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A Self-Guided ‘Web Tour’ to Building a Better Budget


Introduction:

A balanced budget plays a pivotal role in achieving financial health.  Even though personal budgets will be as unique as the people creating them, there are some general guidelines that will be helpful to all.  This self-guided ‘tour’ of three Financial Education websites is designed to highlight some of the resources available for successful budgeting.  Although each site is packed with useful information, the ‘tour’ will point out selected, free information that can be helpful when working on a personal budget.

Websites:

www.mymoney.gov

This site is the U.S. government's website dedicated to providing all Americans with some financial education basics.  It provides links to many other government websites, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The second stop on the ‘tour’ is to gain information about saving money. 

  • Go to www.mymoney.gov
  • Locate the Popular Topics heading on the left side of the screen
  • Locate and click on the Spending Plan directly below it
  • There is a list of great resources.  Feel free to explore, but be sure to look at:
    • Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future  (Click on the “Learn More” button)  – A 30 page PDF booklet that encourages retirement savings.
    • Money Tips at All Ages  (Click on the “Learn More” button)  – Money savings tips and strategies for all stages of life.

www.dallasfed.org

This website is maintained by the Dallas District of the Federal Reserve Bank.  It offers an excellent resource for budgeting: the Building Wealth program.  It presents an overview of personal wealth-building strategies that includes setting financial goals, budgeting and saving.  It is free, and available in a PDF format to be printed, or as an interactive-online experience:

  • Go to www.dallasfed.org
  • Locate Consumer Resources to the left of the screen
  • Locate and click on Building Wealth, directly below it
  • For the printed version, locate “Print Version”, and click on View
  • For the interactive version, locate “Interactive Version”, and click on Play

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