Consumer Information

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and over dedicated to addressing their needs and interests. There is information on:
  • Family and home
  • Fun and games
  • Health
  • Issues and elections
  • Learning and technology
  • Legal issues
  • Money and work
  • Travel
Bank Rate
Bank Rate offers information on credit, mortgages, and other financial news and tips to help an individual's financial health.

The Carfax site provides vehicle history reports.

Clothing Care & Stain Removal Guide
Iowa State University Extension Clothing Care and Stain Removal site offers stain removal tips and a quick and easy stain removal guide to help you save money by extending the life of your clothing.

Consumer Information Center
The Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado contains free full text version of hundreds of the best federal consumer publications available on many topics, including:
  • Cars
  • Children
  • Employment
  • Federal programs
  • Food and nutrition
  • Health
  • Hobbies
  • Housing
  • Money
  • Small business
  • Travel
There is also an A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies.

Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as:
  • Cigarette lighters
  • Cribs
  • Household chemicals
  • Power tools
  • Toys
Recalled products and safety alerts on specific products are included.

Consumer Reports
A subscription required to see full articles on the Consumer Reports website. This resource provides ratings, buying guides, product reviews and consumer information from the experts at Consumer Reports magazine. Find out what the best products are for:
  • Appliances
  • Automobiles
  • Baby and child care products
  • Electronics
  • Foods
  • Health and family
  • Home improvement
  • Recreation
Consumer Search
This site pulls together all sources of reviews on products. You can choose a quick comparison or a detailed review. Consumer Search lets you look at what online and offline reviewers say about everything from bread makers and digital cameras to snow blowers and weight-loss programs.

Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
This website includes tips on using the latest advances in energy-saving products and practices. We provide tips for using less electricity in your home, including home offices and electronics. Tips for saving fuel on the road will keep more money in your pocketbook. We also tell you how to use the power of renewable resources, like the sun, at home.


The mission of this comprehensive car site is to empower automotive consumers by providing complete, clear, timely, accurate and unbiased information needed to make informed purchase and ownership decisions. They offer pricing, car reviews, and ratings for new and used cars. There are discussion forums and tips for purchasing cars.

Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency website contains gas mileage (MPG) information, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks. You can compare vehicles, find the lowest gasoline prices, and find out about hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles

FirstGov for Consumers
This "one-stop" link to a broad range of federal information resources available online is designed so that you can locate information by category, such as:
  • Food
  • Health
  • Product Safety
  • Transportation
  • Your Money
Each category has subcategories to direct you to areas within individual federal websites containing related information.

Food Safety

Iowa State University Extension provides food safety information to consumers, food service managers and employees, and other site visitors on safe food handling practices. Questions regarding the safe preparation and handling of food can be answered here.

Home Energy Saver

This is a do-it-yourself energy audit tool. There are resources to help make your home more energy efficient.

This calculator and comparison site compares the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. cities.

Kelley Blue Book
This Kelley Blue Book site has pricing for new and used cars. There are reviews and ratings and as well as insurance and financing information.

Kiplinger provides you with down-to-earth advice on managing your money and achieving financial security. There are interactive calculators, up-to-the-minute business news, stock and mutual fund quotes, deposit account yields and credit rates. Getting Started articles will introduce you to common financial concepts and show you how to get the best deals.

Iowa Attorney General
This Iowa Attorney General site gives the conditions that must be met for your car to be considered a lemon and what you can do about it

Life Hacker
According to Wikipedia, the term life hack refers to productivity tricks that programmers devise and employ to cut through information overload and organize their data. This life hack website will help you to integrate your local library with your personal computer.

The MyMoney site was set up by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission with the purpose of improving the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States. To reach the widest number of people possible, the commission established a website and a toll free telephone number to coordinate the presentation of educational materials from across the spectrum of federal agencies that deal with financial issues and markets.

Quotesmith owns and operates Insure, a comprehensive online consumer insurance information service that caters to the needs of self-directed insurance shoppers. Insure provides a comprehensive array of comparative auto, life and health quotes, including a vast library of originally authored insurance articles and decision making tools that are not available from any other single source. Visitors can now obtain instant quotes from more than 200 leading insurers, achieve maximum savings and have the freedom to buy from any company shown. The Company provides up-to-the-day accurate quotes for several lines of insurance including:
  • Auto
  • Dental
  • Group medical
  • Homeowners
  • Individual and family medical
  • Life
  • Medicare supplement
  • Motorcycle
  • Short term medical insurance
  • Travel
Student Gateway to the U.S. Government
This is an official U.S. government website designed for college students and their families. Our mission is to provide you with easy access to information and resources from the U.S. government - all the info you need, in one place, from all parts of the government.

Social Security Online
This is the official site of the U.S. Social Security Administration. It has information on social security numbers, retirement benefits, disability, Medicare, and other issues related to social security.

Tom’s Hardware
This hardware site is a comprehensive source of today’s news and analysis of current computer technology and is perfect for:
Computer buffs and IT professionals looking for the latest hardware tips
Gaming enthusiasts who want to meet other fans
Business people who need the best mobile devices
Electronics enthusiasts who are building a state-of-the-art home office.

Underwriters Laboratories
This agency develops standards and test procedures for materials, components, assemblies, tools, equipment and procedures, chiefly dealing with product safety and utility. You can check to see what products are already certified, submit products for testing, and read warnings regarding unsafe products.

Top 15 Most Popular Business Websites
Hunting for information about business news? Here are the top ranked business sites.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
This independent federal agency was established by Congress to assist, counsel, support and protect the interest of small business concerns and to assist them in their start-up and growth. There is information on the state and national level for starting, financing, and managing small businesses.

Consumer Information Collection
You can find information sites from West Virginia University Libraries, including:
  • Almanacs
  • Biographies
  • Calendars
  • Dictionaries and thesauri
  • Encyclopedias
  • Style manuals
  • Weights and measures