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Free Financial Counseling:

If you can’t meet your goals—Homeschool, college, new home building or ownership, educational, travel or otherwise--because you’re mired in debt, get help. Get out of debt! Some free (or inexpensive) resources:

      Cornerstone Christian Counseling, E-Mail: http://www.cornerstonecredit.com; 888-PLAN4ME; Debtbustr@AOL.comlate and over limit ; Budgeting; obtains interest reductions and waiving of fees from many of your creditors; debt consolidation; rebuild your credit rating.

      Larry Burkett’s Christian Financial Concepts, PO Box 2377, Gainesville, GA 30503-2377;(770) 534-1000; http://www.cfcministry.org

      Faith-full Family Finances, http://www.fflife.org/ ; http://www.faith-fullfamilyfinances.com/ ; 1-888-03970 DEBT, Faith-Full Family Finances is a Christian financial planning company under the covering of Faith-Full Family Life Ministries. Faith-Full Family Finances offers free, personalized Get-Out-Of-Debt plans, which show families how they can be out of debt in 5-7 years, including their home mortgage, usually without changing their current income.

      Consumer Credit Counseling Service, 800-388-CCCS; free or low-cost financial guidance; can negotiate with creditors.

      Neighborhood ministry. Local ministers should be able to help you find financial help and counseling from local missions or from within their congregation.

General Interest Freebies

*Visit A Frugal Life, for a free newsletter, Tips, articles, recipes, links

*Free newsletter: A Simple, Frugal Life http://members.aol.com/DSimple/index.html

* Free coupons http://www.hotcoupons.com/

*Another coupon site, http://www.valupage.com

* Free things web site http://www.volition.com

*The Cheapskate Monthly Newsletter, (Mary Hunt) 1-(800) 550-3502.

*The Tightwad Twins Newsletter

*Miserly Moms

*The Dollar Stretcher--on-line column

*Save at the supermarkets

*Free Backyard Conservation Packet available from 1-888-LANDCARE


Small Business Resources

*International Small Business Consortium; free e-mail marketing newsletter, http://www.isbc.com/

*Inc. magazine online (for marketing information) http://www.inc.com

*Service Core of Retired Executives, http://www.score.org Free business advice from retired executives. At the web site, you can search for just the right personal business advisor, and correspond via e-mail.


Homeschool And Educational Freebies

*Apologia Educational Ministries offers free science demos, 1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220, Anderson, IN 46016; http://www.highschoolscience.com; free catalog from (800) 524-4724.

*Free Printables, http://www.freeprintable.com/ , offers plenty of free printing materials for all ages, including cards, calendars, coupons, games, lesson plans, worksheets, music and more

*Free Homeschool Tracker software, http://www.tghomesoft.com/ ; keep records, transcripts

*GoPhonics offers free downloads, reading assessment, http://www.gophonics.com/gaps.htm

*Homestead Blessings provides free video trailer demos at http://www.franklinsprings.com

*Home Education Magazine, Free homeschool information, http://www.home-ed-magazine.com

*Homeschool Helper, Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, SC, 29614-0060; http://www.bju.edu; Christian, U.S. subscriptions are free.

*McGraw-Hill, free 32 page educational workbook, free parent's newsletter, also free catalog, (800)298-4119; http://www.MHkids.com

*Montessori Educational Samples, free educational software demo, http://www.mecssoftware.com/home.htm

*The Relaxed Home Schooler Newsletter, a sample copy (at the time of this writing) is available free of charge from RHS, P.O. Box 2524, Cartersville, Ga., 30120; Unschooling philosophy.

*School Made Simple offers free samples, http://www.SchoolMadeSimple.com

*The Teaching Home, Box 469069, Escondido, CA 92045, (800)395-7760, WEB: http://www.TeachingHome.com; Find a support group; Free Homeschool Questions & Answers Brochures; yearly Special Needs section.

*"Permanent loan" (free) educational video tapes (you must complete a survery) such as "Backyard Tips From Chipper" (power tool safety) and "Shamu TV" (baby animals, animal communication, animal myths). Video Placement, 25 Second St. North, Suite 120. St. Petersburg, Florida, 33701; 727-823-2955; http://www.vpw.com

*Veritas Academy, http://www.veritaspress.com, teaches classical Christianity, and offers free reviews in their catalog, free consulting by phone (May to August), and free curriculum guide downloads from their web site.


