Financial Literacy Resources

General Guides

Money Basics Tutorials
This website offers free tutorials to help people learn money management skills, banking, and retirement planning.

Website: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Purposefully written in very simple language, this website developed by the FTC offers the basics of understanding money, credit, banking, scams, and more.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulates the offering and provision of consumer financial products or services under the federal consumer financial laws and educates and empowers consumers to make better informed financial decisions.

Stay Connected
Website: Federal Trade Commission
You can subscribe to an e-newsletter, scam alerts, blog posts, and other updates published by the FTC.

Website: Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission is a website developed by the congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission. The website is dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education.

Ready, Set, Bank
Capital One’s Ready, Set, Bank℠ program teaches consumers basic mobile banking skills. Ready, Set, Bank is designed specifically for older adults, and offers numerous, unbranded videos to guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances online—regardless of where they bank. The curriculum is also available in Spanish, through Listos, Clic, Avance℠ at In 2019, PLA and Capital One are collaborating to educate public libraries about financial literacy tools and programming such as Ready, Set, Bank℠.

Home Buying

Buying a Home
Website: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Toolkit with general and state specific information about home buying topics. Website provides free resources to guide consumers through the nine key steps to buying a home.

Consumer Information: Homes & Mortgages
Website: Federal Trade Commission
Consumer information provided by the FTC about owning or renting a home. Educational information about home loans, home improvement, and energy saving is available in English and Spanish.

Retirement Planning

Preparing for Retirement
Website: U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Available in both English and Spanish, this online toolkit offers publications, tools, and videos on retirement planning topics. An additional health and retirement section also provides further assistance with retirement planning.

Benefits Planner: Retirement
Website: Social Security Administration
This planner provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits under current law. Retirement related benefit calculators also available on the site