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There should be a larger percent going towards that cause than to the people running the charity. For the facts, go to Give.org.
Credit and Financial Information
- AnnualCreditReport.com – government authorized free credit report.
- MyFico (official score – you will be charged a fee)
- CreditKarma (free close approximination of your official score)
- CreditSesame (free close approximination of your official score)
- Quizzle.com (free close approximination of your official score)
- MyMoney.gov – Financial Literacy and Education Commission provides online financial education resources.
- Ballpark E$timate 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 Sites
There are many places in each and every community, think locally in addition to these national suggestions.
- Auto-Donation.com. 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.
- Wheels for Wishes Associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, your vehicle will either be auctioned off or recycled. Either, the proceeds benefit your local Make-A-Wish chapter.
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.
- PaperBackSwap.com to swap with others.
- Better World Books to have them shipped to people around the world.
- Contact used book stores for what they accept.
- Local schools and hospitals (call ahead)
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- 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.
- Men Only: Career Gear accepts clothing and accessories. Check the website drop-off locations and donation dates.
Cartridges (Laser and Ink Jet)
- Staples accepts toner and ink jet cartridges and will send you money in the form of reward to be used at a store or online.
- 911 Cell Phone Bank (used as emergency phone for law enforcement agencies),
- Cell Phones for Soldiers
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- Local consignment shops
- Retro / Vintage stores for vintage clothing typically more than 20 years old.
- Local thrift shops and charities
- Donate My Dress for Prom and Special Occasion Dresses
Craft and Art Supplies
- The Dreaming Zebra Foundation collects arts and crafts supplies so that children and young adults are given the opportunity to develop their creativity.
- Wire hangers can be given back to your local dry cleaners
- Nursing homes
- Veterans’ services
- Some doctor’s offices and hair salon will take them.
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Packing Foam or Peanuts
- Local packing and shipping store
- Nike Re Use A Shoe Program to recycle your old athletic shoes
Declutter – Resale Sites
- Entertainment Book – a book that you can purchase for your area or an area that you are visiting for discounts and coupons
Food and Personal Care
- Environmental Working Group
- YoungLiving ** Sponsor #3932505
Lose Weight or Get Fit
- AAA – Automobile club
- AARP.org. (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.
There are many ways to recycle at home. We personally use a barrel to collect water for the garden and flower beds. We compost some of our waste and leaves. We carefully consider what to do with the rest of our trash. Our town has a great recycling program. Newspapers, all plastics, metal, glass and cardboard go to our transfer station in town.
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” 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 politician, and he sends announcements of these special events to his constituents ahead of time as a reminder.
Costco – has an electronics trade-in program at certain times of the year. Check the website for details. You can earn money back in the form of a Costco card.
Earth911.com – Earth911.com is a website that allows you to search for recycling drop-off locations by zip code. You will be surprised by the number of local businesses willing to take cans, plastic bags, bottles and paper products.
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.
Home Depot – accepts CFL light bulbs and batteries at their stores.
Recycle Bank – they recycle a lot of materials through their centers and you are rewarded with coupons.
Target Stores – recycling bins for plastic bags, ink cartridges, glass, plastic, aluminum, cell phones and mp3 players.
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
Wheels for Wishes If your car is only good for the dump, consider offering it here. Your vehicle will be recycled and the proceeds will benefit your local Make-A-Wish chapter.
Whole Foods Market – Number 5 plastics can be dropped off at the stores.
- Amazon Price Check
- 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.
- Price Grabber
- Red Laser
- Shop Savvy
Stopping Spam and Calls
- City Mapper
- Hop Stop
- Packing Pro (iPhone)/
- Packing List (Android)
- Trip It
- World Clock
- XE Currency
- (Your own member / miles airline and hotel apps)
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