Learn What to Teach When--Free Curriculum Guides For your Homeschool:

* A Beka Books, P.O. Box 18000, Pensacola, Florida, 32523, (800) 874-BEKA, a Christian curriculum supplier, will send a complimentary copy of their Scope & Sequence, Nursery through Grade Twelve , http://www.abeka.com/Resources/PDFs/ScopeAndSequence.pdf

* World Book Educational Products, 101 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 60007, 1-800-WORLDBK, http://www.worldbook.com , will send you a free copy of their booklet, Typical Course of Study, Kindergarten Through Grade 12.


Homeschool Used and Exceptionally Inexpensive Curriculum Sources (CATALOGS AND OUTLETS)

*BOOK CELLAR, 141 Canal St., #11, Nashua, N.H.; 800-338-4257; Used curriculum materials, especially Christian, but also Saxon, Holt, HBJ, etc.http://www.bookcellaronline.com/bco-2homeschool.htm 

*BOOK PEDDLER, The, Box 1960, Elyria, OH 44036 800-928-1760; www.BookPeddler.us and info@bookpeddler.us; 100 page catalog

*Christian Book Distributors, ask for special homeschool resources catalog, (800) 247-4794; http://www.christianbook.com

*Classroom Direct, discount educational supplies, free catalog, (800)248-9171, http://www.classroomdirect.com

*FOLLETT HOME EDUCATION, 5563 South Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60638, 800-554-5754, 1000 new and bargain books, this division targets homeschoolers, http://www.fes.follett.com/ .

*LAURELWOOD PUBLICATIONS, 540-554-2670, http://www.laurelwoodbooks.com , new and used curriculum

*GREAT CHRISIAN BOOKS HOMESCHOOL DISCOUNT WAREHOUSE, 229 South Bridge St., P.O. Box 8000, Elkton, MD 21922-8000; discount Christian homeschool material, mail order

*HALF PRICE BOOKS, Books, Records, Magazines, software; dicsount book stores, available in Ohio California, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. Ask for additional 10 % "educator's discount" card --show proof of homeschooling (such as a letter from government school superintendent).

*HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATES, 116 Third Ave, Auburn, ME 04210; 800-882-2828. http://homeschoolassociates.com Used textbooks, traveling bookmobile, conferences, diplomas, and regional school program

*More homeschool suppliers, Wise Steward's Homeschool Resources


Free E-mail and Internet--save your money and build your new home, save for education or travel

*Free Stuff Center's free Internet Providers

*Net Zero, free or low cost Web and Internet service

*Free e-mail, low cost web, http://www.Juno.com

*Computer Safety Fun Kit, "Free" (plus $1.99 postage) http://www.surplusdirect.com/


Free Offers On the Internet for your homeschool:

*The Bible's Way to Victory over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges, offers a free e-book, "Sound answers on preventing and overcoming Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder," http://christian-parenting.learninginfo.org/

*The Explorer--collection of free curriculum resources http://explorer.scrtec.org/explorer/

*Popcorn and Peanuts Homeschooling (Charlotte Mason, unschooling homeschool resources) http://homepage.bushnell.net/~peanuts/homeschool.html Educational Software to Try and Software Reviews

* Read*Right*Now, Information Resource Center, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20202; 800-USA-LEARN; Free reading activity kit.

*SAXON PUBLISHERS, 1320 West Lindsey St., Norman, Ok.73069; info@saxonpub.com; 800 - 284-7019; K-College Level math and physics; free placement tests, sample lessons, free Saxon Math sampler CD-ROM; popular math program among homeschoolers--very rigorous

*Jumbo--almost 50,000 shareware and freeware programs http://www.jumbo.com

*P.E.P., for Parents, Educators, and Publishers, educational software reviews and software publisher directory, http://www.Microweb.com/pepsite

*Shareware.com http://www.shareware.com/?msn.most

*LEARNING CO., THE, 800-227-5609; http://www.learningco.com/, inexpensive educational software

*SERIOUS DEVELOPMENTS, 216 Dogwood Dr, Auburn, AL 800-338 - 3229, http://seriousd.com; Christian software including the Internet Kit for Christians; Free (no shipping charge, no order necessary) Proverb-A-Day software

*SOFTBASICS; Free Math Tri-Pack to any e-mail requester; optional Language Arts Master may be added if desired. Windows 95/98; Children 6-12. Small shipping and handling fee required after installation, http://www.vgernet.net/sbasics


Free Classic Books for homeschoolers, or just for fun!

