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Money Smart Week: Home

Shop Smart

Consumer Reports
(Library Database)

  • Compare thousands of products
  • Read professional product reviews
  • Buy smart

Kick an Expensive Habit

Health & Wellness Resource Center
(Library Database)
Access to thousands of pamphlets, fact sheets and articles on health topics. Link to health assessment calculators and other tools to help you make informed health decisions. 

Cost of Smoking Calculator
University of Maryland Medical Center sponsors this tool to help you estimate how much money smoking costs you.

Protect Your Identity

Protecting Your IdentityFTC consumer website for What is Identity Theft?, how to keep your personal information secure, warning signs, steps to repair identity theft, etc. 

Protect Your Identity - Consumer Reports 8 steps to securing your identity for less.


Do It Yourself

Lowes How-To ProjectsProvides step-by-step instructions for home improvement projects.

Home Depot Free Workshops for do-it-yourselfers.

Melrose Center ClassesExplore video production, audio production, 3D simulation lab and much more at the Orange County Library System.

Technology How-Tos from CNET

Get Out of Debt

Coping With Debt
Website from the Federal Trade Commission with tips to get you back on track.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling -- find a legitimate credit counselor

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This is a guide to the resources in your library, your campus, your community and on the web that can help you save money and make Money Smart choices. Explore -- everything's free!

Money Smart Week 2015

Money Smart Week Homepage
Find out more about Money Smart Week and explore resources on the initiative's homepage.

Money Smart Week Events in Orange County, FL
Attend free classes happening around our community this week (April 18-25, 2015)

West Campus Library Events:

  • Post your money-saving tips at the Check-Out desk (Bldg 6) and on our Facebook page
  • Check out a book from our book displays (6-201)

Learn about Financial Literacy on Campus:

  • Life Happens Skillshop / Workshop
    by the Valencia Financial Learning Ambassadors
    Tuesday, April 21 from 2-3 pm (11-106)

Pay for College / Increase Your Earning Potential

Valencia College Financial Aid Office
Visit the Financial Aid Office on your campus for expert information on financial aid processes and opportunities.

One of the largest financial aid sites on the web. Search for scholarships!

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center (Library Database)

  • Learn what you can earn in your chosen career field
  • Explore financial aid options for school
  • Compare colleges

Testing & Education Reference Center (Library Database)

  • Free access to practice exams including SAT, GRE, NCLEX

NSLDS (National Student Loan Data Systems)

  • Keep track of your student loan information

Manage Your Credit


Access Your Free Annual Credit Report

Start a Business

Business Plans Handbook
(Library e-Book)

  • View sample business plans in a variety of industries
  • Learn how to create your own business plan

Starting a Business in Florida
Resources from the State of Florida

Invest Your Money

Wall Street Journal
via Newsstand
(Library Database)

  • Free access to current and past issues of the newspaper
  • Follow business and investment news

Morningstar Investment Research Center
available from Orange and Seminole County Public Libraries

Stick to a Budget

CNNMoney’s 23 Money Essentials - Learn about making your budget to buying a car, explore saving for college to investing for retirement.

Home Ownership

HUD Buying a Home Guide - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers resources for homeownership.

Florida HUD Homeownership Assistance – explore funding resources for homeownership.