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  • Access to Free Credit Reports
    From the Federal Trade Commission, information on the new law that promotes access to free credit reports, including a link to a site for ordering your free report online.
  • Avoiding Foreclosure
    Information and advice from HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Bankrate.com
    Check rates around the U.S. for mortgages, cd's, savings accounts, auto loans. Calculators, news and fina, and more.
  • Best 100 Places to Live
    From CNN/Money magazine.
  • Better Business Bureau Alerts
    Check out a business or charity. Find monthly listing of scams, pyramid schemes, gimmicks, and other fraudulent operations in the United States and Canada. Also includes tips for the smart shopper.
  • Consumer Information from the Federal Reserve
    Advice, information and tips on bank accounts, credit cards, identity theft, mortgages, and personal finance
  • Consumer Price Index
    Monthly CPI data since 1913 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. See also What is a Dollar Worth? to calculate the historical value of goods in the U.S. back to 1913.
  • Consumer Products Safety Commission Recalls
    Recall notices include detailed CPSC Office of Public Affairs reports complete with model/serial numbers of affected products, color photographs, and more. Includes useful set of links to related Federal agencies in charge of recalls (e.g., National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for auto recalls.
  • Consumer.gov
    One-stop shopping to a broad range of federal information resources available online, arranged by topic.
  • Food News' Handy Wallet Guide to Pesticides in Produce
    Brought to you by the Environmental Working Group and Stoneyfield Farm. See also EPA's Pesticides and Food page.

  • Mortgage Calculator Tools
    Calculate simple mortgages, mortgage refinancing, consolidation of debt, and more.
  • SeafoodWatch
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are "Best Choices," "Good Alternatives," and which ones you should "Avoid."
  • Yahoo! Real Estate Home Values
    Search for home sales values (back to 1987) by location or by price range within a city. Database includes over 20 million homes from 22 states (including Virginia) and is updated weekly. New sales typically take 6 weeks to appear in the database.



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