Some of these electronic sources can be printed out for your enjoyment

1600 free books; electronic format

Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia

ALEX Catalogue of Electronic Texts--English Lit

The Great Books

Internet Classics

Ancient texts at the Perseus Project

The English Server

French Books

Das Projekt Gutenberg: German books
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EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL AND VACATION TIPS AND FREEBIES

Some tips from the new book by Morgan and Allee, Educational Travel On a Shoestring

Don’t waste your hard-earned cash on a scam! Research any travel agency or consolidator before you decide to do business with them. The Better Business Bureau makes the following recommendations:
"Our best piece of advice is to verify the reliability of the business and verify all travel package details before you pay any fee, no matter how small. Deal only with businesses you know and have confidence in, or have checked out with the BBB or a recognized travel organization," Bast said. "And, get the details of your vacation in writing before you send a check or provide credit card number information."
Consumers should be aware that travel packages might require consumers to travel during restricted times and to stay in accommodations whose quality and location may not match advertised photos. The company may also reserve the right to change accommodations without consulting the consumer.
While seemingly cheap, travel package plans may fail to cover basic expenses -- such as transportation to and from the destination, meals, accommodations, and taxes -- the addition of which may make "the deal" less worthwhile. Reservation and cancellation requirements may also be restrictive. Consumers considering purchasing a travel package should request information about all accommodations, any costs not covered by the package and reservation and cancellation policies before buying."

For a brochure on how to protect yourself from vacation and travel scams send $2.00 and a self-addressed envelop to Council of Better Business Bureaus, Department 023, Washington, DC 20042-0023. The brochure is also available on the web at http://www.bbb.org, under the Resource Library, Publications section.”

*Also check out http://consumerworld.com Consumer World is a non-commercial resource with over 2000 consumer resources. It also has a wealth of information for frugal living in general, including travel.

*Highway rest stops, where you first come into the state on the interstate highway, offer free maps and racks of free information about events and educational outings. You will find fliers on museums, parks, restaurants, tourist information. Also many offer coupon books that include decreased hotel rates and restaurant discount coupons.

*Homeschoolers take note: Homeschoolers are educators. Educators discounts are often available at theme parks and other attractions. Also use your educator’s card to buy tourism books, atlases, etc. at stores such as Media Play and Half Price Books.

**To obtain 1-800s for most states, hotel/motel chains, companies offering tours, call the toll free operator at 1-800-555-1212. If you plan to camp or rent a cabin in a lake, boating, etc., also call 1-800- (STATE). Ask for their state campground and cabin guides. When planning your trip, you can find advance information such as:
1. Is camping primitive or are their electric outlets available at campsites?
2. What about waste dumps, showers, etc.
*Visit local hotels where you live and pick up one of their free chain guides which list hotel /motel locations, accommodations, prices, etc. Look up the state and town where you will be staying.
*If you are a member of an auto club, they usually can get you maps, tour guides, customized trip guides and numerous discounts for every part of your trip. If you will be flying, you can get package deals with discounts for the air fare, car rental, hotel and sometimes restaurants. If not in an auto club, and will fly, always call travel agency and compare a “package” with what you would pay to price everything separately. Because “package” can usually offer many discounts, you usually save more than if you purchase the air fare, hotel and car rental separately.


Free and Fun For All Links

Our children can learn from real experiences, not just textbooks and workbooks. That’s why this section is a free-for-all of interesting, fun, real-life freebies, although some may not be considered strictly educational. If nothing else, the following free or low-cost resources should help you to justify the bill from your Internet provider. They can provide a relaxing break from routine, and help guard against homeschool burnout.


Syllabus Magazine
http://www.syllabus.com/syllmag.html

Free evaluation copy of Math Tutor for grades 1 through 12
http://www.csun.edu/~vcact00g/math.html

Freeware Central
http://www.ptf.com/free/

Mathematics Experiences Through Image Processing (METIP)
http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/metip/metip.html

Aerospace Education Services Program
http://www.okstate.edu/aesp/AESP.html

The Explorer--collection of free curriculum resources
http://explorer.scrtec.org/explorer/

The Ultimate Children's Internet Sites
http://www.vividus.com/ucis.html

Christian Bookmarks
http://poweramp.poweramp.net/brodrick

Screen Savers Bonanza
http://www.bonanzas.com/ssavers

Free Art--redecorate your web page
http://www.solarflare.com/freeart

The Font Fairy--free fonts
http://home.earthlink.net/~ewhall/fontfairy/freefonts.html

Abacus http://www.ee.ryerson.ca:8080/~elf/abacus

After Dark on-line news screensaver
http://www.afterdark.com

Anagram Generator
http://www.infobahn.com/pages/anagram.html

Animated Children's educational software
http://www.eden.com/~flixprod

Fill out a form; get to choose a free book
http://www.harpercollins.com/survey.htm

Architect Kit
http://www.koalabear.com/freestuff.htm

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
http://www.Columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/bartlett

Consumer Information Center Pamphlets
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov

