Financial Literacy

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, Alexandria Library has compiled the following resources for money management and financial planning. These resources provide guidance on topics such as getting out of debt, investing, affording college, buying and selling real estate, long-term care, and retirement planning.

The Charles Schwab guide to finances after fifty    Happy money : the science of smarter spending     Financially fearless : the LearnVest Program for taking control of your money     Local dollars, local sense : how to shift your money from Wall Street to Main Street and achieve real prosperity     How to age in place : planning for a happy, independent, and financially secure retirement

Solve your money troubles : debt, credit & bankruptcy     The big retirement risk : running out of money before you run out of time     The behavior gap : simple ways to stop doing dumb things with money     Money : a love story : untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want     The money saving mom's budget

Catalog Topics

Personal Finance

Personal Finance for Kids

Personal Finance for Teens

Personal Finance (Spanish)

Databases (Library Card# needed to access offsite databases)

Business Insights: Essentials
Business Insights brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database designed to help patrons reach their investment goals.

Small Business Collection
Perfect for business schools and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.

Small Business Resource Center
Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


Online Journals

The library subscribes to 113 online journals related to Financial Management & Planning. Titles include Consumer Reports Money Adviser, Journal of Personal Finance, Money, Money Life, and more.


How to Make Your Money Go Further - Virginia Cooperative Extension
16 page PDF with worksheets to help you take control over your own money. 

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
The 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy Web site offers general information for managing personal finances and does not recommend specific financial actions. For financial advice tailored to your situation, please contact an expert such as a CPA or a personal financial advisor.

Federal Reserve
Federal Reserve Website with teaching tools for children and adults. The site provides personal finance, banking, credit, and consumer protection tools for patrons.

Our Kids and Money
McGraw-Hill Financial launched this website to help families make their children smarter about money. This site includes information, ideas and tools that can help educate and inspire children of all ages — from preschool to college – about earning, spending, saving and sharing money. You can use sidebar links to navigate the site by your child’s age or by the topic you want to cover.

Save And Invest
This website provides unbiased financial tools and information for military families and all investors from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Smart About Money
Smart About Money or SAM, is a program of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) a nonprofit national foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families through every stage of life.

On Your Own
On Your Own is brought to you by Smart About Money, or SAM. SAM is a free, unbiased resource where you can find tips, articles, resources, and tools to help you understand financial basics and make decisions for your life situation.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau site helps consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in fine print. In a market that works, consumers should be able to make direct comparisons among products and no provider should be able to use unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.

Financial Advice Every College Graduate Needs - Fundera is a finance website that covers many aspects of financial literacy and is relatable to college graduates. Topics include finding a job, dealing with student loans, establishing savings, keeping a good credit score, retirement, and more. This guide complements resources for college seniors/graduates. 

"How to Choose a Bank After College" This article compares the different types of banks with the different types of accounts that they offer. A quick read that's condensed just to the important information.

 "10 Job Search Mistakes of New College Grads" provides an easy to read list of job mistakes that new college graduates often make in business, and how to avoid them.


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