Attend free financial workshops
Most credit unions take financial literacy very seriously, so they offer free workshops and financial counseling.
"Everyone should have a budgeting tool," Legg says. "And credit unions do assessments, including full financial ones."
For example, Landmark Credit Union in New Berlin, Wisconsin, holds seminars on budgeting and homebuying. Retirement planning and managing credit are other topics the credit union covers.
"We've always looked out for the little guy," says Patricia Ransom, a vice president at Landmark. "People don't get financial education in schools."
And The Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, California, with more than 700,000 members, offers a slew of online seminars covering everything from asset allocation to Roth IRA conversions. It also offers advice on what to do if you lose a job and how to recognize elder financial abuse.