April is National Financial Literacy Month in the U.S. As I do every April, I’ll spend much of the next few weeks reviewing basic financial concepts. But unlike past years, I’m not going to devote every post in April to this subject. It’s important, yes, but spending an entire month on the basics gets tedious.

If you have a topic you’d like me to write about during National Financial Literacy Month, please let me know. To begin, however, here’s my annual list of financial literacy resources I’ve collected in the past.

Note: I know this page is kind of overwhelming: It’s loaded with tons of links. But if you were to take the time to read all of the info I’ve linked to here, you’d come away with a sound financial education. If this seems like all too much, bookmark this page for later.

Get Rich Slowly
This site regularly features articles about basic personal finance skills. Some of the best from the past four years include information on the following topics:

Basic skills

Budgeting

Bank accounts

Credit and credit cards

Investing

As a general rule, the basics category here at Get Rich Slowly contains information about fundamental financial literacy.

But there’s more to financial literacy than just learning the nuts and bolts. There’s a lot of mental and philosophical stuff that can help you take control of your finances. To learn more about these aspects of money management, browse through the fourteen tenets of my financial philosophy:

Now let’s look at some financial literacy resources from other sites around the web.

Saving and Investing

In April 2007, I shared a series of videos from author Michael Fischer. Though designed as companions to his book, Saving and Investing, these short pieces stand on their own. Look past the fact that these aren’t polished and professional — Michael provides some excellent information. Here are links to each part in the series:

Money 101
CNNMoney has an outstanding overview of basic personal finance topics called Money 101. Each of the 23 topics includes several pages of information, and many of the subjects include an interactive calculator or tool.

Other web sites
There are other excellent financial literacy resources around the web.

  • The Federal government has a website called MyMoney.gov, which is “dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.”
  • The Federal government also provides the Federal Citizen Information Center, which offers free (or cheap) publications on a variety of topics including personal finance. Many of these publications are available in free PDF versions.
  • Both Illinois and Wisconsin have sites devoted to personal finance education. These two pages contain a wealth of links to information on many subjects.
  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a site from the American institute of CPAs. It includes many articles on various life stages such as “college”, “couples & marriage”, “home ownership”, etc. A clunky interface, but a lot of solid information.
  • Rhetorical Device offers A brief history of money. This is actual history. It’s a short article, but fascinating.

Between the Saving and Investing video series, the GRS basics archive, and the other sites I’ve linked here, you have a wealth of personal finance material at your disposal. I look forward to writing more about financial literacy during the month of April!

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