Sometimes the best way to present information on a government website is WITHOUT video.
And such is a the case with MyMoney.gov, a clearinghouse of government information on personal finance–everything from your rights with a new job, the financial implications of major family events like births and deaths, job loss, health issues, mortgage shopping or being in the middle of a disaster.
This may not be a site that appeals to the most financially sophisticated among us. But for many people, bombarded with semi-ripoff private financial services like Free-Credit-report-dot-com and an army of debt consolidation and counseling services, this site could be something of a haven.
And what’s most striking about the site? Unlike many government sites, which lead with a self-serving, bandwidth-eating “welcome” video from an agency head (yawn!!), this one is about as fancy as your local unemployment office, with easy navigation and a straightforward lineup of answers to numerous questions.
The site is the brainchild of the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission and draws its info from some 20 federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce and Federal Trade Commission, Small Business Administration and Social Security Administration.
There are specific sections for youth, for teachers, for caregivers, for women, for military members and others–all in plain English (and Spanish).
There’s news about ATM and overdraft fees and more.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your financial house in order, you may not need this. But man folks, especially society’s most vulnerable, can learn a lot here.
Just don’t tell the folks at your local short-term loan office, credit card debt counselor, or Free-Credit-Report-dot-com. (That one, as the FTC tells us repeatedly, gives for free what’s already yours, if you sign up for a service with an obnoxious monthly fee.)
The only drawback is that like so many good government websites, many people will jet never hear about it above the cacophony of paid ads from financial hucksters.
But for doing some good, we hope, MyMoney.gov is the Government Video Website of the Week!
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