Scott C. Marsh, a financial advisor and part-time faculty at BYU's Marriott School, and his teaching assistants combed the Internet for sites that could help people financially, whether by helping them save money or providing a service for free that people usually paid for.
Marsh required that the websites be objective, user-friendly and insightful.
Here are 10 of the sites Marsh calls "the best."
Coming at No. 10 is CreditKarma.com, a site that lets you see your credit score and reports for free. It also offers ways to improve and protect your credit.
PrivacyRights.org lists your rights and how to protect your privacy online, whether protecting your own credit or handling the "do not call" list.
Glassdoor.com lists salaries in different professions and compensation packages among other information for jobs in a particular area.
Powerpay.org is a free, anonymous debt calculator where debts and interest can be typed in, and you can see how to accelerate paying off what you owe.
Zillow.com shows home appraisal values in the last few years along with other information based on recent home sales in the area.
Marsh was buying a video recorder, looked it up on ConsumerSearch.com and found the highest-rated one along with a price. He printed it up, took it to Best Buy, and they price-matched — saving him $80.
Type in what you are shopping for on Pricegrabber.com, from furniture to flowers, and it will show the lowest price for it.
A smart phone app — the Red Laser app (it's $1) for the iPhone, Shop Savvy for Droid and search for Barcode Scanner for one for BlackBerry phones — will compare prices of an item using a photo of the barcode and show you where it is for the lowest price in your zip code.
Marsh said he hasn't ever had a salesperson not price match if you show them the competitor's prices listed on your phone.
"That should be very obvious by what [Findabetterbank.com] is," Marsh said. "It's an extremely efficient website."
Mint.com is a budgeting tool that was initially a competitor to Quicken, but Mint.com offered the same services for free. It was bought by Quicken.
"If you are paying for something off of Quicken, I suggest you go to Mint.com," Marsh said.