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Better Business Bureau
Recommends and rates businesses and charities.

 Consumer Search
Sums up product reviews from numerous print and online sources, reviews the reviewers as to qualifications and testing criteria, provides short and long reviews, and provides a bibliography of sources consulted.
 
Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service
Find out how to remove your name from mailing lists and email lists at this site. 

Household Products Database
Learn about ingredients, health effects, and safe handling of common household products. 

National Do Not Call Registry
Register online to place your telephone or cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Ohio Made Products
Go here to discover a list of over 250 products made in the state of Ohio.

SaferProducts.gov
SaferProducts.gov is the Publicly Available Consumer Product Safety Information Database (Database) website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Still Tasty
Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide: "How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe and tasty?  What's the best way to store it?  Get answers for thousands of items!"

Appliances

Energy Saver
"Saving Energy Saves You Money - When you throw away money on wasted electricity, you're throwing away everything you could have bought with it. The Department of Energy is partnering with Ad Council to show you how taking a few simple energy saving steps can help you save money in the long run." You will find links to many energy saving & money saving resources here for the entire home -- from appliances through house design and even landscaping.

Energy Star Qualified Appliances
When you consider the purchase of a major appliance, consider its energy efficiency. Learn about the ENERGY STAR designation on appliances, and learn how the designation can save you money. Click on links for individual appliance information
 
Automobiles

Edmunds
Includes new and used car prices, Edmunds.com's True Market Values, editorial reviews of new models, consumer ratings, and vehicle comparison tools.

Fuel Economy Guide
The US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency provide fuel economy comparisons, tips to drive more efficiently and links to finding the lowest gasoline prices.

Kelley Blue Book
Prices new and used motor vehicles and provides links to automotive advice, information about recalls, safety ratings, vehicle history and more.

NADA Guides
Gives free consumer pricing of new, used, and classic cars, plus pricing of boats, aircraft, RVs and more.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Find information and links for getting a driver's license, vehicle registration, and more, including the Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws.

SaferCar.gov
Lists crash and rollover test results and vehicle defects, brought to you by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 

Housing

Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPV)
The Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF) is a nonprofit group that helps financially challenged homeowners navigate their budget problems and, whenever possible, help them to avoid mortgage foreclosure – and they do it free of charge. To talk with one of their housing counselors, please call their Homeowner’s HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE™ (4673). 

Loan Calculator (FINRA)
Use this calculator to determine the monthly payment for that car loan. See if an extra year on the term of the loan really makes sense. Use our calculator to find out.

Making Home Affordable
The Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program includes opportunities to modify or refinance your mortgage to make your monthly payments more affordable and includes the Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program for homeowners who are interested in a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure.

Mortgage APR Calculator
This Dinkytown.net calculator is used to determine the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for your mortgage. A report is generated from the results of the calculation.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency
From rental to homeownership assistance, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) helps Ohio’s first-time homebuyers, renters, senior citizens, and others find quality, affordable housing that meets their needs. Find out how OHFA’s programs can help you.

Ohio Rental Housing Locator
If you decide to rent rather than own, use this free website to search the state for apartments and houses to rent by location, cost and features. The site is supported by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

Protecting Your Move
Check out the information from the website of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration before you choose a mover. Along with tips and guidelines, you can search their database on movers and their complaint history.

Save the Dream Ohio
Ohio's Foreclosure Prevention Effort