Financial Resources

Looking to expand your horizons, eh? This blog just not good enough for you?

Fine. Go ahead and check out these other financial resources. Just don’t forget who told you about ’em.


Banking Technology


Car Buying (including Loans)

  • is one of the better resources for car values. It gives you values for trade-in (rough, average and “clean” condition) and retail, which is good if buying from a private seller.
  • Taxes, title and tag costs vary by state. Estimate these fees with Carmax’s taxes, title and tag fee calculator.
  • Find even more car buying knowledge at


Checking Accounts

  • is a great tool for researching and comparing checking accounts from different banks and credit unions, based on the features you want. Boo-ya!



  • Understanding Credit
  • Credit Report
    • (boring!) is the place to go to get your official credit report for free. The three national credit reporting companies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) are behind this website. You can get your credit report (not your credit score) once every 12 months from each of the big three credit bureaus.
    • This Federal Trade Commission guide tells you how to dispute credit report errors. Good to know.
    • Fair Issac and Co. are behind the FICO score. Lots of good info at They also sell credit score services.
  • Credit Score
    • Gone are the days when you had to pay to see your credit score. You can still do that but you can also get it for nuthin’ at (they use the VantageScore 3.0, which is a competitor to the FICO Score). Credit Karma also has oodles of good knowledge about credit matters.
    • Not FICO. Here’s the straight dope on VantageScore 3.0 credit scores.
    • Purchase your FICO score(s) – as well as a bunch of other stuff, like monitoring and “Lost wallet protection”.


Credit Cards


Financial Aid for College


Financial Counseling


Home Buying & Mortgage

  • Here’s a great resource for learning how the home buying process works – specific to buying a home in Maryland; Includes access to MLS search and pre-screened Realtors®, plus a rebate! Yes, a rebate. It’s legit. You can thank me later.
  • Get an idea of title fees and transfer taxes (closing costs) with this closing cost calculator.
  • Find the schools for any Maryland property with this handy dandy tool. Most Realtors® don’t know about this one, so I’m your new best friend. Let’s get lunch.