I. Turning Your Dreams Into Goals

Here are just a few of the resources available on this topic. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, and it does not suggest an endorsement by the Community Action Partnership or NEFE. Your local librarian is another good source of information.

Books

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010).

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Anne Klauser Ph.D. (Fireside Books, 2001).

Goal Setting: How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Goals (Worksmart) by Michael S. Dobson and Susan B. Wilson (AMACOM, 2008).

Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb (Ballantine Books, 2003).


Websites

SMART Goal Setting

Goal Setting: 77 Tips

Goal Setting Advice and Tips from Gary Ryan Blair

II. Managing Your Money

Here are just a few of the resources available on this topic. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, and it does not suggest an endorsement by the Community Action Partnership or NEFE. Your local librarian is another good source of information.

Booklets

66 Ways to Save Money
Source: Consumer Federation of America

Effective Strategies for Personal Money Management
Source: Center for Personal Financial Education

Getting Fiscally Fit


Making Your Paychecks Count
Source: National Urban League/NEFE

Money Management Basics
Source: Foundation for Credit Education

Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future: A Beginner's Guide to Financial Readiness



Books

Ernst & Young’s Personal Financial Planning Guide (5th ed., NY: John Wiley and Sons, 2004).

Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner (3rd ed., Fireside, 2009).

Make the Most of Your Money Now: The Classic Bestseller Completely Revised for the New Economy by Jane Bryant Quinn (Simon & Schuster, 2009).

A Survival Guide to Debt: How to Overcome Tough Times & Restore Your Financial Health by Mitchell Allen (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2009).

The Wall Street Journal. Guide to Starting Your Financial Life
by Karen Blumenthal (Three Rivers Press, 2009).

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Personal Finance by Kenneth M. Morris and Virginia B. Morris (4th ed., Fireside, 2004).

The Wealthy Barber, Updated 3rd Edition: Everyone's Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent by David Chilton (Prima Publishing, 2007).


Credit-related Sites


www.bankrate.com (loan information, interest rates)

www.cardweb.com (credit cards)

www.equifax.com (credit reports)

www.experian.com (credit reports)

www.transunion.com (credit reports)


Government Agencies


Consumer Information Center: www.pueblo.gsa.gov/money.htm

Earned Income Tax Credit: www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96406,00.html

Federal Reserve Board Consumer Information (credit cards, overdraft protection, mortgage foreclosure): www.federalreserve.gov/consumerinfo

Internal Revenue Service

Social Security Administration

USDA Child Nutrition

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program


Magazines/Newspapers


Bloomberg Personal Finance

Consumer Reports

Investor’s Business Daily

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

Money

Morningstar Mutual Funds
(ask for this at the library)

Smart Money

Value Line Investment Survey and Value Line Mutual Fund Survey

(ask for these at the library)

The Wall Street Journal


Money Management and Personal Financial Planning Resources


Smart About Money: Resource Library

Smart About Money: Economic Survival Tips


Nonprofit Organizations

Alliance for Investor Education/The Investor's Clearhinghouse

AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons)

American Savings Education Council

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.: 800-487-1497

Financial Planning Association: 1-800-322-4237

Financial Resources for Women and Children, Inc.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors: 847-483-5400

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (which provides a list of state child-care administrators) 1-800-616-2242

National Endowment for Financial Education

National Foundation for Credit Counseling: 1-800-388-2227

North American Securities Administrators Association

Society of Financial Service Professionals: 1-610-526-2500


Industry Trade Associations

Investment Company Institute (mutual funds)


Investor Organizations

National Association of Investors Corporation


III. Employment ABCs

Here are just a few of the resources available on this topic. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, and it does not suggest an endorsement by the Community Action Partnership or NEFE. Your local librarian is another good source of information.

Books

Cover Letter Magic, 4th Ed: Trade Secrets of Professional Resume Writers
by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark (Jist Works, 2010).

Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions by Martin Yate (7th ed., Kogan Page, 2008).

Knock 'em Dead Resumes: Features the Latest Information on Online Postings, Email Techniques, and Follow-up Strategies by Martin Yate (8th ed., Adams Media, 2008).

State manufacturing directories—lists all major companies, gives contact information. Every state has one. Check your local library.

The National Job Bank 2011 (CD): The Complete Employment Guide to Over 20,000 American Companies by editors of Adams Media (2010).

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles (Ten Speed Press, 2009).


Government Agencies

Department of Labor

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: for technical assistance, call 1-800-669-4000; for documents, call 1-800-669-3362

The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB)

Small Business Administration: call your local SBA office or 1-800-8-ASK-SBA (827-5722)

Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213


Job Banks

Your local unemployment office.

State Job Banks: www.ajb.dni.us



Nonprofit Organizations

Disabled Businesspersons Association

Job Accommodation Network: 1-800-526-7234

National Organization on Disability:
1-202-293-5960

NEFE Smart About Money—Education and Career Website


IV. Individual Development Accounts

Here are just a few of the resources available on this topic. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, and it does not suggest an endorsement by the Community Action Partnership or NEFE. Your local librarian is another good source of information.

Brochures

Individual Development Accounts: Overview

Books

Can the Poor Save?: Saving and Asset Building in Individual Development Accounts by Mark Schreiner and Michael Sherraden (Transaction Publishers, 2006).

Nonprofit Organizations

Center for Social Development


Corporation for Enterprise Development

IDA information 1-202-408-9788, 1-415-495-2333,1-919-688-6444

V. Your Housing Options

Here are just a few of the resources available on this topic. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, and it does not suggest an endorsement by the Community Action Partnership or NEFE. Your local librarian is another good source of information.

Booklets and Books

Federal Citizen Information Center: Housing Information

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Home Buying Brochure

Fannie Mae Foundation: How to Buy Your Own Home

Nonprofit Organizations

Federal Housing Authority; FHA Loan Frequently Asked Questions

HUD consumer information and publications

HUD information on homelessness

National Alliance to End Homelessness



Web Sites


NEFE Smart About Money Economic Survival Tips

Resources