Consumer Protection/Action

Consumer Action Handbook. Provides assistance with consumer problems and complaints and includes directory of consumer contacts at hundreds of companies and trade associations, state and federal government agencies, local and national consumer organizations, and more. 148 pp. (2001.FCIC) 595H. Free
Taking Legal Action. Discusses when legal action may be appropriate, how to file in small claims court, and when to consider hiring a lawyer. 10 pp. (2001.LSC) 603H. Free
Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams. Questions to ask about online investment opportunities, warning signs of fraud, and what to do if you have problems. 19 pp. (2000.SEC) 368H. 50 cents.

Financial Planning

Keeping Family/Household Records. Organize your bills, tax information, legal papers and other important documents. Learn what to keep and how to safeguard hard-to-replace items. (USDA) view online only.
The Student Guide To Financial Aid. This valuable resource explains federal grants, loans, work-study programs, and how to apply for them. (ED) view online only.
Social Security: Understanding the Benefits. Explains retirement, disability, survivor’s benefits, Medicare coverage, Supplemental Security Income, and more. 41 pp (2000. SSA) 530H. Free.
66 Ways To Save Money. Practical ways to cut everyday costs on transportation, insurance, banking, credit, housing, utilities, and more. 4 pp. (1998. FCIC) 347H. 50 cents.
What You Should Know About Financial Planning. Discusses the benefits of financial planning for life-changing events, such as buying a home or retirement. 13 pp. (1998.SEC) 581H. Free.

Health and the Environment

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home: Protect Your Children’s Health. Find out about potentially harmful products and how to make your home a healthier place. 24 pp. (2000. HUD) 506H. Free.
Indoor Air Hazards Every Homeowner Should Know About. Get rid of molds, carbon monoxide, radon, asbestos, lead, tobacco smoke, and other pollutants. 16 pp. (2001. USDA/EPA) 631H. Free.
2001 Fuel Economy Guide. Information on fuel economy, purchasing a new or used car, insurance cost comparisons, automobile manufacturers, and more. (DOE) view online only.

Free Publications