FINANCIAL LITERACY/PERSONAL FINANCE

 

PwC Earn Your Future Lab

www.app.pwcfdnearnyourfuture.org

PwC, led by Financial Grownup Role Model “Bob Moritz has put together the “Earn Your Future” Digital Lab. It is a comprehensive financial literacy program designed for students in grades 3-12. From there you can also tap into one of, if not the most, comprehensive and impressive financial literacy resources for all ages by exploring the rest of their financial literacy offerings.  

 

NerdWallet

www.nerdwallet.com

Nerdwallet, led by Financial Grownup Role Model Tim Chen, has amazing information about everything credit cards, insurance, loans or expenses like hospital costs. 

 

Bank Rate

www.bankrate.com

My favorite part about this site is all their free calculators and investing tools. They also have a wealth of well-written articles to keep you informed about financial issues that matter to your bottom line. 

 

Daily Worth

www.dailyworth.com

Founded by Financial Grownup Role Model Amanda Steinberg, Daily Worth is an amazing resource aimed primarily at women. 

 

The Society of Grownups

www.societyofgrownups.com

Mass Mutual’s answer to financial literacy, they offer financial literacy classes, access to financial planners and more.

 

WalletHub

www.wallethub.com

Personal Finance website.

 

LifeHappens

www.lifehappens.org

Nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decision. 


CREDIT RESOURCES

 

Credit Karma

www.creditkarma.com/tools

Credit Karma has financial tools that can help you figure out everything from your credit score, to how much home you can afford, to the best ways to pay down debt.

 

Credit.com

www.credit.com

A great resource to check your credit score for free, and get tons of information on how to manage your credit. 

 

Annualcreditreport.com

www.annualcreditreport.com

Free credit score checks. 

 

Credit rating agencies:

www.experian.com

www.equifax.com

www.transunion.com


STUDENT DEBT

 

Student Loan Hero

www.studentloanhero.com

Endless information about student loans, and how to best pay them off complete with online calculators.

 

Tuition.io/Flex 395

www.demo.flex395.com

They work with companies to help employees manage their student loans, as well as contribute to paying off student loans. 

 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

www.studentaid.ed.gov

If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


FASHION AND BEAUTY

 

Ivanka Trump

www.ivankatrump.com

Role Model Ivanka Trump’s website is much more than a shopping destination. She and her team have put together a terrific resource for #womenwhowork that is both informative and inspirational.

 

Flower Beauty

www.flowerbeauty.com

Financial Grownup Role Model Drew Barrymore’s award winning beauty products line. Check it out for candid video’s from Drew herself along with fan social media and fun tutorials. 

 

Cynthia Rowley

www.cynthiarowley.com

Website of Financial Grownup Role Model fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Her fantastic designs can take you anywhere from special celebrations to your favorite workout class.

 

Tonia Ciccone

www.toniaciccone.com

Top NYC hair and makeup artist.


Macy's

Macys.comBloomingdales.com
Department stores headed by Financial Grownup Role Model Terry Lundgren. Get on their e-mail lists for great discounts and consumer loyalty rewards. 


Yummie by Heather T

www.yummielife.com
Fantastic shape wear by Financial Grownup Role Model and star of the Real Housewives of New York,  Heather Thomson. 
 


GOVERNMENT, REGULATORY, TRADE GROUPS

 

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)

www.consumerfinance.gov

U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly. 

 

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

www.shrm.org/pages/default.aspx

The world’s largest HR professional society.

 

CFP Board

www.cfp.net

The website of the CFP Board is the best place to find a certified financial planner, along with terrific resources and financial planning tools.  

 

FINRA

www.finra.org

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  Independent regulator of securities firms, including stockbrokers and brokerage firms.

 

National Foundation of Credit Counseling

www.nfcc.org

Vast amounts of information, tools and advice regarding consumer credit.


CAR RESEARCH RESOURCES

 

Edmunds.com: www.edmunds.com

Truecar: www.truecar.com

Kelley Blue Book: www.kbb.com


CORPORATE GIFTS

 

Treat House

www.treathouse.com

A great business resource and my personal favorite.  They will customize treats with your logo and ship anywhere. A great option for saying thank you- or to personalize a big event.  


CHARITY

 

Donors Choose

www.donorschoose.org

Charity run by Financial Grownup Role Model Charles Best. Donate to individual classroom projects to make an immediate impact on education. 

 

Charity Navigator

www.charitynavigator.org

Evaluations of over 5,300 of America’s largest charities, tips and resources on giving to charity.

 

Guidestar

www.guidestar.org

Determine a nonprofit’s legitimacy, learn if your donation will be deductible, view a nonprofit’s recent Forms 990, and more. 

 

Bidding for Good

www.biddingforgood.com/auction/biddingforgood.action

This is a great website to both snag bargains on great stuff, and help charitable causes at the same time. 


INVESTING

 

Wealthfront

www.wealthfront.com

Headed by Financial Grownup Role Model Adam Nash, Wealthfront is one of the top robo-advisors.

 

Betterment.com

www.betterment.com

Robo-advisor headed by Financial Grownup Role Model Jon Stein.

