The Internet contains a wealth of information on virtually any topic imaginable. Some of it is extremely useful, while other content isn’t so reputable.
In this column, I’ve compiled nine really useful websites that can make your life easier, save you money or time, or provide some fun and entertainment. I would be interested in hearing about websites you find useful as well – just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Planning a weekend get-away? Heading to Evansville, but need to fuel the car? We all know that gas prices can vary from town to town. GasBuddy.com can help you locate the cheapest gasoline prices throughout the nation. Prices are continually updated as users report gas prices in their area. Mobile apps can be installed on your iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone to help you find the cheapest gas while you’re on the go.
2) Rather than throw out an item because of an ugly stain, check out www.HowToCleanAnything.com. This website features hundreds of handy tips and tricks for removing stains and cleaning all sorts of items – from carpets to vehicles to sports equipment and more.
3) Financial advisors recommend reviewing your credit report at least annually to make sure its information is correct. AnnualCreditReport.com is the only website that allows you free access to your personal credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (one per year from each agency).
4) When you were growing up, were you always taking things apart to figure out how they worked? Now you don’t have to. HowStuffWorks.com tells you exactly what you want to know about almost anything. And if you think you know it already, take their quizzes to find out.
5) Need a phone number, but don’t have a phone book handy? Whitepages.com allows you to find people or businesses quickly and easily – including phone numbers and addresses. You can also do a reverse phone lookup if you want to find out who a phone number belongs to.
6) Tired of having to listen to the confusing automated phone answering systems when calling big companies? All you want to do is speak to a human, right? GetHuman.com tracks the best phone numbers and contact options for over 8,000 companies worldwide to help get you to the right person quickly.
7) Your calendar age may not reflect your “physical age” (the age of your body). Leading doctors, including Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, developed RealAge.com to help you find out your body’s health age. Simply complete the online test, review the results, then follow their health advice to improve your overall wellness.
8) Looking for a truly unique gift for that someone special? Got a simple task you need done, but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Visit Fiverr.com and see if someone is willing to do it for you for only $5. You’ll find offers ranging from normal “I will draw you a caricature for $5” to zany “I will hand letter your message on my beer gut for $5.”
9) Enjoy listening to the radio, but hate the constant commercials? Want music tailored to your particular taste or a certain genre? Pandora.com is a free Internet radio station that allows you to build stations around an artist, a genre, or a song. You can also purchase an annual subscription for $36 that removes the ads.