We use all the following
and recommend them to you:
Internet filter: Safe Eyes. Keep pornography etc. off your computer.
email at mail.yahoo.com:
the most reliable and lowest hassle free email service on the web. Save
This is a free service that lets you save and distribute links on the web.
Start an email newsletter for your Web site or business. IntelliContact is our recommended email list management software. This is the one we use.
CallWave for their fax to email service.
search engine we've found is Google.
Check out toolbar.google.com
for a cool service.
Ebay: for Ebay sign up here.
Books: The best online Christian bookstore
of course!) is ChristianBook.com.
Please always use this link to shop there as we have
an affiliate relationship with them. Please always use this
shop at Amazon.com
for the same reason. Likewise for Half.com
which is one place where we go for used books. Also check out
new books - they've started to have excellent prices. Another
place for used Christian books is: Kregel.
Also try Brightlight
searches over 40 bookstores for used books. AllBookstores
searches stores too. Also BestWebBuys
for new books, etc. Alibris for
Audio books: Audible.
Magazines: We read (and recommend) U.S.
News & World Report and also PC
World is also very good on computer stuff. For cutting edge
business/culture we like Fast
2.0. For other magazines, Magazines.com
has good subscription prices.
Computer stuff: For software: Academic Superstore (will sometimes give academic discounts to home schoolers). For new computers we
For software and a variety of other stuff, Buy.com will
sometimes have the best price; try also Ecost and Computers4Sure.com.
Cheap electronics at
Music stuff: Guitar Trader, Instrument Pro (Be sure to feature this coupon code (AFF01), which is good for 5% off any
purchase at Instrument Pro).
We use GoDaddy
for domain registration - it's the cheapest around. For
good quality, inexpensive Dreamweaver or Frontpage templates for
websites try Sitebuilder.
Security stuff: Zone
Alarm is highly recommended for free firewall protection.
If you need email
encryption then we highly recommend Zixmail,
a paid service, or try SecureNym
which is built specifically for missions. Lavasoft makes Ad-aware:
a recommended and free spyware removal utility that scans
your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components
and lets you remove them safely. Also check out Spybot;
it's free and excellent.
Comparison shopping sites: Pricewatch.com;
Using Microsoft Office: assistance
Virus Stuff: For a free online virus scanner see Trend
Micro. Free AVG
antivirus software. Please check Computer Associates' Virus
Encyclopedia for information re viruses and the equally pervasive
virus hoaxes. See Virus
Hoaxes for information on what hoaxes are and how to tell
Hoaxes, etc.: Hoaxbusters
has a good list of hoax sites (phony emails, urban legends, etc.).
probes health and medical hoaxes. Committee
for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
examines things like aliens and dowsing, etc. James
Randi Educational Foundation debunks various psychic hoaxes.
Stuff: extensive homework
site from Microsoft. Top sites for students. For kids
privacy issues. For clean joke
site. Oxford site about
words. Online thesaurus.
Tax: With the Quicken
Tax Freedom Project, you might be able to prepare and e-file
your federal and state returns for free.
For cheap tickets check out Hotwire.com.
Or Economy Travel. Or Travel
Now. We also check prices on Orbitz or Expedia or Cheap Tickets or
has a decent site for checking cheap prices too. On-Line
Airline Information Web site is great for general information.
For seat information on planes. A great help - this site gives seat maps and recommendations!
For Radisson Hotels. For
Hotels.com. Or: hoteldiscounts.net. To
send money by Western Union. For cruises. For Ebags.com.
Frequent Flyer Programs:
United: join "Mileage Plus."
See our missions trip
resource page for extensive information on travel.
Phone Cards: Noblecom
has great rates.
Currency Conversion: XE.com or CNN
directories: 1-800-FREE-411, AT&T,
National Do Not Call Registry: Most telemarketers
cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do
Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone
numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five
years. Register here.
Indiana Telephone Privacy Program: Being
placed on the Telephone
Privacy List will eliminate most telemarketing calls! Here
is the phone number to call to add your phone number to the Attorney
General's list that prohibits telemarketers from calling your
home: 1-888-834-9969 or 1-800-382-5516. They will ask for the
name that appears on your phone bill, address and phone number.
Also, check out Junkbusters.com
for a variety of information.
The Direct Marketing Association
has established privacy protection guidelines and fair information
practices for the direct marketing industry. Copies of these guidelines
and practices may be obtained from the Direct Marketing Association,
1111 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036-3603.
If you would like to reduce the amount of national
advertising mail or telemarketing calls you receive at home, please
Mail Preference Service
c/o Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008
Telephone Preference Service
c/o Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9014
Farmingdale, NY 11735-9014
These services are provided as a free consumer service
by the Direct Marketing Association. You should see a reduction
in the amount of national and/or local advertising you receive
within 90 days after registering with these services. For both
services, you must include your first and last name, address,
city, state and ZIP code. Also, for the Telephone Preference Service,
you must also include your area code and telephone number.
To cut down on preapproved credit card offers, opt
out by calling 888-567-8688.