Web Resources Related to Consumer & Family
When using the internet to search for information, whether
it be for Consumer Related Issues, research or for general knowledge,
it is necessary to to be judgmental and to be aware of "junk"
sites. Learn to look for unbiased sites!
The Consumer session on use of the Internet focused on three
basic areas- University of Illinois Extension sites, non-extension
sites, and commercial sites. Those sites with a brief explanation
are included here followed by a listing of web sites related
to financial planning.
Comments and suggestions may be sent
to Barbara Cooper,
Extension Advisor who provided this information.
University of Illinois Extension sites
- University of Illinois Extension Home- http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/welcome.html
- Almost all land grant universities like the U of I have a
great deal of useful information on their sites. These are always
a good place for unbiased information, especially since they
are not selling anything! It is important to note that the U
of I does not collect any information from their web sites.
Greene Co. Extension Office- http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/~ve/Greene.html
Featured Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sites- http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/...
Answers to the most common questions on Food and Nutrition,
Home and Consumer, Horticulture are found here. There is good
information for every day problems. http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/~robsond/solutions/solutions.html
Rural information, especially for farms and farm families
in crisis- http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/ruralroute/index.html
Included in this Rural Route section are fact sheets to help
farm families. For instance, a section on getting through tough
times is located here- http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/ruralroute/toughtimes.html
News you can use on a variety of topics such as tax breaks
for higher education, a working woman's guide to financial security,
winter storm resource center, thrifty living, and more. http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/home/index.html
This interactive site will help to analyze risk management.
Included are work sheets for family finances, a personal risk
management plan, and information about insurance. (This program
State of Illinois- Department of Insurance- http://www.state.il.us/INS/default.htm
Illinois Consumer Information- http://www.state.il.us/ins/consumerinfo.htm
Auto Insurance premium comparison guide that is updated on regular
basis. Information on Illinois companies that sell auto insurance-
Illinois Department of Insurance
Senior Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)- listing of Volunteers in
Your Area who will help seniors with their insurance plan. Look
up your community and find local assistance. http://www.state.il.us/ins/shipvols.htm
Medicare Supplement Insurance Premium Comparison http://www.state.il.us/ins/medsup.htm
Internal Revenue Service- home site http://www.irs.ustreas.gov
site with IRS forms and publications.
useful tax information.
Lots of information to help consumers including a worksheet to
help you determine whether you need to file!
Credit Card Web site is financed by credit card companies.
Information on payment cards, credit cards, debit cards and a
list of other cards used today. Included are lists of all cards
ranked by low rates, no fee, secured, reward, credit card and
so on. The site even includes a game! http://www.ramresearch.com/
Fidelity is a large investment site selling stocks bonds,
mutual funds, etc. All kinds of information- http://www.fidelity.com
- Take some time to look at Fidelity's Retirement Calculator-
this is one of better commercial sites and will take about 20
minutes to complete. With accurate answers to the questions,
you will get a pretty good idea of what you'll need.
- choose Retirement Planning Calculator in left hand column.
For a good example of an online company, look at Lands End.
When thinking about buying online, always check the companies
security policy online!! For instance, Land's End tells a lot
about their security policy. They stand behind their product
and their security. Always read the online security policy!
If you want to know about a good online security- see this Land's
End site and select their online policy section! http://www.landsend.com/cd/frontdoor/
When you find something that you may want to purchase online,
stop and check out the Better Business Bureau Online for a complete
listing of good, reliable online businesses-
Perform a search for BBB online participants here- http://www.bbbonline.com/database/search/psearch.htm
Truste is another site to use to check out the reliability
and legitimacy of online businesses- http://www.truste.org/