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Managing Money ( is a financial literacy clearinghouse featuring Consumer Action’s award-winning multilingual educational materials, headline news on personal finance topics and recommended publications created by other organizations and government agencies. The materials focus on financial services, sound financial planning and debt management, saving for emergencies and retirement and how to avoid frauds and scams.


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CA News & Special Reports

CA News Logo Medical Credit Card Survey Issue (Summer 2014) Being able to borrow the money for a medical or dental procedure rather than deplete savings or forgo needed care sounds like a great option—even better if the lender touts a 0% interest rate. Consumer Action surveyed seven medical credit cards and a handful of medical loan products, some of which offer “interest free” patient financing. See how they stacked up and what you need to know about deferred-interest financing promotions in the Medical Credit Card Survey issue of Consumer Action News. ( Tuesday, July 22, 2014 )

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Recent Publications

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An Employee’s Guide to Payroll Cards (Spanish)

An Employee’s Guide to Payroll Cards (Spanish). Esta guía de cuatro páginas fue diseñada para ayudar a los empleados de empresas que ofrecen tarjetas de nómina a determinar si ésta es la mejor opción para ellos, a comprender cómo funcionan las tarjetas y cómo evitar cargos, y a conocer sus derechos.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

California LifeLine Case Studies

California LifeLine Case Studies. These five case studies will give Lifeline workshop participants an opportunity to apply what they have learned about California LifeLine discounts, service options and eligibility.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

California LifeLine Public Assistance Programs

California LifeLine Public Assistance Programs. Detailed description of various federal and state assistance programs.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

List of Toll Free Numbers for California LifeLine Service

List of Toll Free Numbers for California LifeLine Service. Useful list of toll free numbers to give out to consumers while teaching the California LifeLine module.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Connect to California LifeLine and Save! (2014)

Connect to California LifeLine and Save! (2014) Discounted telephone service can help your family stay in touch. California LifeLine provides discounts on basic residential wireline (traditional landline) or wireless telephone service to eligible low-income households. Consumers who qualify for California LifeLine pay a fraction of the regular cost for telephone connection or activation and monthly service.This brochure explains the features and benefits of Lifeline phone service, how to apply for the program and what you must do to continue participation.

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Recommended Publications

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Public access online to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched an online tool to provide consumers with easy access to public mortgage information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The tool enables greater transparency by helping inform people of trends in their local mortgage markets.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Working Cars for Working Families Cover Art Working Cars for Working Families. Working Cars for Working Families is a project of the National Consumer Law Center to help people get good used cars.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chronology of Data Breaches Cover Art Chronology of Data Breaches. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking breaches since 2005 and publishes a Chronology of Data Breaches.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Protect Your Child from ID theft Cover Art Protect Your Child from ID theft. The California Office of Privacy Protection (COPP) has released a fact sheet for consumers on how to check their child's credit records and other ways to protect them from identity theft.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

5 Tips for Shopping for a Mortgage Cover Art 5 Tips for Shopping for a Mortgage. The Federal Reserve Board recommended 5 tips for shopping for a mortgage for consumers.

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