Money Matters - The Finale

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-07-10 05:15:39 -0500
Started 2010-07-09 21:14:14 -0500

I am glad that I was able to share some of the websites that I use relating to help us (as consumers) get more for our money. This will be the finale of the series unless I come up with some other sites.

In this issue of “Money Matters,” I don’t have an actual subject or title but wanted to present a few websites that relate to money. The first site that I would like to review is the site, This is a legitimate website in which various states hold unclaimed funds for people who may have moved or for whom the holders have lost touch with the owners. Several years ago I found I was listed on the site for an insurance policy overpayment. It wasn’t a whole lot of money, maybe $30. I’ve been able to tell businesses, friends and co-workers of more sizeable amounts.

As you may or may not know I am a bit of a junkie … personal finance, not drugs. I enjoy hanging out at the library for the many books, magazines, DVDs, and even computer software. I have a pretty decent although not perfect credit score. These days credit reports and scores hold a great deal of weight in terms of interest rates and also housing, employment and insurance qualifications. You can get an estimated snapshot of your credit score at which is a free service. And while there are a number of credit report websites out there, the one I have found without the fine print (signing up for services you don’t need) is

Also, I would like to alert you to a number of websites that offer free downloadable software. My favorite site is (mentioned before). I have downloaded (worry-free) programs like Adaware by Lavasoft, Search & Destroy, and others. Disclaimer: always make sure you have an updated virus software program when downloading from anywhere on the internet … for your own safety.

So, I pose to you a question … do you know of any websites or resources that can help DC members in regards to their money matters that you’d like to share???

2 replies

monkeymama 2010-07-09 22:00:21 -0500 Report

Hello there Ray! I will definitely have to look into the one for our credit reports. Jim and I are trying to get all of our debts slowly cleared up before it gets too bad and we have to file bankruptcy. My husband might like the one for PC's. Right now, the way our insurance and everything else has been going. Every bit helps us. Thank you for all of your tips.

RAYT721 2010-07-10 05:15:39 -0500 Report

Some of the sites have come from a book called "Rule the Web" by Mark Frauenfelder. I first got the book from the library and bought a copy for myself as a reference book for like $3. The book is not only about money things but discusses sites for holding blogs and podcasts, travel sites, RSS feeds, video game sites and way too much to mention. I recommend checking out the book.