Nearly 25 years ago, the home computer first made its appearance
in American homes, and roughly a decade ago, the Internet began making its presence
known. Today, the home computer is a common fixture, and some 189 million Americans
have Internet access.
They use the Web for everything
imaginable. In Bankrate's Guide to eMoney, we'll explore the most-common ways
Americans use computers and the Internet to improve their financial lives.
begin by providing general Advice
& Tips on how to get started improving your family finances with your
home computer, organizing your financial life and protecting yourself against
ID theft and scammers.
We also explore the growing
trend in electronic Banking
-- how it works, its level of security, common scams, how to decide if e-banking
is right for you and, if so, how to find and check out various banks.
In our Bill
Paying section we examine the process of getting yourself
set up to receive and make payments, and figure out how to keep
track of it all, the benefits and disadvantages -- even the best
ways to file and pay the IRS.
And when it comes to Borrowing
money, Americans in ever-increasing numbers are turning to the Internet.
We look at finding the best credit card for your needs, review auto
loans, original and refi mortgages and include a glimpse at credit
Finally, we'll take a look at Shopping
on the Web and provide some valuable tips on how you can use the
Internet to save money on almost anything you want or need to buy,
from merchandise and cars to real estate and insurance.