Consumer Resources Websites
Annual Credit Report - Site for information on obtaining your free annual credit reports to which all are now entitled by law.
 
BestPlaces - Provides comparative information for cities including climate, schools, cost of living and crime rates. Includes a salary calculator which compares cities side-by-side in areas such as housing, food and taxes.
 
Better Business Bureau - Consumer Alerts and Online complaint forms. Links to local Better Business Bureau offices.
 
Charity Navigator - Provides ratings and other information for many prominent charities.
 
Consumer Information Center - Full Text versions of Federal Consumer publications. Service is provided by the Consumer Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration.
 
Consumer Protection - State of Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection provides information on product alerts and recalls, common consumer complaints (with the option to file a complaint online), food safety issues, advice on animals and weights and measures.
 
Consumer Price Indexes - Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes recent releases and data going back to 1913. Also provides an inflation calculator. For another inflation calculator, allowing a comparison of past and current year values, see "What is a Dollar Worth" from the MSP Federal Reserve Bank.
 
Consumer Search - Find reviews of consumer products. Includes links to other consumer web sites. Formerly called Product Review Net.
 
Consumer World - Contains over 1700 links to consumer resources on the Internet. Includes product reviews.
 
Efficiency Ratings for Heating and Water Heating Equipment (GAMA) - The Gas Appliance Manufactureres Association updates ratings on gas and oil heating equipment and gas, oil and electric water heaters twice yearly. Uses PDF format which requires Adobe Acrobat.
 
Give.org - Provides ratings and financial information for hundred of nonprofits and notes whether they meet the standards for fund raising of the Better Business Bureau.
 
GuideStar - While this site does not rate charities, potential donors can find information on over 700,000 nonprofit organizations. When available this includes a description of their mission, program services, finances, accomplishments, goals, and leadership. Information is obtained from the IRS and from the organizations themselves.
 
HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act) - Public loan data that can be used to assist in determining whether financial institutions are serving the housing needs of their communities, provided by the Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council.
 
Insurance Commisioner of Wisconsin - Consumer Information - The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin provides a wide range of consumer information, including company lookups, procedures and forms for filing a complaint and answers to frequently asked questions.
 
International Salary Calculator - Allows comparison of the cost of living between hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
 
National Do Not Call Registry - Information and registration for the federal telemarketing no call list.
 
Recalls.gov - A combined effort of 6 government agancies, this will take you to the latest information concerning recalls of food, vehicles, boats, medicine and other items.
 
Sam's Photofact Electronic Repair Manuals - Sam's is a source for copies of manufacturers' service literature, owner's manuals and technical data dating back to pre-World War II.
 
Unclaimed Property Program - Wisconsin State Treasurer - Allows search of Wisconsin's unclaimed property database. You can also search a multi-state database and find information about unclaimed property.
 
U.S Consumer Gateway - Provides links to official Federal Government information consumer sites. Subjects include food, health, product safety, your money, and transportation.
 
Wisconsin Front Door Housing - Listings of affordable housing for Kenosha and Wisconsin. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
 
Wisconsin No Call List - Information and registration for the Wisconsin telemarketing no call list.
Kenosha Public Library - PO Box 1414 - Kenosha, WI 53141-1414 - (262) 564-6100