 

Schwab

www.schwab.com

The website of this discount brokerage is full of straightforward financial information along with useful calculators.

 

Vanguard

www.investor.vanguard.com

Vanguard is owned by the shareholders of its mutual funds, similar to credit unions. That helps keep fees low. 

 

Fidelity

www.fidelity.com

Fidelity is known for having strong research, relatively low fees and great customer service.

 

United Capital

www.unitedcp.com

Wealth Management firm behind one of my favorite CFP’s, and Financial Grownup expert Cary Carbonaro.

 

Americas Best 401k

www.americasbest401k.com

Find out instantly how your company’s 401k plan stacks up.

 

Morningstar.com

www.morningstar.com

Founded by Financial Grownup Joe Mansueto, it has everything from straightforward information about mutual fund fees, to research on infinite investment options.

 

BrightScope.com

www.brightscope.com

Ratings on 401k’s from fees to company generosity.

 

Buckingham/The BAM Alliance

www.buckinghamadvisor.com

Expert Manisha Thakor is part of this alliance of personal finance advisors. The website has a great multimedia resource library and more.


Real Estate

 

Douglas Elliman Real Estate

www.elliman.com

New York based real estate firm run by Financial Grownup Role Model Dottie Herman. I have personally used them for several real estate transactions and highly recommend.

 

Zillow

www.zillow.com

Led by Role Model Spencer Rascoff, Zillow is the leading online real estate data base.  


Discounts

Gumdrop

https://www.goodsearch.com/gumdrop

Plug-in that searches for coupon codes and applies them at checkout. Gumdrop also allows users to choose a charity and have a portion of their spending to to that cause.

 

Today Tix

www.todaytix.com

Get discount last minute tickets on the mobile app, or try your luck with their lottery for rock bottom prices or free tickets hours before the show. Improve your odds by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. 

 

Retail Me Not

www.retailmenot.com

RetailMeNot is a free app that offers deals and savings on the app  for both in-store and online shopping. Also look for bonus offers like free shipping and in some cases rebates. 

 

Coupons.com

www.coupons.com

Digital printable and paperless coupons and coupon codes.

 

Honey

www.joinhoney.com/install

Plug-in that automatically searches for coupon codes and applies them when you check out of an online store.
 

ShopSavvy

www.shopsavvy.com

App that uses barcodes to find discounts and product reviews.

 

Pricegrabber

www.pricegrabber.com

Price comparison  shopping site and app.

 

CamelCamelCamel

www.camelcamelcamel.com

Amazon price tracker that will notify you when prices drop.

 

Gazelle.com & Usell

www.gazelle.com

www.usell.com

Great websites to sell and buy used smartphones and other electronic devices.


MONEY MANAGEMENT/BUDGETING

 

Mint

www.mint.com

Free money management website.

 

Mvelopes

www.mvelopes.com

Budgeting app.
 

Learnvest

www.learnvest.com

Owned by Northwestern Mutual, Learnvest  offers basic financial planning services for free. Sign up for a paid account to work with an advisor.  


CAREER/WORK-LIFE BALANCE

 

 Working Mother

www.workingmother.com

Fantastic magazine for working moms edited by Financial Grownup expert Jen Owens.

 

Ellevate Network

www.ellevatenetwork.com

Founded by Financial Grownup Role Model Sally Krawcheck, Ellevate is a top national women’s networking group with members including Cary Carbonaro, Amanda Steinberg and yours truly.

 

The Balance Project

www.susieschnall.com/the-balance-project

Awe inspiring interview series of women, including Reese Witherspoon, by Financial Grownup expert, author Susie Schnall.
 

Big City Moms

www.bigcitymoms.com

Led by Financial Grownup Role Models Risa Goldberg and Leslie Venokur, BCM’s not only runs incredible events, their website has become the go-to destination for moms looking for any and all information.


CROWDSOURCING

 

Kickstarter

www.kickstarter.com

Global crowdfunding platform primarily for entrepreneurs and creative types.

 

GoFundMe

www.gofundme.com

 op personal fundraising website.


PETS

 

Consumers Advocate

www.consumersadvocate.org/pet-insurance

Pet insurance reviews and related information.

 

Pet Insurance Review

www.petinsurancereview.com

Pet insurance reviews and related information.


INFORMATION SECURITY

 

Palo Alto Networks

www.paloaltonetworks.com

Led by Financial Grownup Expert Mark Mclaughlin is a top infrastructure security company.

 

Dropbox

www.dropbox.com

Cloud storage company. I personally use it and like it.  

 

Lastpass

www.lastpass.com

Generates and remembers nearly impossible-to-crack passwords for each site that requires a login, all managed through one master password you choose.

 

Dashlane

www.dashlane.com

Password manager and digital wallet. 


WELLNESS

 

Headspace

www.headspace.com

Meditation app that I use. The first ten 10-minute sessions are free with the Take10 program. After that there is a fee, but if you hold off on signing up right away, or search the internet for a discount code,  you can often get a better deal. 

 

Calm

www.calm.com

If you like nature scenes and calming music this free app is perfect to help you relax.