I suspect many of you are like me and hear this occasionally as you’re sitting in front of your computer surfing the Web before bedtime: “Honey, it’s late, are you coming to bed yet?” Yes, sometimes I do get too wrapped up in the Internet, but it is such a great information resource that I find myself turning to it for just about everything. I thought for this article I would share some of the sites that I use regularly to help me with life’s daily tasks and challenges.
Time to plan that special summer vacation for the family? Check out www.orbitz.com, www.expedia.com, www.travelocity.com, www.tripadvisor.com or travel.yahoo.com. If camping is your thing, definitely try www.reserveamerica.com.
Get your driving directions at www.mapquest.com or the American Automobile Association Web site at www.aaa.com. And, of course, don’t forget to check the weather before you leave: www.weather.com, www.accuweather.com or www.noaa.org.
Ready to tackle some plumbing, painting or electrical work around the house? You’ll find plenty of how-to articles and advice at www.doityourself.com, www.hometime.com, and www.hammerzone.com.
Thinking about selling or buying a new home? www.realtor.com is a excellent place to start.
Get your free annual credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Whether managing my checkbook or savings account or paying bills online, I do it all through www.psecu.com, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union site. Online banking saves time and postage. Check out your bank’s Web site to see what online services are available or take a look at www.checkfree.com, www.paytrust.com, or bills.yahoo.com. Paying bills online is so easy; it almost makes me forget the pain in my wallet!
For stock trading and investment research, it’s hard to beat the original online trading service, www.etrade.com. You’ll also find many other financial resources at www.marketwatch.com, www.moneycentral.msn.com and finance.yahoo.com.
Of course there’s always online shopping at www.amazon.com, www.overstock.com and www.ebay.com. Living in Montoursville, I also use www.lowes.com, www.walmart.com and www.circuitcity.com. It’s convenient to order and pay for something from the Circuit City web site, then hop in the car for a short drive to the store where my item is waiting for pick up!
Time to renew your car or driver’s registration? Head over to dmv.state.pa.us.
Want to add more memory or perhaps a new DVD drive to your computer system? Try www.newegg.com. Looking for a new computer or video game for those rainy summer weekends, check out the reviews at www.gamespot.com.
How about a new cooking recipe? You’ll find thousands at www.allrecipes.com and www.epicurious.com. If you’re a summer backyard grilling fan, try www.thesmokering.com for great barbecue recipes and tips.
It’s time to plant that summer garden—I always start at www.garden.com, then the National Gardening Association at www.garden.org and finally the online garden planning tool on Lowes’ Web site: www.lowes.com. For lawn advice, my favorite is www.scotts.com.
Of course since summer is right around the corner it’s time to keep up with the NFL draft: www.nfl.com/draft, the NBA playoffs: www.nba.com, NASCAR: www.nascar.com and the PGA tour: www.pgatour.com.
Wow! After all that surfing, I’m ready to kick back and take it easy. For some relaxing entertainment, I’ll check out the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com, for recommendations and reviews. Then I’ll go to www.cinemanow.com or www.movielink.com to download a movie to watch on my PC. Uh-oh, wait, I hear Wendy calling. Oh well, no movie for now. I’ve got to go.
Until next time, happy Internet surfing! But don’t spend too much time in front of that computer, get out there and enjoy this wonderful Pennsylvania spring weather.