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Money Matters and More from the Community and Family Economics Program Work Team

The Community & Family Economics program work team brings Cornell faculty & CCE educators together to explore global, national & statewide economic trends and CCE program responses for the purposes of supporting communities and individuals to navigate changing economic circumstances.

Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office to see what programs are offered in your area.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Program Work Teams (PWT) are available to CCE educators as communities of learning and practice that focus on specific Extension areas and issues.

Check out the below links for helpful consumer resources and tools:

Financial Security for Tough Times is a series of web pages on that detail positive money management techniques which help families dealing with economic hardship.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans - whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products. The CFPB offers consumers information and guidance, and a place where they can file formal complaints against financial service providers and products.

The Attorney General of New York State offers a wide variety of information on consumer issues such as used car buying tips, credit and debt management strategies, and things to know before signing oil and gas leases.

My Benefits offers a pre-screening tool to help New York State citizens determine if they may be eligible for certain benefits, such as food stamps.

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection takes consumer complaints 24 hours a day and offers information on scams, ID theft, product recalls, and more.

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission's comprehensive website is designed to teach all Americans the basics of financial education. Popular topics include planning for retirement, dealing with mortgages, and managing credit and debt.

AnnualCreditReport.Com is the only source for free credit reports, as authorized by Federal law. As credit reports play an important role in your financial life, you can check your credit history weekly with free online reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

20 Money Lessons for Children as They Grow was recommended as an initiative from the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability. The program, now housed on the CFPB website, helps parents and caregivers grow their child’s money skills, habits, and attitudes.

Tips for Protecting Your Privacy and Identity and Recovering from Identity Theft is a website provided by the United States Federal Trade Commission

FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program offers information on flood risks, costs, insurance options, and recovery after flooding.

BrokerCheck is a free tool from FINRA that can help you research the professional backgrounds of investment professionals, brokerage firms and investment adviser firms.

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides valuable information and resources in the areas of disrupting aging, aging-in-place community building, family caregiving, social security & Medicare, work & jobs and much more, including a cadre of free online classes and news articles on a variety of timely consumer topics such as lowering health care and food costs.

The mission of the Federal Trade Commission is to protect consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices through law enforcement, advocacy, and education without unduly burdening legitimate business activity. Visit their website to report fraud, report identity theft, file an antitrust complaint, register for do not call, or get your credit report.

America Saves, a campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, motivates, encourages, and supports low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth. Take the America Save Pledge, choose a savings goal, and receive tips, resources, and tools.

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. Use the IRS Vita Locator Tool to find the nearest VITA site to you.

RethinkingDebt, a non-profit credit counseling agency affiliated with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester, NY, helps individuals and families across NYS deal with and work through financial difficulties. Their certified professionals provide confidential counseling, educational services and other solutions enabling their clients to meet their financial goals.

Last updated October 23, 2023