Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Thirteen

Today I want to point out to you a single website and then I will list 13 things you can learn about, all for free.

The website is This is the Federal Citizen Information Center.

Most of these publications are free. Some say there is a cost but if you click on the ".pdf available" link, you will see what is in most of them without paying anything. Some come up in an Adobe reader but others come up in a webpage.

Some are two pages.

Some are 500 pages.

1. Heart Disease in Women. This comes up as a webpage and it lists the signs of heart disease for females. Since women have different symptoms than men, but the symptoms for males are the ones most people are familiar with, this is a good thing to read. For instance, did you know that pain in the belly above the belly button could be a sign of heart disease? I didn't.

2. Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number. This explains how to keep your Social Security number safe and tells you how to report a problem if your number is compromised.

3. Stroke. This publication explains what a stroke is, its causes, who is most at risk, and lists ways to lower those risks.

4. Home Inventory. This document explains why you need a home inventory and gives ideas about ways to create one. It also lists the insurance departments run by every state in the nation.

5. The Healthy Woman. This publication lists for $24.95 but I clicked on the .pdf link and it came up for me for free. It's almost 4 mbs so be prepared for a large file. It has over 15 pages on heart disease, and a similar number on stroke.Additionally, it covers cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, blood disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, pregnancy, mental health, nutrition, pain management, etc. It has 509 pages so it is a lot of information. I was excited to get this and saved it to the "health" file on my computer so I will have it. If you click on no other link, I urge you to save this to your computer for yourself or the woman in your life.

6. Copyright Basics. For the writers among my readers, I suggest getting this primer on copyright. It is 12 pages, and free for the download.

7. Introduction to Federal Taxes for Small Businesses/Self Employed. This takes you away from Federal Information site to the IRS site but it is a good link for writers to have.

8. Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals. This 74-page guide has a two-week menu, tips on cooking and keeping food safe, and of course, recipes.

9. The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence. Tired of pundits telling you what these important documents say? Read them for yourself and make up your own mind.

10. Know Your Rights: A Guide for Victims and Witnesses of Crime. While I hope no one needs this, it might be a good thing to know in case something does happen. It's a hard, cruel world out there, after all, and knowledge is power.

11. 66 Ways to Save Money. I don't know anyone who can't use a few hints on this now and then.

12. Saving Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future. This is 16 pages of financial information that seems very useful at first glance. If you're interested in your retirement future, take a look at this.

13. Take the Mystery out of Retirement. This is designed for people who are about 10 years away from retiring.  It is by the Department of Labor. Again, a lot of information if you're interested in this topic.

There are many other topics at the website. Spend some time there and find the things you're most interested in. You may be surprised.

Thursday Thirteen is played by many folks, all of whom list 13 things they are interested in. You can find a list of players here. This is my 156th time to play.


  1. Years ago I sent away to them for a bunch of information. Good to know.

  2. What a great collection of free info. I could do with those moneysaving tips for sure. :)

  3. Thanks so much for this link! I see several topics I'm going to check out.


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