Links of the Month
December – Cookie Swap
All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies
Offerings from Ladies Home Journal.
Cookie Exchange Party Basics
Martha Stewart Christmas Cookies
November – Home for the Holidays
Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Planner
Do a bit at a time for a stress-free holiday. And specifically for Christmas.
HGTV Holiday Decorating
And specifically for Christmas.
Martha Stewart Holidays
October – Shop Safely Online
Better Business Bureau
Information from the Federal Government
Internet Crime Complaint Center
Created in partnership with the FBI.
On Guard Online
Sponsored by the American Bar Association
September – Private Lessons: Find a Local Teacher to Learn Almost Anything
Find local music and singing lessons.
Find local tutors who will come to your home or will teach online.
August – Donate, Trade, Barter, or Rent
Recycle by donating to a Freecycle group. Freecycle is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.” This link is for the Downers Grove-Woodridge area.
Search by zip code to borrow or rent needed items from neighbors. This is a fairly new site with limited offerings but shows great promise.
A variety of items from Cubs tickets to real estate. Most listings are posted to sell or trade.
Barter goods and services locally.
Rent a wide variety of items by specifying a location.
July – Rescuing Wildlife from the Oil Spill
International Bird Rescue Research Center
US Fish and Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Federation
June – Summer Travel, Know Before You Go
Federal Aviation Administration
National Traffic and Road Closure Information
Airline seating charts, airline comparison charts by class, travel tips and more.
Transportation Security Administration
Traveler’s Health Information from the CDC
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs
Tips and travel advisories for domestic and international destinations.
May – Garage and Yard Sales
• Locating Sales
Plan your outing by using this map of posted sales.
Garage Sale Warrior
Find sales from Chicago Now.
Garage Sales Tracker.com
Download their ap for your iPhone to refer to on the go or advertise your own sale here.
Yard Sale Treasure Map.com
Finds local sales advertised in Craigslist and offers directions for printing.
• Planning a Successful Sale
Tips for a Successful Yard Sale
General Pricing Guidelines from eHow.com
April – Surviving a Layoff
How to Network Socially if You’re Laid Off
Laid Off Camp
Surviving a Layoff
Surviving a Layoff from About.com
March – Household Records
Household Inventory Booklet with Forms
IRS Guidelines for Record Keeping for Individuals
Records Retention Guidelines
February – Hard-to-Find Telephone Numbers and Useful Directory Sites
All Area Codes
Find Cell Phone Numbers
Find Out Who’s Calling You
Helping consumers identify unknown callers and stop spam telephone calls.
Reverse Telephone Numbers
Enter the telephone number, find the person.
Speak to a Human Being
Find phone numbers, customer service shortcuts, reviews & tips for better support worldwide.
January – Book Discussion Groups
Book Club Resource.com
Reading Group Guides.com