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10-10 PhoneRates.com – Compares long-distance phone rates.
Autosite – 800 numbers, recalls, and more
Better Business Bureaus
Consumer.gov – Includes Consumer’s Resource Handbook.
Consumer Guide – Includes Best Buys .
Consumer Information Center – Source for government publications.
Consumer Price Indexes
Consumerworld – Searchable catalog of useful consumer resources.
Cost of Living Calculator
Credit Report – Request a free copy of your credit reports.
Do Not Call Registry
Edmunds.com – New & used vehicle values
Federal Trade Commission – Lots of articles on all kinds of consumer subjects. More than 20 articles under each heading with subdivisions. Consumer related subjects include everything from Advertising to Tobacco (and Y2K). The section on products and services includes a wide variety of subjects – buying jewelry, new clothing care labels, pre-paid phone cards.
Kelley Blue Books – Car values and more.
Frugal Living – If you’re in search of creative ways to stretch your dollars, check out these tips.
Medicare – Nursing Home Compare – Offers comparisons of nursing homes in one’s chosen location and compares them according to criteria searcher selects. Offers explanations of why certain aspects are important when choosing a nursing home.
NADA Guides.com – Used vehicle values.
National Consumers League – Protection against fraud.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – All kinds of motor vehicle safety issues are dealt with. Includes crash test ratings. School bus safety is a hot topic and this site addresses some of the issues.
National Safety Council Library – Links to articles of interest to personal and business/industry consumers. Articles cover ergonomics, first aid, injury statistics, indoor air quality, emergency and risk management, chemicals and chemical safety, and electronics recycling.
Scout Report Best Sites – Guide to best internet sites.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Report unsafe products here.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Moving.com – Moving helps