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- Capital One 360 – no fee checking and savings **
- Give.org There should be a larger percent going towards that cause than to the people running the charity.
Credit and Financial Information
- AnnualCreditReport.com – The government has authorized you to receive one free credit report from each of the three credit reporting agencies. Sign up for my newsletter Money Choices and receive a reminder three times per year to order your free credit report.
- MyFico (your official score – you will be charged a fee)
- CreditKarma (free close approximation of your official score)
- CreditSesame (free close approximation of your official score)
- Quizzle.com (free close approximation of your official score)
- Ballpark Estimate Online – An easy-to-use, interactive tool that helps you quickly identify approximately how much you need to save to fund a comfortable retirement.
Student Loan Information
- National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) – For information on your government student loans
Declutter – Donation, Recycle and Sales Sites
There are many places in each and every community, think locally (local non-profits, schools, organizations and more in your community) in addition to these national suggestions.
- Renovation Angel accepts high end appliances and more.
- Check with your local utility companies, ours will remove appliances for free.
- Locally, contact your fire department or auto / technical schools; some will take cars for training purposes. In addition, many charities will accept donation of cars for resale.
Blankets, Towels and Linens
- Donate only if in good condition to local shelters for the homeless, battered women safe homes or to your local humane society / animal shelters.
Building Materials / Home / Household Items
- Women Only: Dress for Success accept donations of professional and business attires and accessories to promote economic independence of women.
- Men & Women: Men’s Wearhouse has a National Suit Drive in July.
- Career Gear
Clothing / Shoes
- Local consignment shops, thrift shops and charities
- Retro / Vintage stores for vintage clothing typically more than 20 years old
- Donate My Dress for Prom and Special Occasion Dresses and your local high school. In addition, formal wear can also be donated to the theater department as costumes – think schools and local theater companies.
- Suits both Men’s and Women’s
- Nike Re Use A Shoe Program to recycle your old athletic shoes. Nike stores have a collection box.
Computers / Electronic Equipment / Cell Phones
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
- Cristina Foundation
- Music and Memories
- National Coalition Again Domestic Violence
- In addition, many stores and website have a trade in program, such as Amazon, Best Buy, Apple, Microsoft etc. where you can trade in your old electronics for a credit towards something you purchase.
- Ebags Trade In, Trade Up Trade in your unwanted luggage for a credit towards a future purchase.
- Crayola Color Cycle will accept all brands of markers for recycling
Media: Books / Magazines / CD’s / DVD’s
- PaperBackSwap.com to swap with others.
- Better World Books to have them shipped to people around the world.
- Second Spin to trade in your CD’s, DVD’s and more.
- Discogs for music – vinyl, CD’s, cassettes and more.
- Book Scouter for textbooks.
- The Pinwheel Project – children books and candy.
- Contact used book stores and libraries for what they accept.
- Contact local schools and hospitals.
- Nursing homes / Veterans services.
- Some doctor’s offices and hair salon will take them.
Packing Foam or Peanuts
- Local packing and shipping store or reuse the next time you ship a package.
Photos, Slides and Movies
- Southtree great service for digitizing your family’s memories from all media types.
Stuffed Toys / Toys
- Local firehouses sometimes accept donations of stuffed toys to give to children after fires / traumas.
- Local animal shelter to comfort pets.
- We also have a church thrift shop that will accept them and they sell them for pet toys.
- Mattel will recycle old toys.
- Northeast Cycles
- Local non profits such as YMCA / YWCA / Schools, etc.
Declutter – Online and Resale Sites
- DonationTown.org you can get a list of organizations that will pick up in your location.
- Next Door has a for sale / free section for selling locally
- Once Upon a Child
- Play It Again Sports
Discounts & Rebates
- AARP.org. (Memberships and discounts for people over 50)
- ApplianceRebate.com before you buy an appliance to see if there are rebates available.
- BillShrink.com to save money on bills.
- CTSmartBuys (Connecticut only).
- Your local stores website for their online coupons and discount programs.
Food, Fitness and Personal Care
- Center for Food Safety
- Environmental Working Group
- Food Babe
- Lose It
- Vital Choice
- Young Living ** Sponsor #3932505
There are many ways to recycle at home. We personally use a rain barrel to collect water for our garden and flower beds. We compost some of our waste, grass clippings and leaves. We carefully consider what to do with the rest of our trash. Our town has a great recycling program. Newspapers, mixed paper, all plastics, metal, glass and cardboard go to our transfer station in town. We do this all the time.
We participate in several town and state “special day” programs, such as “hazardous waste day”, “prescription / over the counter medication disposal day”, “sneaker recycle day”, “America Recycles” and others. You can find information on special disposal days near you by going to your state or city website. We are on the email list for our local politicians and receive announcements of these special events.
Electronic Trade In Programs at certain times of the year. Check the stores that sell electronics website for details. You might be able to earn money back.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Find your state on the Environmental Protection agency website. Look for ReUse Centers and Material Exchanges. You should find a list of locations in your state where you can donate and/or buy reusable goods.
Grocery Stores – many stores will accept your plastic bags for recycle. Paper bags can be giving to local organization that deliver food / meals.
Home Depot – has drop off boxes and accepts used light bulbs and old batteries at their stores.
Verizon Wireless Stores – electronic items. They accept cell phones, tablets, netbooks and mobile hotspot devices from any carrier AND you may be eligible for a gift card. For every device recycled, they will also make a $1 contribution to HopeLine®. Learn more here: VerizonWireless.com
- Billeo.com helps you to find the lowest price on the item you want to purchase online.
- CarFax.com – you can check to see if a car you are buying is considered a lemon. This is listed under FREE services.
- Consumer Action Handbook – helps consumers with making purchases and getting help with problems and complaints. You can download your free copy at their website.
- Price Grabber
Stopping Spam and Calls
Unwanted Phone Books – to stop receiving paper copies of some phone books www.YellowPagesOptOut.com
- City Mapper
- Free Walking Tours are available in many cities and countries.
- Seat Guru to find the best seats on each and every flight.
- Tom’s Port Guides great details on many cruise ports of calls.
- Trip It
- World Clock
- XE Currency
- (Your own member / miles airline and hotel apps)
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