Consumer Information

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The only source for free credit reports. Authorized by Federal Law.

Bankrate (website)
Safe and sound rating reviews provide a star-rating system to evaluate the current financial status of banks, credit unions, and more.

Better Business Bureau (website)
Recommends and rates businesses and charities.

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
Find here full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.

Consumer Product Information Database (website)
Learn about ingredients, health effects, and safe handling of common household products.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (website)
You can find here consumer product recalls and safety tips & guidelines.

Consumer Reports – MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
Full text access to Consumer Reports magazine from 1991 onward.

Consumer Search (website) 
Sums up product reviews from numerous print and online sources, reviews the reviewers as to qualifications and testing criteria, provides short and long reviews, and provides a bibliography of sources consulted.

Credit Reports and Scores (website)
Provided by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), this site includes resources which can help you better understand your credit reports and scores, learn how to correct inaccuracies, and improve your credit record over time.

DepositAccounts (website)
Find bank ratings available in this resource.

Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service (website)
Find out how to remove your name from mailing lists and email lists at this site.

Distracted Driving Dashboard (website)
Find here education and more about distracted driving in Ohio from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Energy Saver (website)
You will find links to many energy saving & money saving resources here for the entire home — from appliances through house design and even landscaping.

Energy Star Qualified Appliances (website)
Learn about the ENERGY STAR designation on appliances, and learn how the designation can save you money.

Fake News, Misinformation & Propaganda (website)
Check the resources linked here to learn how to detect fact news and become media smart.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (website)
211 Database, found here, is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of local health and social services.  Individuals can access the database, free of charge, to locate resources.

National Do Not Call Registry (website)
Register online to place your telephone or cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Ohio Crime Victims Rights Toolkit (website)
Created by the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, in the Toolkit, you’ll find nearly everything victims need to know about their rights from the time of first report to a hospital or police through investigation, prosecution, incarceration, and post release control.

Ohio Car Insurance Calculator (ValChoice)
This Ohio car insurance estimator lets you calculate auto insurance costs customized to your age, location, driving record, vehicle, etc. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.

Ohio Home Insurance Calculator (ValChoice)
Use this Ohio home insurance calculator to estimate home insurance costs based on home replacement value and location. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.

Ohio Made Products (website)
Go here to discover products made in the state of Ohio. (website)
Six federal agencies have joined together to make all government recalls easily found at this site. (website) is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database (Database) website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Still Tasty (website)
Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide: “How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty?  What’s the best way to store it?  Get answers for thousands of items!”

ValChoice Insurance Tutorials
Free tutorials covering insurance information for those aged 16-55+