Dollars and sensibility

If you’re not a finance whiz, check out these helpful tools recommended by Larry Alton, Lifehacker blogger, in his top 10 sites about personal finance for free:

WiseBread is all about “living large on a small budget.” From shopping smart to investing wisely, WiseBread speaks plainly about managing money and credit. The information is updated for seasonal relevance, too!

BankingSense is the bank advisor you wish you were important enough to sit down and chat with. From credit cards and mortgage loans to bank accounts and taxes, BankingSense breaks it down into bite-size pieces.

BankRate is the quintessential site for CD rates, loan rates and more. It has clever search engines to help you zero in on just the banking products in which you are interested, then helps you find the institution and rate that suits you best.