Financial

American Savings Education Council
A nonprofit national coalition of public- and private-sector institutions undertaking initiatives to raise public awareness about what is needed to ensure long-term personal financial independence.

Federal Trade Commission
Works to ensure that the nation’s markets are vigorous, efficient and free of restrictions that harm consumers.

Consumer Handbook to Credit Protection Laws
A repository of information on consumers credit, provided by the Federal Reserve Board.

FirstGov.gov
The official U.S. gateway to all government information, is the catalyst for a growing electronic government, including consumer information.

The Investors Clearinghouse
Investor education resources from 21 leading non-profit, governmental and self-regulatory associations and agencies; provides investors with access to a full range of information needed to make wise investment decisions.

The Young Investor Website
A way for kids to learn the fundamentals of money and investing in a comfortable, familiar and interactive environment, was developed by Liberty Financial Companies.

Financial Help for Everyone
Myvesta.org a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people create healthy financial lives by provide a wide range of materials to inspire and inform people so that they can break down their barriers to financial and personal success.

Money in Marriage
A collection of interactive activities and resources for educational programs designed to increase communication and money management skills of engaged or recently married couples.

 

It’s Your Credit

Your credit report is a detailed record of your credit activities from the past 7-10 years. Credit reports are increasingly important to everyday life—getting a job, obtaining an affordable loan or insurance policy, or renting a home.

Everyone is entitled by law to three free credit reports each year—one from each of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. You can order your free reports through the mail, by phone or the official website annualcreditreport.com.

UW-Extension will help you remember to order your reports through our “2/2, 6/6, 10/10” educational campaign. We suggest that you view one report every four months to be sure your information is up-to-date and accurate. Sign up at “Check Your Free Credit Report” . This website lets you sign up through UW-Extension to get three email reminders throughout the year.

No one will keep an eye on your credit report for you. Regular, careful reviews of your credit report will help you identify any incorrect or fraudulent information, and it can help protect you from identity theft. For more information, contact Jeanne Walsh Chippewa County UW-Extension Family Living Educator at jeanne.walsh@ces.uwex.edu or (715)726-7950.