues

The USA.gov website has a section full of information to help you make better choices when buying products and services. There are tips about preventing identity theft, understanding credit, managing debt, purchasing a car, how to rent an apartment, how to file a complaint about a purchase, and so much more. They also provide some resources specifically for people with disabilities and seniors.

Your Money, Your Goals

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) developed a toolkit, Your Money, Your Goals, for front line staff and volunteers who work with individuals who are interested in establishing goals, learning about and choosing financial products, and building skills in managing money. There are free, downloadable booklets on such topics as savings, managing your bills and debt, and credit for students, people with disabilities, veterans and service members, and older adults and caregivers.

* Instructors may find this resource particularly useful.