Get ratings and advice on businesses and services available in the Chicago metro area. Use Chicago Consumers' Checkbook to find plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Note: After you enter your library card number the first time, you'll complete a registration form with your name and address. Then, you'll receive an activation link via email which will allow you to leave your own ratings and comments on local businesses and service providers. And once you complete this process, only your library card number will be needed in the future. For more consumer information, check out our Business & Consumer page for links to library resources including Consumer Reports plus free websites such as Consumer Search.
We recently received the December issue of Consumer Reports magazine, which includes its annual, very helpful coverage on electronics. Come in and take a look at this for reviews and information about the hot new devices: tablets, phones, e-readers, cameras. Don't forget that with your library card you also have access to our Consumer Reports database. Here's the link to our list: http://ippl.info/digital-library/research-databases#c, or search it here in the library.
Want to check on your bank or credit union? Or perhaps you need to compare insurers – from life and annuity to property and casualty to health. Maybe you want another rating of stocks and mutual funds. Now you can do so online from home with Financial Ratings Series from Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings. We've got more new databases to share -- so check back next week for the latest resources from Indian Prairie Public Library.
Looking to get rid of your old electronics? On Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., drop off your old CPUs, hard drives, printers, monitors, and more at the Goodwill Store at 8615 W. Woodward Ave. in Woodridge. Also on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., visit the Elmhurst College parking lot at Park and Myrtle to dispose of electronics, eyeglasses, hearing aids, books, fire extinguishers, and more. For more information and other upcoming recycling events, visit the DuPage County website. Visit the Green Living page on our website to learn more about what actions you can take.
Trying to save money? Use GasBuddy.com to find the lowest gas prices in your area. The library presents a monthly "Today's Smart Living" series, where you can find other ways to save. On Monday, April 23 at 7pm, learn about Water Conservation and Rain Barrels. Then, join us on Thursday, May 24 at 7pm for Super Couponing 1 with expert Jill Cataldo. Don't forget to register at calendar.ippl.info.
Plan for your holiday shopping: take a look at the column in the November issue of Money Adviser (from Consumer Reports), on page 5, called "Black Friday Survival Tips." Each month, this newsletter-style magazine packs loads of consumer information on investing, retirement, and personal finance into its 16 no-ad pages . Also, read Lu's take on Consumer Report's ShopSmart magazine.
One of the staff spotted a great article, "Screen tests," in the latest issue of ShopSmart magazine. It will help you decide on an e-book reader vs. a tablet, and includes ShopSmart's recommendations for both types of devices. Don't forget that using your library card allows you to download books free to many devices through eMedia Library. You'll find the link on our site. Just today, Amazon.com made e-book downloads to Kindles accessible through eMedia Library. Downloading to Nooks, iPads, iPods, and many other devices has been available for quite some time.