Pennsylvania’s Office of Financial Education’s website, www.moneysbestfriend.com, provides vast resources for all individuals in Pennsylvania, from children to retirees.
The easy to use website layout allows the user to quickly find what they are looking for. The page is broken down into several categories, including Money, Life and Tools. Relevant recent news stories and resources are displayed prominently in the center of the site.
The Money section of the website provides educational information on financial topics. There are twelve categories: Talking About Money with your family and spouse, Budgets, Banking Basics, Saving and Investing, Borrowing, Credit, Bankruptcy, Insurance, Taxes, Protecting Your Money, Kids and Money, and Right on the Money, which is a financial education program for families with young children. Each section is thoroughly explained and provides helpful worksheets and additional resources to explore.
The Life section of the website focuses on six major areas of everyone’s life, Education, Jobs, Housing, Family, Retirement, and Death. The Life section provides useful information with every click. From how much a person will earn with a Master’s Degree to Budgeting with a Baby to Funeral Arrangements, the Life Section provides tips, tricks and a plan for everyone to follow.
The Tools section of the website is broken down into two categories: Calculators and Glossary terms. Probably the most useful section on the website, you can calculate your monthly car payment, balance your checkbook and calculate retirement. If you can’t find what you are looking for or if you don’t understand the technical terms used, the Glossary provides great explanations of all the topics.
The Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education put a lot of thought and effort into the design of the website. It is well organized and visually appealing. It provides useful information, topics and additional resources that allow you to expand your knowledge base. The creators focused on who their audience would be by creating family friendly website, which includes “Buck” the white dog who provides fun facts on every page.