FREE Programs & Info
(CAUTION: As with software programs in general and free ["open source"] ones in particular, keeping programs up to date with the latest updates is crucial.)

  • AbiWord - WORD PROCESSING program.
  • Add This - SHARING tool for recommending web content.
  • CCleaner - Deletes USAGE DATA ("erases tracks") and cleans the registry.
  • Drop My Rights - Utility from Microsoft, designed to improve SECURITY for programs that access the internet (web browser, e-mail, etc.).
  • Google Earth - "Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others."
  • Fetch Book - Lowest prices on BOOKS, both used and new.
  • File Hippo - A variety of free software programs.
  • ImgBurn - "A lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application."
  • Notepad++ - "Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License."
  • Open Office - A viable alternative to Microsoft Office.
  • Recuva - "A freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer."
  • SIW - System information tool. "Everything you want to know about your computer." (older version is free)
  • SPAM - Report malicious SPAM to the USDOJ.
  • SpotCrime.com - How safe is your neighborhood? Keep track of crimes committed in your area.
  • Stellarium - "Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope."
  • TeamViewer - "TeamViewer connects to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. You can remote control your partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it."
  • Universal Extractor - "Universal Extractor is a program designed to decompress and extract files from any type of archive or installer."
  • The World Clock - The current TIME in major cities, with a link for the weather.
  • WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") web page creator/editor - KompoZer | SeaMonkey

NOT FREE But Very Useful

  • CrossOver - Run Windows based programs on Mac or Linux.
  • Nero - A suite of software that includes a top notch cd/dvd burning program.
  • NetZero DSL - Broadband internet service. (Referred by: ShakeAndShine@netzero.net)
  • WinZip - Zips and encrypts folders/files. Feature: The encryption option is a very nice feature.


Money-Saving Sites (info courtesy of Judy Woodward Bates):

  • PaperbackSwap.com
    Register for free membership and list your pre-read books here. When another member requests one of yours, you pay for inexpensive media shipping; likewise, you can request books from other members and pay nothing for your "new" reading material. You can search by category and material type, such as textbooks, children's, teens, mystery, cooking, books-on-CD, etc.
  • SwapaCD.com and SwapaDVD.com
    These sites work much like PaperbackSwap.com, except that you pay 49 cents for CDs you request.
  • CurrentCodes.com
    If there's a discount code for any site you plan to shop, this site usually lists it. For example, I recently found an 80 percent off code for Restaurant.com.
  • Restaurant.com
    Whether home or vacationing, buying these certificates can save you big-time on eating out. Search by state and region, and even narrow your search to city and area of city. A $25 certificate (which usually requires a $35 purchase) is only $10; a $10 certificate (usually requiring a $20 purchase) is around $3 or $4. Find an applicable discount code like I did and save even more.
  • Dayspring.com
    Save time and money by sending Scripture e-cards. There are hundreds of general and special occasion cards to choose from, plus fabulous inspirational videos -- all absolutely free!
  • Lexulous.com
    Play a free online version of Scrabble against computerized or real opponents from all over the U.S. and beyond.
  • Deezer.com
    This totally free website allows you to select (legally) and set up your own playlist and listen to all the music you love.
  • BlueLetterBible.org
    Free access to oodles of Bible translations, commentaries, sermons, and more.
  • SideStep.com
    Simultaneously check the prices on every major travel website.
  • SkyAuction.com
    Save a bundle by bidding on your next cruise, hotel or condo stay. The website has other travel options, plus general merchandise. Low-cost "buy it now" options are also listed.
  • VRBO.com
    Cut the cost of your next vacation by renting directly from the owner at Vacation Rentals By Owner. Choose from budget-conscious to top-of-the scale luxury houses and condos worldwide.

Judy Woodward Bates is a speaker, TV personality on Birmingham's FOX-6 TV, and the author of "Bargainomics: Money Management by the Book." Visit her website at www.bargainomics.com.