Are you ready for personal financial stability? Change comes first and change is a process. Here's a quick way to see what you already know and what you have yet to learn: National Standards for Adult Financial Literacy list five money areas all adults should be fluent in. Scroll down past the first three paragraphs and begin reading at "Standard I: Money Management". Here is a great document which includes a quiz "Are You Financially Fit?"
BariTessler a great blog from a financial therapist
Find a Daily Money Manager hire a member of a non-profit commited to providing personal financial/bookkeeping services to senior citizens, the disabled, busy professionals and others.
MoneyZen wealth management services with Manisha Thakor and her team.
Sherold Barr a Master Certified Coach who helps women entrepreneurs build their online businesses.
Balance your Checkbook
Advanced Health Directive info Medline Plus description, plus a link to get you started
Advanced Health Directive select your state and download from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organia
U.S. Living Will Registry if this issue matters to you, get registered today
Create a Living Will this RocketLawyer form takes ten minutes to complete
You can also do a web search "[your state] advanced health directive" to ensure you follow your state's guidelines. An attorney is not necessary.
WebMD info read more about this process as well as live organ donation
Mayo Clinic info dispel the myths
Organdonor.gov give the gift of life today
Find a regional donor center by doing a web search for "organ donation and [your state]."
Cost-Effective Wills AARP advice to get you started
Writing a Will USA.gov covers many pertinent topics here
Will create one online with NOLO for $35
Will, long or short forms create your will online and print for $10 to 15 with LegalDocs.
Charity Navigator do research before making decisions to give
Charity Watch do research before making decisions to give, formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy
Giving with a Purpose edX course to run again Winter 2015. Archived resources available for viewing
GuideStar non-profit reports
Best Insurance Sites courtesy of New York Public Library
Glossary of insurance terms
Insurance Policies 101 good explanation
Life & Health help from Dummies.com
Understanding Insurance help from Dummies.com
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy American Institute of CPAs
10 Places not to use your Debit Card good advice
annualcreditreport.com U.S. federal law entitles you to request one report per year per credit reporting
Better Business Bureau do research before making decisions
Closing a Credit Card Account be informed before you do this; it hurts your credit score
Dave Ramsey a very robust website: articles, tools, bookstore, forums, training, and more
Debit Card info from consumer.gov
Financial Literacy Now guide from the New York Public Library (woohoo!)
Investor Education Modules FINRA publications
Identity Theft consumer information from the Federal Trade Commission
Investopedia Tutorials personal finance, teaching children, retirement, investing, active trading, and Forex
MyMoney.gov if you don't have time to take one of the MOOCs listed below, at least spend fifteen minutes reading the bare basics here. This will start you thinking about money matters.
Payday Loans Consumer Alert info from the Federal Trade Commission
Personal Finance lots of help on lots of topics from Dummies.com
Project Money basic tutorials on savings, bank accounts, credit cards, and income tax
Using Credit from consumer.gov
Where NOT to use a credit card advice from TransUnion
Introduction to Finance a free Coursera.org course through the University of Michigan. This is a 15 week in-depth course on both personal and corporate assets. Up to the challenge? Go for it!
wiseupwomen.org from the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Womens Bureau, an informal, eight-part online course, learn at your convenience.
Check these out at your local public library -- woohoo! or shop online with the booksellers shown below.
This book is intentionally featured rather than being alphabetized with the rest of the pack! If there ever was a time to judge a book by its cover, this is it!!! Financial advice books are simply not this intriguing, so I had to learn more about the author/graphic designer/Certified Financial Planner, Luna Jaffe, who dared to break the mold. After reading a review by a Forbes contributor, I decided to read it. You can also buy a companion Field Guide & Journal which I strongly recommend. This set presents artistic beauty on every page. Financial matters are no longer intimidating with Ms. Jaffe guiding your every step! Clicking on the image will take you to her website. Be sure to watch her intro video. It's available as Kindle e-book as well. If you sign up on her email list, she will send you the first two chapters of her book as a welcome gift. Great way to check it out.
All Your Worth Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyag
The Black Rose Tananarive Due
The Book of Awakening Mark Nepo
Creating Good Will Elizabeth Arnold
The Generosity Plan Kathy May
Lost and Found Geneen Roth
Money, a Memoir Liz Perlee
Peace and Plenty Sarah Ban Breachbach
Spending Molly Gordon
Your Money and Your Brain Jason Zweig
Suze Orman select any title from her and you will benefit.