Financial Education Website Provides Valuable Resources

Site Helps People Get Smart About Money

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLORADO—It’s never too early or too late to start saving for life goals. To help individuals achieve financial well-being, there’s a website which reaffirms that no matter what stage of life a person may be experiencing, now is the best time for them to get smart about money. The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has created to help consumers cope with the many financial challenges they will face in their lifetime, by providing a wide variety of practical, unbiased and dependable personal finance resources.

“Americans increasingly are expected to be self-reliant in handling their own financial situations. We are confident that they’re up to the task, given appropriate information and the right tools to apply to managing their money,” said Ted Beck, president and CEO of the Colorado-based National Endowment for Financial Education. “The Smart About Money website is a beneficial tool that can help everyone get to that point of financial independence.”

The website supports people at some of the most critical moments in their lives by offering numerous materials to aid them in gaining control of their finances. Moments of personal transition—starting a new job, buying a home or saving for a child’s college education—require individuals to make difficult financial decisions. The Smart About Money website provides sound advice that applies to many money-management challenges, covering everything from getting out of debt to saving for the future. Among the resources found on the site are:

  • A list of “10 Basic Steps to Getting Smart About Money,” offering information on how to save, spend and budget wisely every day. Worksheets also are available to facilitate these steps.
  • A financial assessment that helps people identify their most important needs.
  • The NEFE Financial Literacy Resource CenterSM, which allows consumers to search for materials that address their specific money-management concerns, including everything from teaching kids about money to eldercare. There are currently more than 200 resources available for use on the website.
  • A “Facts of Life” section, directing individuals to financial planning subjects organized by particular life events and crises.
  • Downloadable software to assist consumers with their planning for various situations, such as retirement and credit and debt management. It includes six components to help balance goals, visualize alternatives and develop an action plan to gain financial independence.

“We at NEFE believe in giving Americans balanced and noncommercial information,” explained Beck. “The Smart About Money website is a useful and reliable one-stop destination for all of the personal finance questions that consumers may have.”

Since its launch in September 2005, hits on have approached nine million. The website is one of numerous NEFE programs, offered both alone and in partnership with other organizations, that offer financial education to members of the public.



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