Bumper Stickers
http://www.grouper.com/stickers/free.htm

Business Cards
http://www.psnw./~wattsnet/freesam.html

Cartoon Maker
http://www.nfx.com

Christian Teen Magazine
http://www2.globalvision.net/resources/teen

College applications on CD ROM
http://www.weapply.com]

College entrance exam software
http://www.review.com/tests/software_instructions.html

Colorforms Computer Fun Set Demo
http://www.gryphonsw.com/demos.html#cfsmac

Color Photo Scan
http://magnet.mwci.net/mall/free/offer

Congressional E-mail Directory
http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

Congressional Voting Records
http://pathfinder.com/CQ

Craft supplies
http://www.ppi-free/freestf2.htm

Creative writing demo for children
http://www.microsoft.com/kids/free02.htm

Drawtools Designer Software
http://www.macromedia.com/oftware/xtras/freehand/ extensis.html/

Duraflame log
http://www.duraflame.com

The Elements of Style
http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/strunk

Encryption Software Demo
http://www.isoll.co.uk

Etch-a-Sketch Screensaver
http://www.etch-a-sketch.com/etchpgs/etchss.html

Flipbook Animation Software
http://www.viewport.com/flipbooks

Garfield Paw Prints Screensaver
http://www.garfield.com//game/screensaver/pcs/paws.zip

Guestbook for your web site
http://www.piett.com

Guitar lessons on-line
http://members.tripod.com/~blubb

Hands-On Science Experiments
http://www.thetech.org

Harmonica lessons
http://www.volcano.net/~jackmearl/10lessons.html

Health News Naturally Magazine
http://www.keats.com/news

The Knowledge Adventure Encyclopedia
http://www.adventure.com//library/encyclopedia

Latin dictionary and Vocabulary
http://www.centaursystems.com/demolist.html

LED Signmaker
http://www.tripod.com/planet/toybox/led

Make your own screensaver demo
http://websites.earthlink.net/~pcs

MIDI music and software
http://www.angelfire.com/pg1/achtung

FreeShop On-line
http://www.freeshop.com

Mousepad
http://www.cadshare.com/freepad.html

Multimedia creativity tool for children
http://www.cyberpuppy.com/mmkinfo.html

Music sound bytes for multimedia
http://www.iqm.com/mbsamp.html

Nutrition software
http://members.aol.com/nutisoft/ngmd40.html

Paint Shop Pro for Windows
http://www.visitorinfo.com/software/paint/htm

Personality test
http://sunsite.unc.edu/jembin/mb.pl

Public Domain Internet Resources List
http://www.northcoast.com/savetz/pd/pd/html

Research questions answered
http://www.findout.com

Sand dollar from Florida
http://www.itsasmallworld.com/

Scholarship search
http://www.collegenet.com

Speed reading software demo
http://createwin.com/rocket.html

Thomas Register of U.S. Manufacturers
http://www.stsci.com

T.V. Guide OnLine
http://www.tvguide.com

TV listings
http://www.thegist.com

Virtual Legos
http://trailhead.mit.edu/~lego

Wallpaper for Windows
http://www.corel.com/freefuntastic/themepacks/index.htm

Watch with your company's logo
http://www.imagewatch.com/freesamp/html

Windows engineering software
http://www.windmill.co.uk

Web Retriever Pro electronic publishing software
http://www.mcgeary.com/freesoft.htm

Will Kit
http://www.4kz.com/interwill

Product Reviews from dozens of magazines--check this out before you buy appliances, computers, etc
http://www.productreviewnet.com

Contact Congress, by state, Voter Education Section at Christian Coalition's site
http://www.cc.org

Small business Resource Center
http://www.webcom.com/~seaquest/

Income Taxation Information (yes, nothing is more certain)
http://www.best.com/~ftmexpat/notebook.html

Council For Disability Rights
http://www.disabilityrights.org

Mapquest--on-line atlas
http://www.mapquest.com

Free coupons from hotcoupons.com
http://www.hotcoupons.com/

Free things from
http://www.volition.com

Subscribe to dozens of computer-related magazines for free
http://www.soci.niu.edu/~huguelet/TLOFCRP

Find out about free internet access
http://www.usask.ca/~scottp/free.html

Find out about free e-mail with Juno. Use e-mail to motivate your kids to write
http://www.Juno.com

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on animated GIFs, plus free for use graphics
http://www.ssanimation

EZ-PAGE for kids (kids create their own web page on-line, for free)
http://www.ccweb.com/creator/cgi/kidspage.cgi


Psalm 78:4-8; "We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done."
Copyright (c) 1998-2009 Melissa L. Morgan

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